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16 July 201517:47

Impressive Scotland registers third win

Davey, Evans restrict Canada to 135 for 8 before Coetzer steers team home with unbeaten 51

Impressive Scotland registers third win - Cricket News
Scotland put up a fine all-round effort to pick up its third win in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015, by eight wickets against Canada on Thursday (July 16).

First, the bowlers, led by Josh Davey (3 for 36 in four overs) and Alasdair Evans (2 for 25 in four overs), restricted Canada to 135 for 8 in 20 overs at Goldenacre in Edinburgh.

Kyle Coetzer, the opener, anchored the chase with an unbeaten 51 as Scotland chased down the 136-run target with 32 balls to spare. Coetzer, in the company of George Munsey, who cracked an unbeaten 33 off just 12 balls, helped Scotland reach 139 for 2 in just 14.4 overs.

Scotland's chase got off to a rapid start, Coetzer and Calum MacLeod putting on 45 in just 4.5 overs. MacLeod had done the bulk of the scoring and was on 29 when Satsimranjit Dhindsa, the right-arm medium pacer, castled him.

Matthew Cross joined Coetzer and the duo kept things steady, adding 51 in 43 balls. Dhindsa struck again with the last ball of the 12th over to see the back of Cross for 21.

Munsey then completely took the game away from Canada with three boundaries and a six in Dhindsa's next over.

He then followed it up with three more consecutive boundaries in the next over, by Hiral Patel, to seal the game. In the meantime, Coetzer had managed to complete a half-century and finished with five boundaries and two sixes.

Earlier Evans, the right-arm medium pacer, broke through early for Scotland, in his second over when he had Ruvindu Gunasekara caught for 19. Davey followed it up with the scalp of Hiral. Safyaan Sharif soon entered the wickets column with the wicket of Nitish Kumar, before Davey struck a second time and had Rizwan Cheema, the Canada captain, caught for 14.

Navneet Dhaliwal waged a lone battle thereafter and held up his end. But there was little to show otherwise as far as Canada was concerned. At 87 for 8 and with less than five overs left in the innings, Scotland's bowlers would have backed themselves to restrict Canada to a meagre total.

Junaid Siddiqui, Canada's No. 10, however, upset calculations and gave the innings a good boost in the end with 28 not out off 16 balls. Siddiqui put on 48 unbroken runs in 29 balls with Dhaliwal. His cameo consisted of one four and two sixes.

Scotland next faces an in-form Oman on Saturday, while Canada will still be searching for its maiden win in the tournament when it faces Netherlands on Friday. Both matches will take place at the same venue.

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