Scotland booked their place at the T20 World Cup in Australia with a resounding 90-run victory against the United Arab Emirates.
Shane Burger’s side elected to bat in the Dubai play-off after winning the toss and made an impressive 198 for six from their 20 overs before restricting UAE to just 108 in reply. Scotland join Ireland, Papua New Guinea and Netherlands in sealing a spot in the preliminary round next year
Openers George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer put on 87 for the first wicket before the latter lofted to long-off for 34.
Munsey had made 65 from 43 balls when he fell to a brilliant boundary catch by Rameez Shahzad with the score on 109.
Richie Berrington (48 from 18 balls) and Calum MacLeod (25 from 12 balls) maintained the early momentum and helped post a score that proved well beyond the UAE.
Scotland's victory today is their second biggest in their T20I history 👏
What a day to put a performance like that in 💪 pic.twitter.com/0tnDTIxtXb
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 30, 2019
Safyaan Sharif and Josh Davey made early inroads into the UAE batting before Shahzad offered some resistance with 34 from 28 balls.
But the innings crumbled after Shahzad sliced Mark Watt to Munsey at deep cover, becoming the third man to fall with the score on 55.
UAE lost their remaining wickets for 53 and were dismissed for 108 from 18.3 overs – the margin of victory being Scotland’s second biggest in T20 cricket.
Spinner Watt and seamer Sharif finished with figures of three for 21 as Scotland secured their fourth appearance at the men’s T20 World Cup.
Scotland captain Coetzer told Sky Sports: “We’ve got a lot of fine players and it’s more progression.
“It’s an opportunity now to play against some of the top-ranked sides in the world.
“Guys are willing to learn and push their game as far as they can. We’ve got a great coaching staff in place and people in the backroom are doing a great job back home.
“We’re very lucky to be where we are right now. We know how tough it is but progression is the key word.”
The Australian’s peak moment at the helm came last year as he shepherded England to their first ever World Cup crown.
Any return would have to be considered in the future with Yorkshire’s players and staff having taken wage cuts due to the pandemic.
The traditional method of spit-polishing to produce movement through the air has been deemed too great a risk of transmitting coronavirus.
The Lancastrian was fresh off some standout displays in the 2003 World Cup.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.
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