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After a terrific win against England last week, Scotland suffered back to back defeats from Pakistan in two T20Is. Ireland, too, are coming on the back of a couple of losses against the Netherlands in the same format. The two teams will now meet each other the third match of the tri-series between Ireland, Netherlands, and Scotland. Having already lost a couple of games, Ireland will be desperate for a win. Scotland are playing their first game of the series and a win here for them will put them in a sweet position. The match is scheduled to begin at 3 pm GMT at Sportpark Het Schootsveld, Deventer.
Gary Wilson recently took over the reigns from William Porterfield in the shortest version of the game, but things haven't started brightly for him. In two closely contested games, Netherlands pipped Ireland in two consecutive matches.
Simi Singh's all-round show on debut didn't prove to be enough in the first match as the rest of the lineup succumbed under chasing pressure. After winning the toss, Ireland were in the driving seat, but some excellent batting by Pieter Seelaar and Bas de Leede drew the advantage away from the Irish team. Chasing 145, the Irish team didn't get to a good start with batsmen taking up deliveries and getting out. They fell short by four-runs with Simi Singh unbeated on 57. Singh also contributed with excellent bowling as he picked up three crucial wickets in the death overs.
Batting first in the second match didn't change Irish fortunes. The Netherlands restricted the men in green for a total of 158 which the Netherlands achieved with 4 wickets and an over to spare. Skipper Gary Wilson played a useful knock of 45, but with no batsman standing up for support. George Dockrell contributed with his useful spell of 2 for 30, again without any other significant contribution.
Ireland are going through a change with Ed Joyce and William Porterfield not being a part of this lineup. Having said that, they still are an extremely capable lineup. Scotland will certainly have to play hard to prevail over the men in green.
PR Stirling, J Shannon, Andy Balbirnie, Simi Singh, GC Wilson, Kevin O'Brien, SR Thompson, Stuart Poynter, George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, Peter Chase.
Joyed with a historic win over England, Scotland went into the T20 series against Pakistan brimming with confidence. However, they could not repeat their ODI success in the T20Is.
Scotland began their campaign on a good note as they removed Pakistan's top-order cheaply. Excellent batting by Sarfaraz Khan and Shoaib Malik took the game away from them as the bowlers were carted to all parts of the ground with 204 being the eventual Pakistani total. Scotland got off to a flying start with openers contributing, but the chase went off the tracks in the 8th over with Scotland at 63 for 2. They fell short of the target by a margin of 48 runs.
While their bowlers bowled well in the second match to restrict Pakistan to a total of 166, the batsmen could not live up the task of chasing a par-score. Calum MacLeod scored 26 out of a total of 82 with Richie Berrington chipping in with a knock of 20 runs.
Scotland are a good side which was validated by their win against England. They'd, however, need to pull their socks up and perform as a team to deliver Ireland a knockout punch in the upcoming games. With the talent they have at their disposal, it certainly is possible.
George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross, Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Dylan Budge, Michael Leask, MRJ Watt, Chris Sole, Alasdair Evans, Stuart Whittingham.
Both Scotland and Ireland have suffered against the scoreboard pressures in their recent matches. Therefore expect the skippers to bat first after winning the toss.
It's expected to be an excellent day for Cricket with the maximum temperature expected to be just 22 degrees. The boundaries aren't particularly largest at Deventer. We expect a surface conducive for batting with a total of around 160 a par score.
Ireland were stunned by the Netherlands in two close matches and will be desperate for a win here. Scotland, too, would like to get back to the winning ways after back-to-back defeats. With Porterfield and Joice missing from the squad and Paul Stirling not in best of the form, the Irish batting lineup appears to be a little brittle. Scottish batting, on the other hand, did well against England and Pakistan except for their last match. With match-winning experienced batsmen in Calum MacLeod, Matthew Cross, and Kyle Coetzer, the Scotish team is better placed to win this upcoming encounter.