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Scotland’s Joyous Celebrations As Last-Ball Victory Secures World Cup Hopes
By CricShots - Jun 22, 2023 2:53 pm
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Scotland achieved a thrilling last-ball victory over Ireland in a crucial ICC World Cup qualifier match at the Queens Sports Club in Harare, Zimbabwe, bolstering their chances of qualifying for the ODI World Cup 2023. Chasing a target of 287 runs, Michael Leask played a pivotal innings, remaining unbeaten on 91 runs off just 61 balls. As Leask struck the winning boundary, the Scottish dressing room erupted in jubilation, realizing the significance of this hard-fought win.

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Scotland registered a close win over Ireland

With 2 runs needed off the final ball, Mark Adair delivered a fuller delivery outside the off stump. Leask managed to get an inside edge, and the ball raced away to the boundary for four runs behind the wickets, sealing the victory for Scotland. The ICC’s official Instagram account shared glimpses of the wild celebrations among the Scottish players, capturing the thrilling climax of the match. Adair had earlier impressed with his bowling, taking 3 wickets and causing early damage to the Scottish top order.

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In the final over, he nearly defended 8 runs, but Leask had other plans, snatching the win from the jaws of defeat. The video posted by the ICC showcased the ecstatic Scottish players jumping in joy, while Ireland, on the other hand, saw their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup 2023 fade away.

 

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Ireland, who had a rocky start and found themselves at 33 for four, witnessed Curtis Campher emerge as the hero of their innings, scoring a vital century to help his team post a competitive total of 286 for eight.

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Unfortunately for Ireland, this defeat places them in fourth place in Group B of the Qualifying round, with two losses in as many games. In their previous match, Scotland suffered a humiliating loss to Oman, further emphasizing the significance of this hard-fought victory. Oman, with two wins from two games, moved to the top of the group after defeating UAE by 5 wickets.

The thrilling encounter between Scotland and Ireland showcased the intense competition in the World Cup qualifiers, with each team fighting tooth and nail for a spot in the prestigious ODI World Cup 2023, set to take place in India.