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Scotland first strike in Ireland’s must-win game


Toss Scotland choose bat v Ireland

On a climax after their big win over the West Indies on Monday, Scottish captain Richie Berrington won the toss and chose to put down a total against Ireland in sunny Hobart. For Scotland, another win would make them firm favorites to qualify for the Super 12s, while for Ireland anything other than a win would significantly reduce their chances of qualifying, having lost to Zimbabwe before.

With four of the first six T20 World Cup matches won by the team that batted first, Berrington’s choice at the toss came as no surprise, especially as Scotland used that template to earn their first set of two points after their first set. 42-run win over West Indies.

The field at the Bellerive Oval is a used surface, but the experts on the ground expect it to be batter-friendly. If the field does deteriorate, spin could come into play, especially in the second innings, with Scots Mark Watt and Michael Leask expected to share eight overs. Ireland will depend on Josh Little’s new bowling ball to set the tone. Both sides were unchanged.

Ireland XI: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (capt), Lorcan Tucker (wicketkeeper), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little.

Scotland XI: George Munsey, Michael Jones, Matthew Cross (wicketkeeper), Richie Berrington (captain), Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Brad Wheal