Ireland would look to move ahead of being party-spoilers or giant-killers and progress further in the tournament © AFP (File Photo)
Ireland would look to move ahead of being party-spoilers or giant-killers and progress further in the tournament © AFP (File Photo)

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Ireland 117/8 | Overs 27: Scotland have completed a comprehensive win against Ireland, beating them by 179 runs. Max Sorensen got out for 7 (16) to Majid Haq and Craig Young got out 0 (2) to the same bowler for a duck. . BATTING: John Mooney 9(14)

Ireland 111/8 | Overs 25: The Irish tail-enders just going through the motions here and understandably so after an absolute pathetic display by the top and middle order. Apart from Paul Stirling who scored 37, not a single Irish batsman looked confident at the crease. Alasdair Evans bowled brilliantly to send the Irish top-four back to the hut, before Ian Wardlaw, Josh Davey and Majid Haq scavenged on the remains. BATTING: John Mooney 8(12), Max Sorensen 2(8)

Ireland 105/8 | Overs 23: Wickets are falling faster than runs are being scored. Alex Cusack gets out for a golden duck as Josh Davey gets him out. The match is now beyond the reach of even miracles for Ireland. But Scotland have been Phenomenal! After that brilliant performance with the bat against a strong Irish bowling attack, they’ve hit back hard with the ball. BATTING: John Mooney 2(3), Max Sorensen 2(5)

Ireland 102/7 | Overs 21.4: Gary Wilson’s stay at the crease has met an end, with him at just 15 runs. Not a single Irish batsman has managed to put on any kind of a fight. Scotland are well on top and should have absolutely no trouble to seal it from here. Kevin O’Brien has also lost his wicket and now Ireland are looking headed for absolute humiliation BATTING: John Mooney 1(1), Alex Cusack 0(0)

Ireland 97/5 | Overs 20: Ireland are still appearing very edgy. They have star batsman Kevin O’Brien at the crease and if he alongside Gary Wilson can forge a partnership, Ireland will have some hope. But the Scots look determined on making a strong statement here. BATTING: Kevin O’Brien 5(9), Gary Wilson 14(16)

Ireland 83/5 | Overs 18: Ireland in deep trouble as their now five down against their Scottish neighbours in chase of 297. After Alasdair Evans has broken the backbone of their batting, Ian Wardlaw has capitalised, taking the wicket of Andrew Balbirnie for a paltry 8 runs. Ireland will now need a miracle to win the match from here. Ireland entered the match as favourites by some margin but Scotland are all set to win this convincingly. BATTING: Kevin O’Brien 5(8), Gary Wilson 1(5)

Ireland 66/3 | Overs 14: The introduction of Alisdair Evans into the attack has turned out to be a golden decision by Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen, as Evans has taken three wickets while conceding as many runs from two overs. While he removed the dangerous-looking Paul Stirling in the second-last delivery of the 12th over, he took two wickets in the 14th over to remove Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien on scores of five and zero respectively. The balance is now strongly in Scotland’s favour, as Ireland desperately need a strong partnership at this stage to recover from the blows after a strong opening partnership. BATTING: William Porterfield 21 (30), Andrew Balbirnie 0 (1)

Ireland 56/0 | Overs 11: Paul Stirling is leading the way as far as the Irish batting is concerned, hitting six boundaries in the 40 deliveries that he has faced so far in the innings to reach a score of 37. William Porterfield is batting on 16 on the other end, as the pair have added 56 runs for the first wicket so far, and have more or less set things in motion for a victory. BATTING: William Porterfield 16 (26), Paul Stirling 37 (40)

Ireland 23/0 | Overs 5: Paul Stirling has hit three boundaries so far, as Ireland are off to a decent start, scoring 22 runs in the first five overs, with Stirling and skipper William Porterfield batting on scores of 15 and six respectively. Iain Wardlaw and Rob Taylor have opened the bowling for Scotland, with the former proving expensive by conceding 20 runs off three overs. BATTING: William Porterfield 6 (12), Paul Stirling 15 (18)

