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Performance of Ireland Cricket Team in 2019

The Irish started their 2019 journey by playing against Oman in the second T20 of the 2018-19 Oman Quadrangular Series. Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, and Oman were the four teams competing for the title.
The match was won by Ireland and the credit is due to their captain, Paul Stirling whose 71 runs from 51 balls was the top score of the match and got them a defendable total of 159 runs. Oman was bowled out by Ireland on 144 runs, just 15 runs short from the target. Stirling was given the man of the match award.
Their second match in the series was against Scotland which they unfortunately lost. It is unfortunate because they batted well and posted a total of 180/7 which was chased off easily by Scotland with the loss of just 4 wickets. The opener, Kyle Coetzer was the star of the match because of his innings of 74 runs.
The next match they played was against the Netherlands in the same series. It was a nerve-wracking match as it went to the last ball. Netherlands batting first scored 182/9. Their wicket-keeper batsmen Tobias Visee played an astonishing knock of 78 runs from just 38 balls. Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien and Andrew Balbirnie scored 46 (30) and 83 of (50) respectively to get Ireland through the line. Balbirnie was declared the man of the match.
Next up was a three-match T20 series against Afghanistan. Afghanistan beat Ireland in all of the matches brutally. What Ireland lacked in the series was stable batting when they were batting first and the ability to restrict Afghans to a comfortable total which could have been easier for them to chase.
They were to play 5 ODI matches against Afghanistan too. The series ended up in a draw as both teams won two matches each and one match was washed out due to rain. However, the fourth match of the series which they lost could’ve been won by them. They restricted Afghanistan to just 223 runs but they again lacked stability in their batting line-up which cost them the match and they lost the match by 109 runs.
They had to play a Test against Afghanistan too. In the first innings, they were bowled out for 172 runs with 54 runs being the highest score any of their batsmen achieved. It was their last man, Tim Murtagh. Afghans in their first innings were way better than the Irish. With Rehmat Shah falling just two runs short of his century, they scored 314 runs. Andrew Balbirnie’s 82 runs made it look like that the Irish were a little bit back in the game but as he was dismissed by Waqar Salamkheil, Ireland stumbled again and were bowled out for 288 runs giving Afghanistan a target of 147 runs which was chased down easily on the first session of the fourth day.
England and Ireland were to play a one-off ODI match in May. The match was affected by rain but was not washed out. Five over were reduced from each innings. Ireland batting first put up an easily chase able total for England of just 198 runs and was bowled out. Liam Plunkett grabbed two wickets giving away 35 runs. Ireland tried its best to give England a tough time taking wickets whenever they got the chance and stopping runs in every way possible but the target was small and England chased it down. Ben Foakes’s and Tom Curran’s 61 (76) and 47 (56) got England through the line.
Ireland was participating in the Tri-Nation ODI Series along with Bangladesh and West Indies. Ireland faced both of the teams twice in the tournament. Winning one against Bangladesh and the other one being washed out due to rain and faced defeat against West Indies in both of their matches. What they lacked against West Indies was good measurable and cautious bowling.
Next, Ireland and Afghanistan played a two-match ODI series. In the first match, Ireland finally seemed to be learning from its mistakes scored a total of 210 runs and restricting Afghanistan from the win. Bowling them out on 138 runs, Ireland won the match by 72 runs. In the second match, Ireland failed to keep its momentum running, lost the match again by failing to limit Afghanistan on a small number of runs. The series ended up in a draw.
Ireland and Zimbabwe were to face each other in three ODIs and three T20s. Ireland whitewashed Zimbabwe in the ODI series putting up a marvelous show in all of the matches. The first match of the T20 series was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled. The second match of the series was won by Ireland by 9 wickets. The third match, however, was the first time Ireland tasted defeat by the hands of Zimbabwe in this series, and the trophy of the T20 series was shared by the two teams participating.
Ireland faced England in a single Test in July. Surprisingly, Ireland started the match by bowling out England for just 85 runs courtesy of Tim Murtagh’s spectacular spell of bowling and grabbing a five-wicket haul on the majestic grounds of Lord’s. They even batted very well in the first innings as compared to England but the victory was not what they were to achieve they ended up losing the match because of their inability to chase 182 runs and defeat England on their home ground.
Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands played a T20 Tri-Nation series in 2019. Ireland won the series, playing four matches; two against each team, winning 2 games, losing 1, and 1 was washed out due to rain.
Oman hosted a T20 Pentangular Series and Oman, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, and Hong Kong. Ireland came second in that series winning three games and losing one against Oman. While Oman won all of its matches and therefore won the series.
Ireland’s last contest of the year was the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier. In the group stage of the Qualifier, their first match was against Hong Kong. Hong Kong gave them a total of 153 runs which Ireland chased comfortably in the 17th overs of their innings. UAE defeated them in their next match. Ireland failed to put up a good total which cost them the match. Ireland won its next matches against Oman, Jersey, and Nigeria and lost to Canada but they were already in the Semi-finals.
They faced the Netherlands in the Semi-final and Netherlands defeated them by 21 runs and made their place in the Final. Their last match of the year was the play-off against Namibia which they won easily by 27 runs. They put up a total of 135 runs which Namibians failed to chase.

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