ICC Men's T20 World cup 2022, Round 1, Group B, Scotland v Ireland: Curtis Campher's 72 & 2-9, Michael Jones' 86 and Mark Adair's 1-23 are top performances. Ireland beat Scotland by 6 wickets and move to 3rd place in Group B Points table.
Brief Scores: Scotland 176/5 (Jones 86, Berrington 37, Campher 2/9) lost to Ireland 180/4 (Campher 72*, Dockrell 39*, Leask 1/16) by 6 wickets
Player of the Match: Curtis Campher (72 runs in 32 balls & 2-9)
Curtis Campher's 32-ball unbeaten 72-run knock helped Ireland beat Scotland by six wickets in their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 Group B Round 1 match at Hobart's Bellerive Oval. Aside from this, George Dockrell scored 39 runs in 27 balls. Moreover, Campher and Dockrell teamed up in the tenth over of Ireland's 177-run chase against Scotland when the team was 61 for 4 after 9.3 overs. At that chances of Ireland winning the match were as minimal as anything, but the Irish duo outperformed all expectations with a come-from-behind victory that kept them in the T20 World Cup.
Scotland batted first and lost a wicket early on, but Michael Jones' brilliant 86-run performance powered the side to 176/5 in 20.0 overs. Campher also performed admirably with the ball, taking two wickets for Ireland. Along with him, Joshua Little and Mark Adair each took one wicket.
The Emotional Irish Crowd
The tiny Ireland crowd in Hobart shed tears of joy when Campher scored the winning runs with one over remaining scoring three back to back boundaries with one over still remaining. While speaking with the presenters, Campher, who was clearly emotional, wasn’t able to express himself and had tears of joy coming out of his eyes.
After winning this close encounter against Scotland who also played brilliantly in this match, Ireland’s all-around performance didn’t let one more upset happen in this year's T20 World Cup. However, Scotland after winning their previous match quite comprehensively against West Indies have managed to still keep them at the number 2 position in Group B of the qualifying stages.
Here are the top three performances from the match between Scotland and Ireland in T20 World Cup 2022.
Michael Jones (86 off 55 balls)
Starting the innings for Scotland were George Munsey (1) and Michael Jones (86). While Munsey failed to score any crucial runs apart from the single run he added to Scotland’s scorecard, Michael Jones had some other plans.
Jones started off brilliantly scoring some magnificent boundaries and showing his class through the off side. Jones quickfire 86 runs off just 55 balls came when his side needed it the most. In his innings of 86 runs, he smashed 6 boundaries along with four massive sixes with a strike rate of 156.36.
Curtis Campher’s Brillance with bat and ball (2-9 & 72* off 32 balls)
Curtis Campher, the man of the moment, who took Ireland home in an absolute magical way will be cherished not only by the Irish fans but also by all the cricket fans out there. Campher who outperformed each and every other player on the field on Wednesday was absolutely brilliant with both bat and ball. While bowling with an economy of just 4.50 and also taking two crucial wickets of Scotland skipper Richie Berrington (37) and Matthew Cross (28) he didn’t settle there.
Curtis Campher coming out to bat for Ireland at number 5, not only played a blistering innings of 72 runs off just 32 balls, but more importantly also took his team home and finished the match by scoring three back-to-back boundaries to seal the deal for Ireland.
Mark Adair (1-23)
Bowling in such a high-scoring game with that an under one a ball economy is never an easy task and especially if you are bowling to a batter who is in absolute great touch. Such was the case for Mark Adair today while bowling against Michael Jones, Adair never made things easy for himself.
Adair with his brilliant right-hand seam bowling looked dangerous upfront bowling that new ball. However, he managed to pick up just one wicket of Munsey in his second over getting him out trapped LBW; his economy of just 5.75 runs per over was something quite commendable in such a high-scoring game.
Group B is also thrown open with Zimbabwe, Scotland and Ireland tied at two points and West Indies yet to open their account.