Scotland 296/6 | Overs 50: Scotland finish on a challenging total of 296 for the loss of six wickets, which will be a tough one for Ireland to scale. They might have crossed the 300-run target had Berrington remained till the last delivery, getting bowled off the bowling of Craig Young off the last ball of the 49th over. OUT! Richie Berrington b Craig Young 52 (40). BATTING: Matthew Cross 12 (8), Josh Davey 1 (2) Read: Scotland innings report

Scotland 280/5 | Overs 48.1: Scotland lose their fifth wicket with 280 runs on board, as centurion Matt Machan departs on a score of 103 off 108 deliveries. Scotland are 20 runs away from reaching the 300-run mark, with 11 deliveries left in the innings and Berrington batting on 51 off 37 balls, possessing the ability to get a few big hits along the way during the death overs.  BATTING: RICHIE BERRINGTON 51 (37), Matthew Cross 0 (0)

Scotland 269/4 | Overs 47: Scotland are currently heading for a total within a touching distance of the 300-run mark, with the possibility of crossing it very much possible. Matt Machan has completed his century, taking 105 balls to reach the mark. Richie Berrington is eight runs away from being third batsman to register a fifty-plus score in the current innings. Three more innings to go for Scotland.  BATTING: MATT MACHAN 102 (106) RICHIE BERRINGTON 42 (31)

Scotland 210/4 | Overs 42: Ireland have managed to get the big breakthrough, and it is their strike bowler Max Sorensen who does the job for them again. Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen departs after scoring a valuable 56 off 70 deliveries, getting caught by Paul Stirling off the first ball of the 38th over. Matt Machan, in the meantime, is batting in the 70s.  BATTING: MATT MACHAN 74 (94) RICHIE BERRINGTON 14 (13)

Scotland 182/3 | Overs 38: The partnership between Machan and Mommsen is now worth 96 runs off 122 balls, with the former completing his half-century in the 32nd over. Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen too reached the milestone in the 38th over, as the well-settled pair will look to see the innings through. The Irish, on the other hand, will look to get the breakthrough, for which skipper William Porterfield might be enticed to bring Sorensen back into the attack. BATTING: MATT MACHAN 61 (84) PRESTON MOMMSEN 56 (69) Read: Matt Machan completes fifty

Scotland 131/3 | Overs 29: Scotland are easing during the middle overs after facing a few early jolts. The partnership between Matt Machan and Preston Mommsen is now worth 45 runs off 68 balls. Machan in the meantime is nearing his half-century. BATTING: MATT MACHAN 42 (56) PRESTON MOMMSEN 26 (43)




Toss: Scotland won the toss and elected to bat first.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the ICC World Cup 2015, 7th warm-up game between Ireland and Scotland from the beautiful Blacktown Olympic Park Oval at Sydney. I am Pramod Ananth and I will bring you the live updates of the match.

Ireland is not a new name in the world of cricket as they have featured themselves in the past couple of World Cups, and guess what, they are an extremely famous team, not as a big team, but as the party-spoilers. Yes, Ireland are one of the most dangerous giant killing teams the cricketing world has ever witnessed in the recent past. Who could forget their big drubbing of England and South Africa in the previous edition of the World Cup. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS

Scotland, on the other hand too are not a new team in cricket. However, they are not as famous as compared to Ireland and are neither considered as one of the giant-killing sides. However, they have more experience in the World Cup as compared to Ireland and that is where they could get dangerous. This would be Scotland’s fourth World Cup appearance and they have quite an amount of good players to cause upsets.

Scotland go into the tournament as one of the minnows, so they don’t have anything to lose. It is only an opportunity to impress. Their batting has let them down time and again. There might be one sparkling innings from a player here and there, but collectively they’ve been poor. Ireland, however would look to move ahead of more than being just the giant-killers or party-spoilers and look to progress ahead in the tournament, possibly in the quarter-finals. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE


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

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

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