After facing defeat to the Netherlands in the opening game of quadrangular series, Scotland will be looking to bounce back against Ireland on Friday (9:45am GMT) at the Al Amarat Cricket Stadium in the second game of the series.
With the two sides knowing each other well in this format, Friday’s game will be hotly contested as Scotland look to get a vital win on the board.
Here is a look at the last five meetings between the two nations.
June 17, 2018 Deventer: Tied
In this Tri-Series match in the Netherlands, George Munsey and skipper Kyle Coetzer put 93 runs on in just 8.1 overs to lead the way for Scotland. They fell for 46 and 54 respectively, but at 123-2 the Scots were well placed. In the end 46 not out from 39 balls by Calum MacLeod saw them post 184-5. Paul Stirling was the main man for Ireland, the opener smashing 81. In the end the Irish needed seven runs from the last over, Stuart Thompson scampering two off the last ball to secure the tie.
June 16, 2018 Deventer: Ireland won by 46 runs
The day before in the same tournament, the Irish had been in top form. Paul Stirling had again been in good form with 51 from 29 balls, but it was a superb knock of 74 from just 40 balls by Andrew Balbirnie that was the catalyst. Captain Gary Wilson also made 58 as they posted a daunting 205-5. George Munsey made 41, Kyle Coetzer 33 and Dylan Budge 23 not out off 20 balls, but Scotland could only manage to make it to 159-5 in reply.
January 20, 2017 Dubai: Ireland won by 98 runs
Ireland batted first and although spinner Con de Lange secured the wickets of both openers, Paul Stirling and Stuart Poynter, they had scored 61 and 39 respectively to give their side a good start. Gary Wilson then plundered 65 not out from 29 balls as they made 211-6 and gave Scotland a proper total to chase. In reply, Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross put on 45 within five overs for the first wicket, but once the latter was back in the pavilion for 35 things all went wrong and the Scots were 113 all out.
June 20, 2015 Bready: Scotland won by six wickets
Safyaan Sharif and Gavin Main opened the bowling for Scotland in this one and both seamers did a cracking job. They took 2-26 and 1-21 respectively before the Irish batsman dug in to get them up over 150, Andrew Poynter and captain Keith O’Brien making 36 as the home side made 166-6. A second wicket stand of 73 between Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross set Scotland up for the win, before a brilliant 47 not out from skipper Preston Mommsen off 29 balls saw they to victory.
June 18, 2015 Bready: Scotland won by six wickets
Safyaan Sharif, Ali Evans and Michael Leask were the bowlers on point for the Scots in this one, the two seamers and the spinner taking five wickets between them. David Rankin top scored with 34 and Keith O’Brien posted 30, but Ireland’s 146-5 always looked a bit light. Matthew Cross, bating at three in this game, was the mainstay of Scotland’s successful reply. His 60 was backed up by 26 not out from Craig Wallace and 24 not out from Richie Berrington in a six wicket triumph.
Written by Gary Heatly.