World T20: Scots chase down revised Hong Kong total for first ever win in a global event

Scotland have won their first ever game at a global event.

World T20: Scots chase down revised Hong Kong total for first ever win in a global event
Scotland celebrate a wicket (photo: ICC)

Scotland chased down a revised total of 76 to conclude their World T20 campaign with an eight wicket win over Hong Kong, their first ever victory at a global cricket event.

Some excellent bowling from the Scots helped restrict Hong Kong to less than 100 from 18 overs, before a late fight-back ensured that the Asian side were 120-7 when the rain came lashing down in Nagpur, eventually getting the last three balls of their innings in to finish on 127-7.

The rain returned once those balls had been delivered, and Scotland were given 76 to win off a revised 10 overs via the Duckworth-Lewis Method. They chased that down fairly comfortably, winning with eight wickets and 12 balls to spare, Matt Machan making an unbeaten 15 off just four balls, having taken 2-26 earlier in the day.

Scotland start brilliantly with three early wickets

In truth, although they finished the job off so well, Scotland would have hoped to do through even easier means, having bowled particularly well at the start of Hong Kong's innings.

Gavin Main had the experienced Ryan Campbell out for a duck in the third over, whilst the dangerous Jamie Atkinson was caught and bowled off Josh Davey after making just 15. Hong Kong were in real danger when Babar Hayat was caught off Con de Lange, leaving them just 33-3. 

Chapman and Rath offer resistance

Mark Chapman and Anshy Rath steadied the ship somewhat, but the Asian's were still creeping along, only getting to 50 runs at around the halfway mark of their innings.

Rath went off Machan's bowling as Chapman looked to up the run rate at the other end, hitting consecutive boundaries. He was eventually out though, one big shot too many, following Tanwir Afzal back to the pavilion after he was ran out. That left Hong Kong on 98-6 with two overs to go.

Nizakhat Khan came in and struck two straight sixes before being dismissed for 17 off 10, aiding Hong Kong as they limped to 120 from their 20 overs.

Scotland chase down total with ease

Fully in the knowledge that they were unlikely to lose many wickets in the 10 overs they had to bat, it wasn't a surprise that the two Scotland did lose were as a result of batsmen trying to play big shots.

Kyle Coetzer and George Munsey got them off to a good start before the latter was caught for a quickfire 19 from 11. Matthew Cross was next in and impressed, hitting one huge six on his way to 20 (14), but he was the second wicket to fall, again caught in the deep after a misjudged big shot.

Coetzer was there until the end, finishing on 20* from 19 balls, but it was Man of the Match Machan who hit the winning runs, booming a six down the legside to move onto 15 from only four balls.

Despite only managing the one win from three games this time aroumd, Scotland will be pleased to have qualified and won a game in the preliminary rounds, and they'll head back to the UK with added confidence.