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23-Jun-2023 16:41:00 GMT
2023 ICC World Cup Qualifier

Scotland boost Super Six chances with clutch win

Scotland 282 for 8 (Berrington 127, Watt 44*, Leask 41, Siddique 3-49) beat United Arab Emirates 171 (Waseem 36, Sharif 4-20, Sole 3-37) by 111 runs

Bulawayo: Scotland clinched their second win in a row at the Qualifier, with their bowlers putting them in charge after a Richie Berrington masterclass.

Chasing 283, UAE already had a tall ask at hand but some brilliant bowling from the Scotland bowlers further set them back.

Chris Sole got the ball rolling with two wickets in two deliveries in the fifth over, dismissing Aryansh Sharma (8) and Vritiya Aravind (0).

The double strike left UAE reeling and they never quite recovered from the early blows.

Rohan Mustafa (12) was the next wicket to fall, with Brandon McMullen knocking his stumps off. Asif Khan (17) could also not convert his start, perishing against Mark Watt.

The big wicket though came when Muhammad Waseem, who was looking good, was trapped lbw by Watt on 36. Sole would come back into the attack and scalp the wicket of Ali Naseer (19), who was looking dangerous.

At the halfway mark, UAE had a stiff challenge ahead, with the score at 117/6.

Though UAE put up a determined showing ahead, it was task too tall to overcome. Basil Hameed (30) and Aayan Afzal Khan (21), and Karthik Meiyappan (23*) tried their best but Scotland kept chipping away at the wickets.

In the end, UAE were bowled out for 171 as Scotland made it two wins in two at the Qualifier.

Earlier in a must-win game for UAE, Muhammad Waseem won the toss at the Bulawayo Athletic Club and opted to field first. Scotland were without the service of their key player George Munsey, who was ruled out of the game because of an illness.

The call proved to be a correct one from Waseem, as UAE made early inroads with the ball, rocking the Scotland top-order. Junaid Siddique was the destroyer-in-chief, wreaking havoc with the new ball.

Siddique first trapped opener Christopher McBride lbw for 5 and then bowled Matthew Cross for 13. Ali Nasser and Zahoor Khan also provided great support, scalping the wickets of Brandon McMullen (4) and Tomas Mackintosh (11) respectively.

Skipper Richie Berrington and hero of Scotland's victory over Ireland, Michael Leask, then combined to stitch together a much-needed stand for Scotland. Their unbeaten stand of 52 ensured that there were no further hiccups for Scotland, as they reached a total of 100/4 at the halfway mark.

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