Captain Paul Stirling led the way with a 51-ball 71. He received good support from Andrew Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker as the team scored 159 from their stipulated 20 overs.
Their bowling look on full song. Each of Peter Chase, Joshua Little and George Dockrell picked up two wickets. Although Chase was a little expensive, he looked like taking wickets which is the most essential part in T20s. Simmi Singh was that pick of the bowlers and bowled at an economy of five while also picking up three wickets.
The likes of Kevin O'Brien in Ireland's batting lineup have a lot of international experience which is expected to see them through. This is why Ireland are the favorites to win the tournament. They also have an all-round bowling attack and do not over depend on a specific player.
For Scotland, George Munsey and Calum MacLeod got together to set a stable base for the team but apart from Craig Wallace, who scored a 19-ball 27, not much support came from the lower order because of which they posted a below par total of just above 150.
Although their bowlers kept them in the match throughout by bowling economically, wickets did not come in a bunch which is essential to restrict a team while chasing a small total.
That being said, Scotland are a better team than their first performance and are expected to perform better in the match against Ireland.
Ireland- Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker, Simi Singh, Stuart Poynter, Shane Getkate, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Peter Chase, Boyd Rankin
Scotland- Michael Leask, Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross, Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Alasdair Evans, Safyaan Sharif, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Ruaidhri Smith
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Ireland
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Kyle Coetzer (Scotland), Paul Stirling (Ireland)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Safyaan Sharif (Scotland), George Dockrell (Ireland)
Most Sixes – Kyle Coetzer (Scotland), Paul Stirling (Ireland)
Team Scores Batting First – Scotland 155+, Ireland 160+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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