Ireland managed a comfortable win in the first ODI © Getty Images (File Photo)
Ireland managed a comfortable win in the first ODI © Getty Images (File Photo)

By Rajarshi Majumdar

Sep 9, 2014

Ireland and Scotland are engaged in a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series, as both sides prepare for the ICC World Cup 2015. These two teams played their first ODI at Dublin on Monday. Ireland cruised to a comfortable seven wicket victory over Scotland with 80 balls to spare. The Irish skipper, Kevin O’Brien, showed his class and composure and led his side from the front. Ireland had to chase down a modest total of 173 runs. Now, they gear up for the second ODI on Wednesday.

The Irish side looks more balanced and settled compared to Scotland. The bowlers were right on the money from the beginning. They were troubling all the Scottish batsmen right through. Craig Young utilised the overhead conditions initially and ran through the top order. He picked up five wickets and he gave away only 46 runs in his allotted overs. He’s surely one of the players to watch out for in the next game. Andy McBrine, the young off spinner, was impressive as he too picked couple of wickets.

The Scottish team has a mixture of youth and experience. Much was expected out of Richie Berrington and Majid Haq, two of their most experienced campaigners, but they failed miserably in the last game and they would look to bounce back to form in the next match. Michael Leask put up a promising show with his gritty half-century which helped Scotland reach a better score than one expected. At a point it looked like they will be bundled out for a score less than 150, it was Leask who steadied the Scottish innings somehow. Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen might promote Leask up the order because of his performance. Calum Macleod looked promising upfront as well, so he too would like to get some runs at the top order. Josh Davey was the only bowler who bowled a good line and length and he was economical too.

Both the sides have enough talented players who can come up with good performances in the next game. This series is pretty important for both the teams ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015. The respective selectors will also take a good look at the performances before selecting the squad for the big event.

Squads:

Ireland: Kevin O’Brien (c), John Anderson, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, John Mooney, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Andrew Poynter, Stuart Poynter (wk), Max Sorensen, Stuart Thompson, Andrew White, Craig Young.

Scotland: Preston Mommsen (c), Richie Berrington, Freddie Coleman, Matty Cross (wk), Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Majid Haq, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Safyaan Sharif, Iain Wardlaw

Time: 09:15 GMT | 14:45 IST

(Rajarshi Majumdar is a reporter at CricketCountry. He played cricket for all age levels under the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for over 12 years. Apart from cricket he is an avid follower of football, supports Manchester United and a foodie at heart.)