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Kevin O'Brien will look to impress for Ireland yet again. Reuters

Ireland might have stamped their authority in Northern Hemisphere rugby with the Six Nations title, and the Irish will now look to find a path towards the Super 10 of the World T20 2014 with a few victories wielding the willow.

The first obstacle standing in their way comes in the mould of Zimbabwe with the two sides meeting in their respective opening matches at the Sylhet Stadium.

Zimbabwe might be a full member of the ICC, but it is the Associate member Ireland, who will probably start favourites going into the tie.

"Tomorrow is another great opportunity for us, to try and get a win and set ourselves up for the next game and then we will be in a good position to move forward," Ireland skipper William Porterfield said.

"The intention is not just to qualify but to go on and beat teams in the Super 10. It will mean a lot for Irish cricket. With restructuring and everything going on, it will be a big statement for us to make but we cannot look too farther than tomorrow's game.

"I might sound clichéd, but you got to take each game as it comes. First one is Zimbabwe -- that is the first hurdle, the first priority, we have to go out there and win that game. And then we move forward to UAE and then to Holland.

"That is the simplest way of looking at it. We go out and take out tomorrow's game first, and then we regroup, reassess and see where we are at for the UAE game."

For Zimbabwe getting to the Super 10 will be vital if they are to continue convincing the powers-that-be that they belong with the top dogs. A side which not too long ago were a formidable limited-overs unit have now fallen down remarkably, thanks mainly to administrative failures.

There is no better way to put your woes behind you, though, than to win matches, and get into the business end of a World Cup. "There is a lot of expectation from the people," Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor said. "We are expected to go through and we believe we are good enough to do that

"But having said that, Ireland is a good team, Netherlands have got some good players and so have UAE and we have to play our best cricket to do that.

"We have never been in a situation like this. It is very tricky for us. We realise we are going to have to play tough cricket. They [Ireland and Afghanistan] are improving all the time. They have got some really hungry players, some match-winners.

"They are really setting the bar for Associate teams. And they are really closing in the gap between the Test nations, which is good and healthy for cricket. It is crunch time now, so the better team on the day is going to come through.

"We are coming up against opposition we are not familiar with. That can be tricky. Each team will have a match-winner. We need to respect and give credit to the other teams. We need to try and play dominating cricket as you can be ball-watching if you don't respect other teams."

Zimbabwe haven't played a match since September, so rust will certainly be an issue, while Ireland are coming off an impressive win against the West Indies - the World T20 defending champions. If the form book is taken into consideration, then the men in green seem to have the edge.

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World T20 2014: Ireland vs Zimbabwe Live TV and Streaming Information (Match starts 3.30 pm local time, 3 pm IST, 9.30 am GMT, 5.30 am ET)

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Expected lineups: Ireland: William Porterfield (capt), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Andrew Poynter, Gary Wilson (wk), Kevin O'Brien, Max Sorensen, Alex Cusack, Tim Murtagh, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell.

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor (capt), Vusi Sibanda, Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya, Natsai M'Shangwe, Tinashe Panyangara, Brian Vitori.