Kevin O'Brien has scored two half-centuries in the series so far © Getty Images
Kevin O’Brien has scored two half-centuries in the series so far © Getty Images

By Sandipan Banerjee

Sep 9, 2014

Ireland and Scotland will play the third and final One-day International (ODI) at The Village in Dublin. The hosts have already won the series with two straight victories in the first two games. They would like to continue their domination in the third match as well. On the other hand Scotland would like to finish the tour on a high note by winning the last game.

This series was scheduled to help the two European teams prepare for the ICC World Cup 2015.  As expected, Ireland — the top associate nation at this moment — dominated the series.  In the first ODI Ireland cruised to a comfortable seven wicket victory with 80 balls to spare. The Irish skipper, Kevin O’Brien, showed his class and composure and led his side from the front. In the second game Scotland showed some fight, but eventually Ireland managed to hold their nerve and took the game by three wickets.

The Irish side looks more balanced and settled compared to Scotland. The bowlers were right on the money from the beginning. In both matches they put early pressure on the Scottish batsmen, which paid off for the hosts. Ireland’s batting also looked solid. Skipper O’Brien scored a match-winning half-century in each game.

Scotland has a mixture of youth and experience. Much was expected out of Richie Berrington and Majid Haq, two of their most experienced campaigners. Though Haq has failed to live up to the expectations, Berrington did not disappoint. His glorious hundred in the second game was a big positive which Scotland can take away from this short series.

Though technically this match is a dead rubber from the series point of view, every game before the World Cup is important for these associate nations, as they gets few opportunities to play International cricket. They should look to fully utilize this chance.


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

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at Cricket Country. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)