The Scotland Cricket Team booked their place in the World 2020 by decimating United Arab Emirates by 90 runs in the 3rd playoff match played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on Thursday.
Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer won the toss and decided to bat first. George Munsey was aggressive with his intent taking on UAE bowlers with ease. Scotland captain Coetzer also made the batting look easy making sure they don’t allow anyone to settle. At the end of 6 overs, both took Scotland to 46 for 0.
After the power play overs, Munsey continued to take singles and hitting boundaries on bad balls. Coetzer also showed his intent against the UAE bowlers. The left-handed Munsey reached his fifty off 33 balls. Junaid Siddique provided the breakthrough for hosts as he got the wicket of Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer for 34. Scotland openers added 87 runs which laid a strong foundation for a massive total. A brilliant one-handed catch at the boundary by Rameez Shahzad ended Munsey innings for 65 off 48 balls. Richie Berrington came to crease at number 4 and just smashed the UAE bowlers with great hitting scoring a quick fire 48 off 18 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes. Rohan Mustafa did the job for UAE with quick wickets at the end. Calcum MacLeod was superb with his stroke play and scored a quick fire 25 off 12 balls, was dismissed off last ball of the innings.
Chasing down 199 runs to win, United Arab Emirates were never looked in chase as they lost 2 important wickets of Rohan Mustafa and Chirag Suri. Rameez Shahzad was impressive with his stroke play and took on Scotland bowlers. At the end of 6 overs, UAE were 35 for 2.
After the power play overs, D Silva had to retire hurt due to a ball hitting the knee. It was a target too big for UAE batsmen as they were bowled out for 108 in 18.3 overs. Scotland won the match by a massive 90 runs.
Scotland 198 for 6 in 20 overs (George Munsey 65, Richie Berrington 48, Rohan Mustafa 2/38) beat UAE 108 in 18.3 overs ( Rameez Shahzad 34, Matt Watt 3/21, Sharyian Sharif 3/21) by 90 runs.
Hong Kong and Oman will fight one spot remaining in the World 2020 to be played in Australia.