The third and the final T20I of the three-match series between Scotland and Ireland will be played on September 8 at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ireland have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series.
In the second T20I, batting first, Scotland put together 126/8 in 20 overs, thanks to Saskia Horlia who top scored with 44. On the other hand, for Ireland, Cara Murray was the pick of the bowlers as she scalped two wickets. In reply, Ireland scored 44/1 in five overs to win the match by 16 runs by DLS method. Orla Prendergast muscled an undefeated 17 while for Scotland, Rachel Slater was the solitary wicket-taker.
Scotland and Ireland have played 10 T20Is against each other out of which Ireland have won seven 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 right-handed middle order batter of Scotland starred with the bat in the second T20I against Ireland. She muscled 44 off 33, including three boundaries and two sixes. She won the player of the match for her brilliant batting performance.
The left arm speedster of Scotland was the lone wicket-taker for the team in the second T20I against Ireland. She opened the bowling and made good use of the new ball. She bowled two overs, conceded 14 runs and picked up one wicket.
Coming in at number three for Ireland, the right-handed batter top scored with an unbeaten 17 off eight, including four boundaries in the second T20I against Scotland. Apart from her batting, she contributed with the ball, bowling her full quota of four overs. She opened the bowling with Leah Paul and bowled well with the new ball.
The wily right arm leg spinner of Ireland was the most successful bowler for her team in the second T20I against Scotland. She accounted for 20/2 in her three overs. She controlled the middle phase of the innings with her consistent lines and lengths.
This will be the third match of the tournament at this venue. The teams batting second have won both the matches. The last match which was a rain reduced affair saw 170 runs being scored. Nine wickets fell in the process. The cloudy conditions and high chance of rain will make the toss important. Bowlers will enjoy themselves at this venue, while the batters may find it difficult to score freely.
The weather is expected to see periods of rain and a thunderstorm. The maximum temperature attained during the course of the day will be 18 degrees Celsius. There will be 94 percent cloud cover and chance of rain. The wind will blow from the north-east.
Fantasy Playing XI
Ailsa Lister, Sarah Bryce, Amy Hunter, Gaby Lewis, Saskia Horley, Orla Prendergast, Arlene Kelly, Laura Delany, Katherine Fraser, Cara Murray, Rachel Slater
Date: September 8, 2022
Time: 5.30PM IST
Venue: Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh
Live streaming: Cricket Scotland YouTube channel
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