Scotland beat Hong Kong by eight wickets in rain-hit match

Nagpur, March 12, 2016

Scotland outplayed Hong Kong by eight wickets in a rain-shortened match in the final match of Group B in the ICC World Twenty 20 tournament at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here this evening.
Hong Kong, which won the toss and opted to bat first, ended up with a modest 127 for seven from their allotted 20 overs.
However, before the Scottish opening pair could start their run 
chase, the rain came bearing down upon them, shortening their play to 10 overs and the target to 76. This made no difference to the Scottish batsmen as they finished the match with two overs to spare, for the loss of just two wickets.
Hong Kong who had a sloppy start to their batting somehow got their shape with the fourthwicket partnership between Mark Chapman and Anshy Rath reaching 49-runs before Rath was dismissed due to a stumping by Cross off the ball of off-break bowler Matt Machan. 
George Munsey who opened the batting for Scotland with Kyle Coetzer, took the attack to Hong Kong right from the start. The 23-year-old southpaw smashed four boundaries in his 11-ball 19  before pulling a shot straight into the hands of a waiting Campbell at square-leg. 
Wicket-keeper batsman Mathew Cross who replaced him at the crease also seemed in a pretty confident mood, smashing two sixes and a boundary, making 22 runs off just 14 balls.
Matt Machan hit the winning runs for Scotland by depositing the ball back into the second tier at the end of the eighth over. 
Earlier, soon after skipper Tanwir Afzal won the toss and opted to bat first, Hong Kong found the match swiftly slipping out of their hands and going Scotland's way, with both the openers dismissed under 30 runs within the power play overs.
Babar Hayat, who came in at number three, looked to be in fine touch when he sent three of the first five balls bowled to him to the fence. But his 10-ball 15 came to an end when he tried to take on the slow-left-arm Con de Lange only to be caught at mid-wicket by the substitute Calum Macleod.
Champan and Rath pushed the score up to 82/4 in 14.3 overs from 33/3. But, a bit of brilliance with the ball by Mark Watt who bowled outside off-stump to a pre-meditated sweep got the set batsman out with a fine catch by Kyle Coetzer at fine-leg. 
Chapman, who had become just the 10th player to score a century on his ODI debut with 124 runs against the UAE, sparkled again today, making 40 runs off 41 balls. His innings was calm, composed and his temperament was just unbeatable. His innings included two shots to the boundary, one along the ground and one clearing the fence.
This is the first time Scotland has won an international game 
hosted by the ICC, 21 attempts after their first. 
Brief scores: Hong Kong 127/7 in 20 overs (M. Chapman 40, A. Rath 21; Machan two for 26) lost to Scotland 78/2(8/10 overs, 76 target) (M. Cross 22, K. Coetzer 20 n.o.)
Player of the Match: M Machan
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