Scotland secure historic triumph

Scotland ended their 17-year wait for victory at an ICC global tournament with an eight-wicket win over Hong Kong at the World Twenty20.

Scotland made the first of three World Cup appearances in 1999 and have previously qualified for the 2007 and 2009 20-over showpieces, but had left winless on all five occasions.

However, they head for home having broken their duck after comprehensively beating fellow associate side Hong Kong on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Matt Machan took 2-26 with his part-time off-spin and all of the Scottish bowlers kept things tidy as Hong Kong limped to 127 for seven from their allocated overs, with Mark Chapman’s 41-ball 40 their highest knock.

Rain in Nagpur then reduced Scotland’s chase to 76 from 10 overs, and George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer took 20 from the first two overs before the former was dismissed by Nadeem Ahmed.

Coetzer anchored the innings with an unbeaten 20 off 19 balls, with wicketkeeper Matthew Cross playing the aggressor’s role with two sixes in a 14 ball 22.

He holed out off Aizaz Khan, but Machan sealed success in style with a six over the leg-side.

Both sides had already been eliminated after defeats to Group B winners Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.

Source: ECB

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