Calum MacLeod century propels Scotland to 1-0 series win

Calum MacLeod scored 102 off 107 deliveries.
Calum MacLeod scored 102 off 107 deliveries.
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Scotland 266-7 (MacLeod 102) beat
Hong Kong 213 (Hayat 56) by 53 runs
Second One-Day International, Edinburgh

A classy century from Calum MacLeod played a key role as Scotland scored 266 for seven and dismissed Hong Kong for 213 runs in 46.1 overs to claim a 53-run victory in the second One-Day International in Edinburgh, thereby sealing a 1-0 series win.

Scotland won the toss and opted to bat first. A 63-run stand for the opening wicket between Kyle Coetzer (48) and Matthew Cross (13) came up in just 10.4 overs before the latter was dismissed.

A slew of regular wickets followed as the rest of the middle order failed to convert their starts and Scotland were reduced to 144 for five in 32.2 overs.

MacLeod played a breezy knock from one end and kept the scoreboard ticking while adding 116-runs with Craig Wallace (52) for the sixth wicket.

MacLeod completed his century while Wallace went past his fifty in what was a run-a-ball knock. Scotland eventually posted 266 for seven in 50 overs.

Chasing a target of 267 runs, Hong Kong started well with a 40-run opening stand but lost both the openers in quick succession.

Babar Hayat (56) and Nizakat Khan (40) shared a 90-run stand for the third wicket, keeping the chase will and truly underway.

Hayat hit eight fours and a six as he went past his fifty but once the stand was broken in the 31st over, HongKong were rattled with regular strikes.

These regular wickets completely dented Hong Kong’s momentum and they were eventually bowled out for 213 runs in 46.1 overs with Chris Sole (4-28) claiming a four-wicket haul.

The victory gave Scotland a 1-0 series win in the two-match series.

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