Nadeem, Hayat get Scotland to a winning start in UAE

Kyle Coetzer was dismissed for 27 runs
Kyle Coetzer was dismissed for 27 runs
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Hong Kong 206-3 (Hayat 79) beat
Scotland 205 (Wallace 53) by seven wickets
Tri-Nation One-Day International in UAE

After a four-wicket haul from Nadeem Ahmed helped Hong Kong dismiss Scotland for 205, Babar Hayat led the chase with a composed unbeaten knock of 79 to complete a seven-wicket victory in the first One-Day International of Tri-Nation series in United Arab Emirates.

Hong Kong won the toss and decided to field first. Matthew Cross (44) and Kyle Coetzen (27) gave a solid start of 49 runs for the opening wicket but the latter was castled in the final of the 11th over by Tanveer Ahmed (2-49).

A double strike from Nadeem (4-33) further dented Scotland chances as he removed both Callum MacLeod (4) and Josh Davey (5).

Contributions from George Munsey (24), Con de Lange (20 not out) and a half-century from Craig Wallace (53) helped them recover and post 205 on the board before they were dismissed.

Nadeem and Tanveer were the pick of the Hong Kong bowlers as they snared four and two wickets respectively.

In their chase, Hong Kong lost Cameron McAuslan (8) early when he was castled by Davey (1-33). However, Hayat (79 not out) added a 33-run stand with Christopher Carter (43) and another 43 with Nizakat Khan (25) to lay the foundation for victory.

Hayat reached his fifty off 81 deliveries and had four boundaries in it and his unbeaten 97-run stand for the fourth wicket with Waqas Khan (32 not out) pretty much shut the hopes of Scotland.

Hayat also was chosen as player of the match as Hong Kong completed a seven-wicket win.

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