Scotland defeated by Ireland in Dubai
Scotland were defeated by Ireland at Dubai International Stadium in their second fixture in the Triangular Series on Monday.
Scotland traveled to the Dubai International Stadium to face Ireland, as preperations continue towards the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Ireland won the toss and asked their opponents to bat first in this day night encounter. Scotland didn't get off the best of starts,losing Calum MacLeod fifth ball into the innings, after a superb delivery by Craig Young clipped the top of off-stump.
The big fast bowler seems to relish playing against Scotland, and was again causing the batsmen problems – dismissing Hamish Gardiner and captain Preston Mommsen – to leave Scotland teetering on 46/4.
A vital partnership of 65 between Matt Machan and Richie Berrington helped get their team out of a sticky situation.
Berrington was dismissed for 28 when Gary Wilson snaffled an edge standing up to Alex Cusack, but Machan continued to lead from the front, completing his third half century for Scotland.
Matthew Cross was run out second ball into his innings, as he and Machan looked for three runs, while Rob Taylor also fell in the same fashion after adding 17 to the score.
Machan looked to reach his second One Day International century, but like Gardiner in the first fixture, fell agonisingly short of a century when he was caught in the deep for 86.
Michael Leask (16) and Majid Haq (10) both reached double figures; Haq playing an anchor-role with his runs coming from 43 balls. Scotland’s inning concluded on 216/9 from their allotted 50 overs.
Ireland’s innings started in a similar fashion to their opponents. Iain Wardlaw struck with his second delivery in the opening over to remove William Porterfield for 0.
Taylor was the next bowler to strike the following over, when a full delivery struck the pads of Ed Joyce, to leave Ireland on 7/2.
Paul Stirling looked in good touch as he made his way to 28, which included a huge six, until Wardlaw beat his defences with a yorker.
Niall O’Brien was given a life when he struck a delivery on the up to MacLeod at mid-off, but the chance went down. O’Brien made the most of his opportunity, and together with Gary Willson, began to build.
Wilson departed the scene when he struck the first ball of Leask’s innings back to the bowler, who held on to a sharp chance.
Kevin O’Brien had made 13 before a Wardlaw delivery took the edge through to Cross behind the stumps to lift the Scots in the field.
Balbirnie (20) was trapped LBW by Haq, with the game still in the balance, however O’Brien and the experienced John Mooney helped to move Ireland to within touching distance of victory, until Mooney departed for 36 with only 13 runs required.
Victory was eventually completed when Cusack hit the winnings runs with 21 deliveries still remaining to seal a 3 wicket win for Ireland, with O’Brien unbeaten on 80*.
Scotland will now face Afghanistan on Wednesday.