About the Match
Ireland hosts Scotland in their 1st ODI encounter of the WCL championship on Sep 6. After being denied a win against England yesterday, the team will come out with all guns blazing against Scotland. It was a close finish for the English as Ireland put up a valiant effort and at one stage looked confident enough to overpower the visitors. However, this was not to be. Meanwhile, Scotland suffered a humiliating defeat against the Australians by a massive 200 runs. It’s been a dry spell for Scotland and will have to rework their game plan going into this match. Needs to be seen which team excels on Sep 6.
Ireland put up a convincing 269 runs against England, majority of which came off of William Porterfield’s bat. His 6th ODI hundred came to the rescue of his team as he led from the front against the powerful English. However, his magnificent innings weren’t enough for a win, even though the bowlers displayed a sense of urgency in taking wickets. Murtagh was the most successful with his figure of 3-33 and causing destruction of the English batting line-up. The other bowlers however, failed to perform especially against their compatriot Eoin Morgan, who went on to win the match for England. There were some glorious moments from the team that brought some pride to the spectators but their lack of pace bowling and all-round performances cost them this match. The Irish will have to work on their weaknesses and sort out their issues before the upcoming ODI series against Scotland.
Scotland failed in their mission to put a competitive performance against the Aussies yesterday and lost the ODI match by 200 runs. This loss will definitely affect their confidence going into the all-important WCL championship matches against Ireland. However, the team needs to learn from their mistakes and move ahead with a positive attitude. There were glimpses of determination in yesterday’s match when the bowlers like Gordon Drummond, Iain Wardlaw and Majid Haq tried their level best to remove the Australian batsmen. However, they couldn’t stop the flurry of runs from Finch and Shaun Marsh. The young Scotland openers lacked experience and couldn’t last long against the Australian bowlers. Matt Machan and MacLeod tried to build a partnership but succumbed to the pressure. From then on it was only a rapid downfall, with a little fight shown by the tail Enders. The team needs to assess their flaws and show improvement to win against Ireland.
Both the teams have good players, with some of them showing great promise. Porterfield and Murtagh will have to take the lead again for Ireland along with Mooney and Kevin O’Brien, who need to perform better in the upcoming matches. Scotland too needs to improve on all fronts, especially the youngsters who will be tested before the World Series. The match could go either way, but it looks like an easy win for the better performing Ireland team.
Ireland, 1.17 @ William Hill