The three-match T20I series between Scotland and Ireland will be played from September 5 to September 8 at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh, Scotland. These two teams played against each other in a bilateral competition in May 2021 in a four-match T20I series. Ireland emerged victorious with a 3-1 margin. Will Ireland continue to dominate Scotland or will the hosts give the visitors a run for their money?
The first T20I between Scotland and Ireland will be played at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh, Scotland and the match will start at 7PM IST.
Scotland and Ireland have played eight T20Is against each other out of which Ireland have won five and Scotland have won three.
Scotland: Kathryn Bryce (c), Abbi Aitken, Lorna Jack, Ellen Watson, Olivia Bell, Katie McGill, Megan McColl Megan McColl, Sarah Bryce (wk), Ailsa Lister (wk), Abtaha Maqsood, Priyanaz Chatterji, Katherine Fraser, Rachel Slater, Hannah Rainey
Ireland: Laura Delany (c), Gaby Lewis, Amy Hunter, Rebecca Stokell, Orla Prendergast, Eimear Richardson, Arlene Kelly, Rachel Delaney, Leah Paul, Mary Waldron (wk), Shauna Kavanagh (wk), Sophie MacMahon, Cara Murray, Georgina Dempsey, Jane Maguire
Players to watch
The captain of Scotland is a right-handed batter and a right arm medium pace bowler. She has featured in 26 T20Is and has scored 647 runs, including four half-centuries. With the ball, she has accounted for 25 wickets, including the best of 5/2. She is a genuine all-rounder and can win matches with either bat or ball single-handedly.
She is a right-handed batter of Scotland, who has played 20 T20Is. She has mustered 110 runs in 12 innings and has the highest score of 43. In recent times, she has started opening the batting. In her three innings as the opener, she has muscled 69 runs at a strike rate of 119. Apart from her batting, she can bowl right arm medium pace and has four wickets to her name.
The Irish all-rounder has a wealth of experience with 75 T20Is under her belt. She is a right-handed batter and a right arm medium pace bowler. She has registered 809 runs in 63 innings, including the best of 61 and has picked up 43 wickets in 61 innings, including the best of 15/3.
She is a left-handed batter and a left arm spinner from Ireland. In 26 T20Is, the southpaw has scored 173 runs and claimed 19 wickets. She has the highest score of 47 in her T20I career and best bowling figures of 16/4. She is one of the most talented all-rounders in the Ireland team.
This will be the first ever women’s T20I to be played at this venue. The venue has already hosted 15 men’s T20Is. The teams batting first have won nine matches and the teams batting second have won four matches, with two matches not producing results. The highest score achieved here is 254 and the lowest total scored is 82. With cloudy conditions being forecast, expect the fast bowlers to get some purchase from the conditions.
The weather is expected to be mostly cloudy in the morning with a little rain followed by sun through high clouds in the afternoon. The maximum temperature attained during the course of the day will be 21 degrees Celsius. There will be 88 percent cloud cover and 55 percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the south-east.
Fantasy Playing XI
Sarah Bryce, Abbi Aitken, Gaby Lewis, Sophie MacMahon, Kathryn Bryce, Katie McGill, Laura Delany, Leah Paul, Abtaha Maqsood, Cara Murray, Rachel Delaney
Date: September 5, 2022
Time: 7PM IST
Venue: Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh
Live streaming: Cricket Scotland YouTube channel
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