Kyle Coetzer performed an actual captain’s innings as his very good unbeaten century – and a superb 114 run partnership alongside Michael Leask – helped Scotland’s males defeat the UAE of their newest match within the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 tri-series in Pearland, Texas, on Tuesday.
The Scots went into the sport having misplaced one and gained one on the journey up to now towards hosts the USA over the weekend whereas they had been seeking to file their 10th One Day Worldwide victory of their final 11 outings within the format on this one.
After they had been 88-5 on the finish of the 27th over of their reply chasing 216 to win, it regarded prefer it may be a really tight end, however then Coetzer and Leask got here collectively and placed on the aforementioned 114 runs
When Leask was out within the 46th over the staff nonetheless wanted 14 runs to win earlier than Chris Greaves (8 not out) helped Coetzer (108 not out) see the staff residence by 4 wickets with 12 balls to spare.
“I’m very proud to have helped the staff over the road,” Coetzer mentioned after his fifth ODI century, an innings which included 16 fours and lasted 142 balls.
“We did communicate as a gaggle in our scouting assembly about how we might react if we misplaced the toss on a floor – and in circumstances – that has definitely been favouring batting first.
“That occurred, however the bowlers adjusted very properly and caught to their plans, defending one aspect of the sector and attacking from the opposite and we definitely put the UAE underneath stress by sure phases of the sport.
“Importantly we took our catches too and we had been capable of maintain them to a lowish complete as a result of chasing was all the time going to be tough on that floor.
“Chris Sole was the standout bowler, he has are available and hit a very respectable size within the final couple of video games, however all the bowlers put in a shift, particularly into the breeze.
“Then got here a combating effort within the second half to try to recover from the road.
We needed to graft away and I rode my luck at occasions, however on that pitch you actually needed to decide to your pictures in the event you had been going to play them and I’m simply happy to assist the staff get some extra factors on the board.
“In current occasions we now have relied rather a lot on Richie Berrington and George Munsey with the bat, so it was good to see different guys chipping in and Michael Leask got here in and did an ideal job for the staff when required.
“His innings supplied some impetus when it was required and he has been in nice type with bat and ball for some time now.
“It was a character-building day within the warmth as we bought to our goal.
“Credit score to the USA and the best way they performed to beat us on Saturday, however we now have achieved properly to win our final two video games and can now look ahead to Friday – we wish to finish the journey on a excessive.”
Adrian Neill got here into the Scotland XI for this one instead of fellow seamer Safyaan Sharif and, as Coetzer talked about, the UAE gained the toss and determined to bat.
And, after Calum MacLeod and Chris Sole had bought issues off to a good begin with the ball, it was Neill who struck first, having Muhammad Waseem caught by wicketkeeper Matthew Cross within the ninth over.
Chirag Suri and Vriitya Aravind, the UAE wicketkeeper, then placed on 66 runs for the second wicket earlier than the latter was caught by MacLeod off the bowling of spinner Hamza Tahir.
Suri and Chundangapoyil Rizwan then took Scotland as much as 134, the previous making it previous his half century earlier than the returning Sole bowled him for 69 which got here off 121 balls.
Two overs later Sole had Rohan Mustafa (2) caught by Coetzer and the UAE had been 142-4 with 14 and a half overs to go of the innings.
In these 14 and a half overs they added one other 73 runs whereas Scotland took 5 extra wickets.
Basil Hameed (6) was caught by George Munsey off the bowling of spinner Greaves.
Greaves then turned the catcher to offer Sole his third scalp of the day, eradicating Alishan Sharafu for 22 earlier than Neill – with the assistance of a Munsey catch – bought the important thing wicket of Rizwan who had made 55 off 57 balls.
Sole then clear bowled Kashif Daud (1) and skipper Ahmed Raza was run out for 9 because the UAE posted 215-9 from their 50 overs.
Sole led the best way along with his finest ever ODI figures of 4-27 and he was properly supported by the remainder of the bowling unit, Neill taking 2-37, Greaves 1-32 and Tahir 1-43.
In reply, Scotland bought off to a sticky begin and Cross (2) was bowled by Junaid Siddique off simply the fourth ball of the innings.
Coetzer and MacLeod then placed on a 42-run partnership for the second wicket to settle issues down earlier than, within the 13th over, Raza had the latter caught by Mustafa for 20.
Scotland had been 74-2 after 20 overs earlier than Richie Berrington, the century maker from Sunday’s win over the USA, was bowled for 13 by Rizwan, a bowler with fairly a novel motion for certain.
Munsey – bowled Hameed for 1 – and Dylan Budge – caught Hameed, bowled Raza for five – quickly adopted Berrington again to the pavilion and the UAE had their tails up.
That was when Coetzer was joined on the crease by Leask and, after they consolidated issues, they quickly began to take the sport away from their opponents.
With 15 overs of their innings left they’d progressed the whole to 135-5, the aspect needing 81 runs off 90 balls at that time.
They then wanted 45 off 60 balls and, from the primary ball of the 43rd over bowled by Raza, Coetzer reached his three figures with a single.
A six off the second ball of the 46th over bowled by Hameed took Leask as much as 47 and he appeared to be on the best way to a well-deserved half-century till he was adjudged to be out LBW two balls later.
Greaves then joined Coetzer within the center and completed issues off, hitting a 4 off Waseem from the final ball of the 48th over to get Shane Burger’s males over the road.
Scotland full their ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 tri-series fixtures for this journey towards the UAE on Friday on the identical floor (4.30pm UK time).