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Machan stars in Scotland victory

Denmark goes down by 75 runs to finish winless in Group B

Machan stars in Scotland victory - Cricket News
Matt Machan scores an unbeaten 90 to power Scotland to victory.
Scotland piled on the runs to overpower Denmark by 75 runs in its last group stage match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier at the ICC Academy grounds in Dubai on Sunday (November 24).
With Matt Machan leading the way, Scotland's batsmen settled the contest by posting 205 for 3 in 20 overs. The bowlers then followed it up with a tidy effort to restrict Denmark to 130 for 6.
“Our batmen have been outstanding for us in past few matches. It was another brilliant day for Matt Machan and Calum (MacLeod) did really well as well. They have been outstanding for us. Both of them really have been a revelation at the top for us,” said Kyle Coetzer, the Scotland captain, after the win. "Everyone chipping in including the lower order which is very satisfying.
“We’ve had some big wins in our last few matches, actually three in three, so we are a very happy dressing room at the moment and look to continue with this in the next stage of the tournament.”
Choosing to bat, Scotland lost Richie Berrington in the very first over. But MacLeod and Machan got together to share a 99-run partnership for the second wicket and put Scotland in a commanding position. Michael Pedersen, the Denmark captain, broke the partnership when he got rid of MacLeod for 41.
Machan’s unbeaten 90 came off 55 deliveries with nine fours and four sixes as he shared impressive vital partnerships with Michael Leask and Rob Taylor of 62 and an unbroken 40 respectively. Bashir Shah, Basit Raja and Pedersen picked up one wicket each for Denmark.
Yasir Iqbal, the Danish opening batsman, fell in the first over to Neil Carter, and even though Freddie Klokker and Carsten Pedersen put on 42 for the second wicket, it took 54 deliveries. Once Gordon Goudie broke the stand by dismissing Klokker for 19, Pedersen and Kamran Mahmood provided some impetus with a partnership of 43 in only 4.3 overs, before Mahmood was run out for 14. 
Pedersen was bowled by Majid Haq for 43, and Machan picked up Hamid Shah's wicket to restrict Denmark to 130.
Machan was named the Man of the Match as Scotland cruised to its fourth victory in the tournament. Scotland finished fourth on the Group B table, while Denmark rounded off its campaign without a solitary win. 
“It’s obviously very nice to get some runs and contribute in the win for the team. I am not sure where we stand in the top five but we are definitely going through to the next stage so we still have our chances of making it to the World Twenty20,” said Machan. “I tried to get myself a chance up at the top. I have tried to play hard in this whole tournament so far. I was lucky enough it was my day. I thought the guys coming behind me in the order and down the order played exceptionally well to take our score past 200.”

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