Ireland play Afghanistan in the final of the tournament later in the evening    Getty Images
Ireland play Afghanistan in the final of the tournament later in the evening Getty Images

In second semi-final of Desert T20 2017 Challenge, Scotland were thrashed by Ireland by a humongous margin of 98 runs. Ireland’s experience got the better of Scotland, who had an unbeaten record in the tournament so far coming into the knockout stages. Scotland were completely dominated as Irish players were at par with both bat and ball to proceed to the summit clash. Ireland now meet Afghanistan in the final which will be played in few hours from now to decide the champion of the inaugural edition of the league.

Earlier in the match, Ireland opted to bat on a batting-friendly track. Ireland were off to a flying start as both their openers, Paul Stirling and Stuart Poynter, piled up a 78-run stand in less than 7 overs which set the stage for a big score. Ireland experienced a mini collapse in the middle overs but Stirling’s knock of 60 off 36 balls and late onslaught by wicketkeeper-batsman Gary Wilson saw them post a total in excess of 200.

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Chasing 212 for a place in the final, Scotland started well but the task of keeping up with the run-rate saw their collapse. From 72 for 1, they faltered to 113 all-out. Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross showed some resistance but succumbed to the tall task. No other batsman applied himself and could not go all-out from ball one. Ireland’s Jacob Mulder’s 4 for 16 saw his side into the final where they will face Afghanistan.

Brief scores:

Ireland 211 for 6 in 20 overs (Gary Wilson 65*, Paul Stirling 60, Stuart Poynter 35; Con de Lange 2 for 37, Josh Davey 2 for 47) beat Scotland 113 all-out in 14.1 overs (Kyle Coetzer 40, Matthew Cross 35; Jacob Mulder 4 for 16) by 98 runs.