The 6th match of the T20I Tri-series 2019 will be played between Ireland and Scotland at The Village in Dublin.
The match starts at 13:30 M local rime [12:30 PM GMT] [6:00 PM IST]
This series will be live on Star Sports Select 2 and Star Sports Select 2 HD in India. Live streaming is available on Hotstar.
It has been such an entertaining series, hasn’t it? A keenly contested affair with every side getting the better of the other at some point or the other. Just as it looked that Ireland and Scotland will stroll their way into the finals, Netherland, riding on the back on an imperious 144-run stand between Ben Cooper and Max O’Dowd scripted a great renaissance to oust hosts Ireland.
And, so it is all to play for both sides heading into the last league-stage encounter on Friday. The last time these two sides met, Calum McLeod’s 44-ball 72 was trumped by the all-round display of Gareth Delany (52 off 28 balls, 2-31) and Andrew Balbirnie’s 32-ball-64.
Weather continues to be bright and sunny in Dublin. As has been the case throughout this week, Friday is expected to be another gorgeous day for playing cricket with maximum temperatures hovering around 18 degrees and lowest at 12 degrees.
3-252, 7-194, 7-193, 6-194, 7-181 and 4-183. If that does reveal a story about the nature of the pitch, nothing will. Flat Pitch, lush-green outfields, small boundaries: A recipe for disaster for the bowlers. Nothing but the same is expected tomorrow.
Average first innings score: 215 (Record in T20I matches since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6 Lost – 4
Will be added when there’s an update.
Probable Playing XIs:
Kevin O’Brien, Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie, Gary Wilson (c & wk), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, David Delany, Boyd Rankin, Stuart Thompson
Bench – Paul Stirling, Jacob Mulder, George Dockrell, Craig Young
George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (c), Calum McLeod, Michael Leask, Richie Berrington, Ollie Haris, Matthew Cross (wk), Tom Sole, Adrian Neill, Alasdair Evans, Hamza Tahir
Bench: Safyaan Sharif, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt
Ireland: The trio of Andrew Balbirnie (109 runs in 2 matches), Gareth Delany (64 runs in 2 matches) and Kevin O’Brien (47 runs in 2 matches) will once again hold the key for the Irish. Harry Tector (81 runs in 2 games) could be an ideal punt for Grand Leagues.
Scotland: George Munsey (161 runs in 2 matches), Calum MacLeod (72 runs in 1 inning) and Kyle Coetzer (99 runs in 2 games) will be the cornerstone of the Scotts batting unit.
Note: Match 5 scores aren’t considered in this post.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Andrew Balbirnie, Gareth Delany, George Munsey
Vice-Captain – Calum McLeod, Mark Adair, Kevin O’Brien
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket
Keeper – Gary Wilson
Batters – Andrew Balbirnie (VC), Kevin O’Brien, Kyle Coetzer, Calum McLeod, George Munsey (C)
All-Rounders – Mark Adair, George Delany
Bowlers – Adrian Neill, Boyd Rankin, Alasdair Evans
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Gary Wilson
Batters – Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Kyle Coetzer, Calum McLeod (VC), George Munsey
All-Rounders – Mark Adair, Gareth Delany (C)
Bowlers – Hamza Tahir, Boyd Rankin, Alasdair Evans
Considering the pitch is as flat as a highway, picking more top-order batsman and making them captain/vice-captain will be a good strategic punt.
It should be a humdinger of an encounter, considering how evenly contested both teams are. However, with Ireland having won their most recent encounter against Scotland, we pick them as the starting favorites for the game.
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