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Scotland clinches series after comfortable win

Batsmen hold firm in chase after good show by bowlers restricts Kenya

Scotland clinches series after comfortable win
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Majid Haq of Scotland celebrates a wicket.
Tight bowling and solid batting helped Scotland cruise to a comfortable seven-wicket win in the second Twenty20 International against Kenya at Aberdeen on Friday (July 5), clinching the two-match series 2-0.
 
Chasing a modest total of 101, Scotland reached the target in the 19th over, with Calum MacLeod playing the lead hand with 46 not out off 50 balls. Following a good opening partnership of 32 between MacLeod and Richie Berrington, Scotland never looked in trouble during its chase, winning with nine deliveries to spare.
 
Earlier, Kenya won the toss and elected to bat, but struggled to put up a good total. After the early setback of losing Tanmay Mishra off the second ball of the innings, caught off the bowling of Neil Carter, Kenya kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The only partnership of note came when Kenya was 27 for 4, with Collins Obuya and Duncan Allan leading a fightback of sorts to put on 46 runs in 9.1 overs. Allan fell in the 16th over, and some late runs pushed Kenya to 100 for 8, with Obuya unbeaten on 38 off 42 balls.
 
Calvin Burnett was the pick of the Scotland bowlers, finishing with 3 for 18, and also effecting a run-out. He was ably supported by Majid Haq, who took 2 for 18, while Carter and Gordon Drummond had a wicket each. The bowlers had done enough to ensure an even-paced chase from Scotland’s batsmen, and with MacLeod holding firm, Scotland swept the series after the 35-run win in the first T20I on Thursday. 
 
Brief Scores
Kenya 100 for 8 in 20 overs (Collins Obuya 38 not out, Calvin Burnett 3-18) lost to Scotland 106 for 3 in 18.3 overs (Calum MacLeod 46 not out, Craig Wallace 23) by 7 wickets.

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