ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023: IRE vs SCO Match 7 Pitch Report, Probable Playing XI, Match Preview and Fantasy Predictions

ireland vs scotland

Match Details

match details

ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers are underway and on Wednesday, June 21st, 2023, Ireland vs Scotland in Match 7 of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. Ireland suffered a disappointing loss to Oman in their previous match, losing by five wickets. This was the first upset of the tournament, and Ireland is hoping to come back stronger.

Meanwhile, Scotland is competing in their first game of the event and is eagerly anticipating a successful start to their campaign. 

Ireland would look to come back strongly in this match and this could be another exciting match that we have in our hands.

Pitch Report

Pitch Report

The pitch conditions at this location are favorable for batsmen, and Wednesday’s match is likely to see high scores. The team that wins the toss should opt to field first. It would be a formidable target if the total score reaches about 280-300 runs. The spinners might come into play in the later stages of the game. The chasing team might get a better pitch to play on.

Teams Analysis

Ireland vs Scotland team analysis

Ireland

They started their campaign with an unexpected defeat against Oman. Andrew Balbirnie is leading the team and he would be gutted by their performance in the first match. A loss from here may dent their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup 2023. They have the likes of vital members of the Irish squad consisting of Andy McBrine, Paul Stirling, and Harry Tector. Furthermore, Mark Adair and Joshua Little hold significant importance in both the bowling and batting aspects of the game. Tector and Dockrell were the top performers in the previous game hitting half-centuries while Josh Little and Mark Adair picked up 2 wickets each in the bowling. 

In the recently concluded ICC CWC Qualifiers warm-up matches, they lost against the Netherlands and won against the USA. Still, they are finding the rhythm to be back on the winning ways. They couldn’t win a single international game in their last 5 matches. Except for this USA win, they were defeated at the hands of Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series by 2-0. Overall, they have the ability in their team but some consistency is lacking in the form. 

Scotland

The Scottish side will be playing their first game. With Richie Berrington at the helm, the Scottish team is eager to start their campaign on a strong note by putting up a solid performance against Ireland. Their team comprises skilled players like Matthew Cross, Chris Greaves, Brandon McMullen and Hamza Tahir, who are expected to make a noteworthy contribution during the game. 

In the ICC CWC Qualifier warm-up, Scotland lost both matches, one against the Windies and the other against the host Zimbabwe. Their batting unit let them down once again. In 2023, they emerged victorious against Namibia on both occasions but contrary to this, they were beaten by Nepal on both occasions. Therefore, they are an inconsistent side and they have to improve their batting in this match. 

Head-to-Head Records

Head-to-Head Records

These teams have faced each other in 20 matches and Ireland vs Scotland has been dominated the match proceedings.

Matches PlayedIRE wonSCO wonTieNo Result (NR)
2015401

Key Players To Watch

Key Players To Watch

We are taking stats of the ICC CWC Qualifiers warm-up matches stats to get an idea of the players’ form.

Ireland

PlayerMatchesRunsBat. AvgBat. Strike RateWicketsBowl. Avg.
H Tector2153153114.1
L Tucker21427195.3
B White2716.8

Scotland

PlayerMatchesRunsBat. AvgBat. Strike RateWicketsBowl. Avg.
M Cross26733.590.5
B McMullen28743.579
C Sole2412.5
C Greaves2418.2

Squads

Squads

Ireland

Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker(wk), George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Graham Hume, Joshua Little, Benjamin White, Curtis Campher, Peter Moor, Craig Young, Barry McCarthy

Scotland

Matthew Cross(wk), Brandon McMullen, George Munsey, Richie Berrington(c), Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Tomas Mackintosh, Jack Jarvis, Christopher McBride, Alasdair Evans, Mark Watt, Hamza Tahir, Adrian Neill, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole

Ireland vs Scotland Match 7 Fantasy Predictions

IRE vs SCO Match 7 Fantasy Predictions

Ireland

  • Harry Tector who recently won the Player of the Month award, is in sublime form. He played a fine knock of 52 in the middle order in the opening game against Oman. He would surely score some runs for his team in this match too.
  • Lorcan Tucker had a terrific outing in the ICC CWC Qualifiers warm-up matches and he would want to carry his form in this match too. He scored 26 runs against Oman with a healthy strike rate of around 145. He is expected to score again at this rate.
  • George Dockrell is another player who impressed us with his brilliant 91 against Oman. He batted till the end and took the team’s total to 281 runs, a par score after a batting collapse.
  • Joshua Little picked up 2 wickets and he would lead the bowling attack again.
  • Mark Adair is another go-to bowler to cricket perform well. He also took 2 wickets against Oman and is expected to do the same.

Scotland

  • The wicketkeeper Mattew Cross is an opening batter who did well in the warm-up matches by scoring more than 30 runs. He would want to convert these runs into the fifties or more than that.
  • B McCullen is a talented all-rounder and he has been the best batter for the Scottish side. He can also take some crucial wickets and therefore he is a must-pick player in the all-rounder section.
  • Chris Greaves is another all-rounder who can contribute from both the bat and the ball. He took 4 wickets in the warm-up matches and therefore he could be among the best performers.
  • Chris Sole is a fine bowler at the beginning of the innings. He also picked up 4 wickets in the warm-up matches with a good average and was the best bowler for the Scottish side.

Predicted Playing XI

Predicted Playing XI

Ireland

Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, Andy McBrine, Lorcan Tucker(wk), Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Benjamin White

Scotland

Matthew Cross(wk), Christopher McBride, Brandon McMullen, George Munsey, Richie Berrington(c), Tomas Mackintosh, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole

Fantasy Team 

Fantasy Team

Based on the stats above, this could be the fantasy team.

  • Wicketkeepers: Lorcan Tucker, Matthew Cross
  • Batters: Harry Tector, Richie Berrington, George Dockrell
  • All-Rounders: Andy McBrine, Curtis Campher, Brandon McMullen, Chris Greaves
  • Bowlers: Mark Adair, Chris Sole
  • Captain: Curtis Campher / George Dockrell
  • Vice-captain: Brandon McMullen / Harry Tector

Conclusion

Ireland would need to come back strongly in this match. They are a dominant side against Scotland and they would want to extend the lead. On the other hand, Scotland is playing their first game and they need to work on their batting as they got bundled out in the warm-up matches on around 200 runs. Can they start off the campaign on a winning note or will Ireland get their first victory? This is going to be an enthralling cricket match and only time will tell us about the result.

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