Belfast News Letter – Andrew Balbirnie’s rapid half century propelled Ireland to a convincing six-wicket win over rivals Scotland with more than 15 overs to spare in their first ODI in Dubai.

Summary

  • Andrew Balbirnie’s rapid half century propelled Ireland to a convincing six-wicket win over rivals Scotland with more than 15 overs to spare in their first ODI in Dubai.
  • Chasing 220 for victory the Irish lost skipper William Porterfield second ball, but Balbirnie dominated a second wicket stand of 104 from just 95 balls with Paul Stirling.
  • He shared partnerships of 51 and 62 with Calum MacLeod (33) and Craig Wallace (34) but couldn’t build any real momentum as the Irish bowling unit kept a tight grip.
  • “We took early wickets to put them under pressure and our spinners Andy McBrine and George Dockrell did really well and contained them in the middle overs.
  • Ireland v Scotland, 1st ODI at Academy OvalScotland 219/10 (49.


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