Rob Taylor of Scotland recently done well with bowl © Getty Images
Rob Taylor of Scotland has tasted success with the ball lately © Getty Images

Jan 12, 2015

Ireland got over the line to beat Scotland by three wickets in Match three of the Dubai Triangular series. Niall o’Brien was key to Ireland’s run chase and he didn’t disappoint finishing on an unbeaten 80. Niall o’Brien was helped along by useful contributions from First Andy Balbirnie and then John Mooney. Scotland put in a spirited performance with the ball but it wasn’t to be enough. By virtue of another three wicket win, Ireland have won both their matches in the tri-nation tournament so far, where as Scotland have lost both theirs.

Scotland are on top in match three of the Dubai Triangular series as wickets continue to tumble for Ireland. Iain Wardlaw and Rob Taylor wrecked havoc early into the Irish innings picking up three wickets with next to nothing on the board and the wicket of Gary Wilson  left the game tantalisingly poised and in the balance. Michael Leask accounted for Wilson’s wicket. Kevin o’Brien followed suit to become Richie Berrington’s first wicket of the innings to give Scotland the upper hand even as Niall o’Brien fights it out in the middle. Andy Balbirnie has joined him in the middle. Ireland are making a complete hash of what should have been a comfortable run chase.

Ireland have made a habit of digging a hole for themselves early as yet again they lost two wickets before their total reached double figures. William Porterfield failed again, while Ed Joyce also failed to replicate heroics of the previous game. Since the fall of the two wickets Paul Stirling has taken the attack to Scotland, giving him company is Niall o’Brien. The Irish have lost two wickets but they are rollicking along.

Matt Machan ensured Scotland surpassed the 200-run mark in match three of the Dubai Triangular series. He scored his second half century, eventually finishing with 86 giving Scotland something to bowl at. He was ably supported by the number seven and eight batsmen Rob Taylor and Michael Leask who scored 17 and 16 crucial runs respectively. Machan’s was the ninth wicket to fall, but the last wicket pair batted out the fifty overs to help Scotland post 216 for nine in fifty overs.

Scotland have been pegged back again after a loss of two crucial wickets in quick succession. After a partnership of 65 for the fifth wicket between Mat Machan and Richie Berrington, the latter was dismissed for 28 against the run of play. He was Alex Cusack’s first victim for the innings. The untimely run out of Mathew Cross that followed saw Ireland assume a position of total command. Mat Machan meanwhile has brought up his second ODI half century, holding fort for Scotland.

Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl against Scotland in match three of the Dubai Triangular series also featuring Afghanistan. The decision of William Porterfield paid dividends immediately as Craig Young struck on just the fourth delivery of the very first over. The decision to bowl by Ireland suggests that the the team bowling second may have dew to contend with in the evening and that Ireland beat Afghanistan chasing in Match two may have influenced the decision to an extent.

Ireland vs Scotland, will play each other in the European derby of the Dubai tri-series. This is the hird game of a series, what is turning out to be a highly exciting one. Having suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Afghanistan, Scotland will look to bounce back in this game. Ireland will carry momentum into this game after edging out Afghanistan by three wickets in the previous One-Day International (ODI). Read PREVIEW of the match here

Ireland have enough depth in their batting and have quality bowlers to bowl the opposition out. Scotland, however, can take refuge in the fact that they actually edged Ireland out in the final ODI of the three match bilateral  series in September, which saw Ireland’s International One-Day Ranking take a beating. The toss is going to be crucial as the dew will play a major role later in the game.

Ireland go into the third match of the Dubai Triangular series as overwhelming favourites considering their experience in the subcontinent and their slow bowling resources. The likes of George Dockrell should come into their own on the slow-low surfaces in UAE. In fact Dockrell was instrumental in Ireland’s triumph over Afghanistan in Match two where he picked up four crucial wickets that helped the Irish restrict Afghanistan to a moderate total.

Niall o’Brien and Alex Cusack took Ireland to victory with 21 balls to spare and three wickets in tact. O’Brien finished with an unbeaten 80 which was his 12th One-Day International fifty. John Mooney made a useful 36 as well. The duo shared the second highest partnership of the match adding 61 runs for the seventh wicket. Ireland have made a habit of winning by three wickets, its exactly the margin they’d beaten Afghanistan in the previous match by.


Niall o’Brien has been joined by Andy Balbirnie in the middle after the fall of the crucial wicket of Kevin o’Brien. Ireland still require 105 runs from 156 balls but with only five wickets in tact.
OUT! Kevin o’Brien 13 (21) C Mathew Cross B Richie Berrington


Paul Stirling and Niall o’Brien have counter attacked since the fall of the second wicket of Ed Joyce. Ireland are way ahead of the required run rate, scoring at a healthy six runs per over.
OUT! Ed Joyce 5 (6) LBW Rob Taylor
















The last wicket pair of Majid Haq and Iain Wardlaw ensured Scotland batted out the fifty overs finishing at 216 for nine. Majid in fact played out 43 balls for his 10 runs but the value of the innings was in the support he provided Matt Machan who helped Scotland surpass the 200-run mark with a fantastic 86.


Scotland have lost their sixth wicket that of Mathew Cross in the form of a run out. Matt Machan is at the crease in the company of Rob Taylor trying to rebuild the innings and take them to a score of respectability.
OUT! Mathew Cross 1 (2) run out Mooney


After a steady 28-run stand for the fourth wicket Scotland have lost another wicket and are in deeper strife as Preston Mommsen goes. Craig Young is having a fantastic game, having picked up his third wicket on a pitch that’s surprisingly assisting seamers. Caught Wilson Bowled Young seems like the order of the day.
OUT!Preston Mommsen 16 (25) C Wilson B Young


John Mooney joins the fun as another one bites the dust for Scotland. The in form batsman Hamish Gardiner’s the latest casualty. Scotland are 17 for three in five overs.
OUT! Hamish Gardiner 5 (11) C Wilson B Mooney


Scotland have been pegged back early in Match three of the Dubai Triangular series. Craig Young struck for the Irish early after William Porterfield decided to bowl. Calum Macleod was first to go before Young struck again in his second over to leave Scotland reeling at 11 for two.
OUT! Kyle Coetzer 2 (7) C Joyce B Craig Young





Ireland:  William Porterfield (c), Andy Balbirnie  Peter Chase,  Alex Cusack,  George Dockrell,  Ed Joyce , Andy McBrine,  John Mooney,  Kevin O’Brien,  Niall O’Brien,  Paul Stirling,  Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

Scotland: Preston Mommsen (c),  Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington, Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner,  Majid Haq , Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Iain Wardlaw