IR-A vs SCO-A Dream 11: Ireland look to seal series in culminating encounter after thwarting Scotland courtesy of a clinical performance on Monday
With the weather deciding to stay clear on Monday, we were finally feasted to a proper game of cricket between Ireland A and Scotland A. The second T20 of the three match series saw Ireland put in an emphatic display as they outplayed their opponents with both the bat and the ball to take the crucial 1-0 lead in the series.
Winning the toss, Ireland’s captain for the day Harry Tector had no hesitation in sending Scotland into bat first under a threatening grey cloud cover. However Scotland’s openers Munsey (25) and Hairs (14) were quick to stem the impending threat which the pacers were set to offer with the new ball, putting on a steady stand for the opening. It was from there though that things took a quick downward spiral for the batting side as they went from 28-0 to 95-6, threatening to be bowled out without playing their quota of overs.
Eventually the 20 run cameos by Bradburn (20) and Greaves (27) took Scotland to 139-8 but it were Ireland who went into the break the happier of the two sides. They had managed to put a halt to Scotland’s innings, seeing them atleast 20 runs below the requisite score to mount a challenge.
It was a shaky start at best by Ireland whose affliction with the bat looked set to continue as their top-order tumbled cheaply. Tector (28) and Getkate (47) were quick to hold fort though, putting on a match winning stand of 61 to take Ireland to a 4 wicket win, one which came around relatively easy in the end.
Concluding the three match series on Tuesday, the two sides are back at it again today to complete what has been a hectic and congested three days for them. They’ve had to play without a day’s break in between but come the final T20, there will no signs of exhaustion as both the sides look to give it their all one final time this series.
With a slightly better forecast in store for today and the skies clearing up yesterday as Ireland stepped out to chase, we could finally be in for a high scoring encounter. The batsmen will finally be accorded with a chance to open their arms and play out a real T20 innings and find the boundary as they wish.
With a 1-0 lead, Ireland will be heading into the closing match with much needed momentum. What has worked for them in the both the matches till now is a terrific display of fast bowling, one obliterating Scotland cheaply. The frontlines pacers should be at the forefront for them yet again and it’s this department which will eventually see them emerge as the winners from the third match.
Wicket-Keepers for IR-A vs SCO-A Dream 11
72 and 27 in the first two matches and Scotland’s Craig Wallace is an unquestionable pick for us. He’s waged a lone battle for Scotland he’s going to come and bulk up our Dream 11 side for the day.
Batsmen for IR-A vs SCO-A Dream 11
It’s the two batsmen from Scotland, two players who were unnerving in their endeavours as an exodus of wickets fell at the other end. Opener Munsey and lower middle-order batsman Greaves make a foray in our side given the resilience and resolute confidence they showed despite playing in conditions which were completely against the batting side.
From Ireland it will once again be Adair. He got a couple of over in the second T20 as well and this gives him the chance to contribute on both the fronts for us.
All-Rounders for IR-A vs SCO-A Dream 11
We are going to pack our side with the maximum number of all-rounders for this match and its here where the Ireland players start coming in thickly. Getkate, Tector and Delany are all players who compose a vital component of their side, a trio which is of pivotal importance to Ireland’s fortunes. And they’ve not stepped down their resolute performances even once, rewarding us for the faith we’ve reposed in them.
Out goes Leask from Scotland and in comes in Monday’s star performer McCreath.
Bowlers for IR-A vs SCO-A Dream 11
We’ve kept picking the same bowlers from Ireland throughout the two matches and there’s hardly any reason to switch them. The series highest wicket taker Craig Young comes in with the spearhead continuing from where he had left off in the one day series. PK Chase will be his partner on the day from Ireland.
Main from Scotland is going to complete our Dream 11 side on the day.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Scotland’s Adair is our captain for the final match of the series while Getkate is the vice-captain.
Ireland A Vs Scotland A Three Match T20 Series
Match: Ireland A Vs Scotland A Third T20
Date And Time: 10th June, Monday- 4:30pm IST
Venue: Oak Hill Road, Ireland