Kevin o'Brien has had a quiet tournament thus far © Getty Images
Kevin o’Brien has had a quiet tournament thus far © Getty Images

Jan 19, 2015

Ireland and Scotland go head to head for the final time in the Dubai triangular series. The Irish are coming off their first loss of the tournament against Afghanistan by a hefty margin. That loss though will be considered an anomaly if they can beat Scotland in the final match of the tri-series. Ireland had won their first two encounters by identical margins of three wickets while chasing moderate totals of just over 200. Ireland are without the services of pacer Tim Murtagh who has also been ruled out of the ICC World Cup 2015 with a fracture to his foot. The form of captain William Porterfield is another area of concern for the Irish.

Scotland on the other hand will endeavour to keep the momentum they had gained with a massive win over Afghanistan in their previous encounter. After losses in their first two games Scotland had bounced back to thrash Afghanistan in the fourth ODI of the Dubai triangular series. They will take immense confidence from that victory and Josh Davey who starred with career best figures of six for 28 would be keen to continue the good work as pace bowling’s going to be essential in the World Cup.

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