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by Manuj Sharma Thursday 9 July 2015
A brilliant three-wicket haul from the spinners, Michael Leask and Mark Watt followed by a breezy half-century from George Munsey helped Scotland demolish the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets in the opening game of the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2015 in Edinburgh.
Group BScotland 110-1 (Munsey 62 no) beatUAE 109 (Naveed 19 no) by nine wickets1st match, ICC World T20 Qualifier 2015, Edinburgh
Scotland opted to bowl first after winning the toss and after a quick start from Faizan Asif (17), UAE lost the plot completely.
Even though it was Alasdair Evans (1-24) who provided Scotland the initial breakthrough, the spin duo of Watt (3-28) and Leask (3-20) put constant pressure on the middle order.
Eventually, UAE were dismissed for 109 in the 19th over, with Mohammad Naveed (19 not out), being the top scorer in the innings.
In response, Scotland openers threw caution to the wind, putting on a 96-run stand in just 48 deliveries, which very much sealed the game for them.
Even though Scotland lost Kyle Coetzer (39), Munsey (62 not out) ensured they won the game in 10 overs, opening their account in the tournament.
Munsey was named as the man of the match for his blistering knock.
Afghanistan 162-7 (Shenwari 44) beatNetherlands 130 (Cooper 36) by 32 runs2nd match, ICC World T20 Qualifier 2015, Edinburgh
In the other game in Group B, an all-round performance from Afghanistan saw them defeat Netherlands by 32 runs.
Netherlands justified their decision to bowl first, restricting Afghanistan to 39 for three in the seventh over.
However, a 57-run stand between Samiullah Shenwari (44) and Mohammad Nabi (33) followed by another 53-run stand between Shenwari and Najibullah Zadran (33) ensured Afghanistan reached 162 for seven in the 20 overs.
The Netherlands top order was never allowed to get away by Dawlat Zadran (3-17) and Sharafuddin Ashraf (3-27).
Even though the top five got starts, they failed to make it count, with Ben Cooper (36) top scoring in an innings which looked listless.
Netherlands were dismissed for 130, falling short of their target by 33 runs.
ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group B
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