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Ireland v Scotland Series Preview: In Numbers

The two sides, who met for the first time in 1888, will play three One-Day Internationals against each other this week

Ireland v Scotland Series Preview: In Numbers - Cricket News
Andrew White, Ireland’s record cap holder, plays a shot.

With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 fast approaching, most teams have already begun their preparations in right earnest. With 14 teams vying for the most prestigious title in cricket, the event promises excitement galore.

Ireland and Scotland are among the 14 teams that will do battle in Australia and New Zealand next February-March. As the two teams gear up for a three-match One-Day International series beginning on Monday (September 8) -- their last ODI series before the World Cup -- here is a look at the history of their rivalry. 

1888 - It was in this year that the two teams first faced off, commencing a fierce rivalry that has spanned well over a century. It was a two-day match at the Observatory Lane in Rathmines, Dublin. Ireland, under John Hynes, bundled out Scotland, who elected to bat, for scores of 65 and 51 to win by an innings and 26 runs. 

228 – Ireland’s Andrew White holds the highest number of caps for his country, a record he broke in the recent series against Sri Lanka ‘A’ taking the mantle from Kyle McCallan. Included in his 228 appearances for his country are 58 One Day Internationals and two ICC Cricket World Cup Campaigns in 2007 and 2011.

199 – Scotland’s Majid Haq will become only the second Scot to earn 200 caps for his country if he plays a match this week, the Paisley born off-spinner who made his debut as a 19 year-old has played 44 One Day Internationals taking 51 wickets.

115 - In all, the two sides have faced each other 115 times in cricket. 

63 – Kevin O'Brien hasn't been a reliable performer for Ireland with the bat alone. With 63 wickets in his kitty, he is now three short of equalling Trent Johnston’s Ireland record of 66 ODI wickets. 

45 - O’Brien needs 45 runs to become just the second man to score 2000 runs in ODI cricket for Ireland. William Porterfield, the former captain, is the other man to have achieved this feat, with 2122 runs from 69 matches at 32.15. 

12  - They have met each other in 12 ODIs since gaining ODI status following the 2005 ICC Trophy final in Dublin. The first ODI was back in January 2007, during the ICC World Cricket League Division One 2006-07. Scotland won that match by three wickets. Their most recent encounter was last September during the ICC World Cricket League Championship 2011-13, which Ireland won by seven wickets. Scotland's last win over Ireland was in Edinburgh in July 2011, when it successfully chased down 321. Overall, Ireland leads 9-3.

4 - There are other records waiting to be written, too, as George Dockrell, the left-arm spinner, needs four more wickets to become the fourth man from Ireland to pick up 50 wickets in ODIs. Johnston, O'Brien and Alex Cusack (53) are the others who belong to the club. 

3 - The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be the third appearance in the event for both teams. While it will be the third consecutive World Cup for Ireland after its appearances in the 2007 and 2011 editions, Scotland will be returning to the event after a gap of eight years. Before 2007, Scotland’s last World Cup appearance was in 1999. 

1 - The number of ODIs hosted by Malahide, Dublin, the venue for the first ODI on Monday. The only match it hosted was in September 2013, a one-off match between the host and England which saw a record-breaking Irish crowd in attendance. England went on to win that match by six wickets. Malahide is one of three venues for international cricket in Ireland, along with Castle Avenue in Dublin, and the Civil Service Cricket Club Ground at Stormont. It is also the largest ground in Ireland.

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