About the Match
Ireland hosts Scotland in their 2nd ODI match of the WCL championship on 8th September 2013. Topping the table with 22 points, Ireland is riding high after qualifying for the 2015 World Cup. Scotland on the other hand is at 15 points and suffered a huge blow to their world cup campaign after their loss to Ireland in the 1st ODI. Scotland has to now wait for the qualifying tournament to make it to the world cup that’s just 18 months away. For both the teams, their performance at the WCL matches is crucial, ahead of their preparation for the World Series. Let‘s wait and see which team will conquer in this crucial match.
Tim Murtagh continued his brilliant performance, this time with the bat against Scotland in their first ODI encounter. Having shocked the English team with his amazing 3-33 in the ODI match, Murtagh shone with the bat and crushed Scotland’s hopes. He kept his cool and took his team home. Wlliam Porterfield’s superb form continued as he posted 95 runs for the 1st wicket with Paul Stirling. His batting skills had created a flutter in the English team when the Irish put up 269 runs and looked confident of a win. Victory had eluded them then, but not yesterday. In spite of a middle order collapse, it was Johnston, Sorensen and later Murtagh who contributed and won the match. Earlier George Dreckell’s amazing 4-24 had restricted Scotland to an achievable 223. The team needs to focus and continue with their strong performances.
Scotland lost the 1st ODI and a good chance of qualifying for the World Cup. Captain Preston Mommsen led from the front against Ireland and posted an unbeaten 91 runs to make a solid foundation for the team. But a lack of good partnerships cost them the match by a narrow margin. After setting a target of 223 runs, the bowlers did well to keep the pressure on the hosts in yesterday’s match. Majid Haq’s superb spell claimed three important wickets and the Scotts were cheering at one stage. Just when Ireland started to settle in their chase, Machan took the important wicket of Sorensen. However, they struggled to defend their score in the final overs. The promising Safyaan Sharif added 26 runs off 25 balls but the likes of Kyle Coetzer were definitely missed. The team must play to its strengths and put up a strong fight in tomorrow’s match.
Though Scotland has been through a long dry spell, it looks like they are hungry for a win here. Even though they are out of the race of being the top two in the WCL, the Scotland team has shown some promise in yesterday’s match and will definitely do better. Ireland on the other hand is looking very confident, barring the small gaps in the batting line-up. It will be a tough contest, but Ireland still looks better placed to win this match.
Ireland, 1.22 @ William Hill