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After a high scoring encounter, Ireland and Scotland will meet once again in that will be the second match of the two consecutive games. In the first match, Ireland thumped Scotland by a considerable margin of 46 runs. Scotland have done reasonably well in their recent games albeit without getting a win and they'd like to convert their form into a win here. The equation for Ireland will be pretty simple, a win here will ascertain their place among the top two teams of the two series.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Ireland started their innings in a flying fashion. Paul Stirling found back his lost form as he struck 51 runs off just 29 deliveries. While James Shannon failed to get going in the innings, the man replacing him at the crease played a match-defining knock.
Andy Balbarnie joined Paul Stirling with just 25 runs on the board and he was the second-last man to depart after playing a splendid knock of 74. Skipper Gary Wilson also contributed well with a beautifully compiled knock of 58 runs. The other batsmen in Simi Singh and
It was the case of a job-well-done after the first innings, but the bowlers still had to bowl well to defend the total. While the seamers were thwarted for plenty, the spinners picked up wickets and bowled economically at the same time. Peter Chase, Barry McCarthy, and Stuart Thompson gave away 108 runs in their eleven overs combined. In comparison, the trio of Singh, Dockrell, and Stirling conceded only 51 runs in 9 overs and picked up four crucial wickets.
After two consecutive losses in the first two games, it was imperative for Ireland to register a win here. Batsmen came out with purpose and spinners pushed the final nail in the coffin. They've found their rhythm back and they'll be a tough team to defeat in the next game.
PR Stirling, J Shannon, Andy Balbirnie, Simi Singh, GC Wilson, Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Poynter, SR Thompson, George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, Peter Chase.
Scotland started off the proceedings brightly by picking up a wicket in the third over of the innings, but that was it. Barring Stu Whittingham, no bowler could keep Irish batsmen from scoring runs. Whittingham finished with the figures of 4-0-27-1, picking up Andy Balbernie in process.
Chasing a tall total, Scotland required a flashy start and their openers, George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer, did not disappoint. The duo partnered for 65 runs for the opening wicket and kept Scotland well within the game. However, it was all downhill after that as the other batsmen failed to carry the momentum forward and they ended up needing too many runs with not many balls to spare. George Munsey was the top scorer for Scotland in this match; he scored 41 off just 24 deliveries.
Scotland have shown the glimpses of brilliance in the last three matches, but they have failed to seal the deal more often than not. Their bowlers have erred in line and length and their batsmen haven't scored quickly enough. The Scottish team certainly is full of talent, but they'd need to apply themselves and perform to their full capacity to topple Ireland in the next encounter.
George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Dylan Budge, Michael Leask, Matthew Cross, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Hamza Tahir, Stuart Whittingham.
The match is being played on the same ground. Expect the skippers to once again go with the tested decision of winning the toss and batting first.
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Unlike Saturday, Sunday is expected to be a cloudy day where seamers will get some assistance, especially in the first few overs. Other than that, it will be a good day for batting, largely because of smaller boundaries and a flat track. The team batting first will be looking to put up a total of at least 170.
Ireland were clinical on a day when it mattered and will be looking to repeat their performance. While Scotland should not be too disappointed with their performance as they did better than what the scorecard suggests, they certainly have a few areas to improve. For Ireland, each of the half-centurions scored with the strike-rate of more than 150. In contrast, there wasn't any 50+ score from the Scottish side. Considering the form, team-on-paper, and recent performances, Ireland are expected to come on top yet again on Sunday.