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Former India skipper Kapil Dev (Photo | PTI)
Former India skipper Kapil Dev (Photo | PTI)
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Indian Players Should Prioritise Playing For Nation Rather Than IPL, Says Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev pointed out a couple of reasons which resulted in India’s underwhelming performance at the T20 World Cup after New Zealand’s win against Afghanistan saw India being knocked out despite starting as favourites and title contenders for the showpiece event.

Legendary all-rounder and former World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev feels the BCCI and Indian cricket should start planning immediately for the next World Cup instead of leaving things for later.

Kapil Dev lifting the 1983 World Cup | Reuters
Kapil Dev lifting the 1983 World Cup | Reuters

Kapil Dev: India Should Start Planning Right Away For Next 2022 T20I World Cup

The year 2022 will stage the next T20 World Cup, and with India not able to qualify for the knockouts this year – the first time it has happened in eight ICC events – Kapil Dev pointed out a couple of reasons which resulted in India’s underwhelming performance at the ongoing T20 World Cup.

“It’s time to look at the future. You should start planning right away. It’s not that since the World Cup is over, the Indian team’s entire cricket is too. Go and plan. I just feel that there should have been some gap between IPL and the World Cup. But this is certainly there that our players today have a lot of exposure but they could not make the most of it,” Kapil said.

T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India exited the ongoing 2021 T20I World Cup after New Zealand beat Afghanistan to book the second semi-final berth from Group 2 on Sunday.

Virat Kohli’s team came into the tournament as hot favourites but let their future depend on other teams after big losses to rivals Pakistan, who were the first team to make the final four, and then the Kiwis. India crashed out of the T20 World Cup after New Zealand registered an 8-wicket win over Afghanistan to join Pakistan, England, and Australia in the semi-final.

Kapil Dev: Players Should Take Pride In Playing For Their Nation Instead Of Prioritizing IPL Over Country

Kapil Dev went on to make a big statement, saying that certain cricketers prefer playing the Indian Premier League and do not give importance to representing the country first, and explained that the BCCI needs to look into it. Although Kapil Dev insisted that he is not against the idea of cricketers playing franchise cricket, the order should be the other way round.

“When players prioritise IPL over playing for the country, we what can we say. Players should take pride in playing for their nation. I don’t know their financial conditions so can’t say much. But I feel that first in line should be the country’s team and then franchises.

“I’m not saying do not play cricket there (for the franchise), but the responsibility is now on the BCCI to plan its cricket better. To not repeat mistakes we committed in this tournament is the biggest learning for us,” added Kapil.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy, Image Credits: Twitter

India thrashed Afghanistan and Scotland, but it was all too late, and now they find themselves out of the tournament even before their final game against Namibia on Monday. On the eve of their last league game in Group Two against minnows Namibia, Virat Kohli & Co. bowed out of a campaign in which they never really belonged.

The two losses to Pakistan and New Zealand -in which they got outplayed – had already put India on the exit path. From there, it was more of a battle pitching hope against hope, and it eventually all came crashing with New Zealand’s eight-wicket win over Afghanistan.

However, not managing to bring a single ICC Trophy back home between 2017 and 2021 will remain a barren patch in an otherwise pleasant run for this team. The same will stand true for Virat Kohli as he bows out of T20 captaincy and could also relinquish the same in the 50-over format very soon.

Jonathan Trott [GETTY]
Jonathan Trott [GETTY]
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Scotland Ropes In Former England Batsman Jonathan Trott As Batting Consultant For T20I World Cup 2021

Scotland has roped in former England batsman Jonathan Trott as ‘Batting Lead’ for the upcoming T20 World Cup. He will be assisting the squad, led by Kyle Coetzer, for the tournament in UAE. Additionally, Scotland has also roped in a ‘Wellbeing Manager’ in Louise Finlayson.

Speaking about Jonathan Trott, he comes with an immense amount of experience under his belt. He has been part of the Ashes-winning squad of the England team and also part of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 team. Jonathan Trott understands how it is like to deal with pressures and get the best result possible.

Jonathan Trott (Getty Images)
Jonathan Trott (Getty Images)

Cricket Scotland CEO Gus Mackay Opens Up On Appointment Of A Wellbeing Manager For T20I WC

Scotland is one of the eight teams that will play Qualifiers in Oman. Apart from getting the services of the South African-born Jonathan Trott, Scotland has also managed to get mental ‘Wellbeing Manager’ Louise Finlayson.

“The pandemic has forced us into operating in Managed Environments and the role of a Wellbeing Manager has been identified as critical to supporting the players and staff of what we hope will be a long and successful tour,” said Cricket Scotland CEO, Gus Mackay.

Scotland celebrate their victory over England in one-off ODI (Reuters Photo)
Scotland celebrate their victory over England in a one-off ODI (Reuters Photo)

It is a well-documented fact that during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health has become of paramount importance. The stringent bio-bubble norms too are not allowing the players to roam freely. Considering all these factors, Scotland has got Louise Finlayson on board.

Scotland Roped In Jonathan Trott For His Great Knowledge Of Playing In World Cups And Ashes: Scotland Coach Shane Burger

Jonathan Trott made the dreamlike debut, scoring a century and leading England to regain Ashes 2009. After playing his maiden series, he became the lynchpin of England’s batting order and heavily scored for them in ODIs and Tests. But he had a sudden downfall in his career in 2012. However, he bounced back in the 2013-2014 Ashes series and helped the team to retain Ashes.

He played 52 Tests and 68 ODIs apart from 7 T20Is scoring 3835 runs in Tests averaging 44.08 and 2819 runs in ODIs averaging 51.25. Head coach Shane Burger believed that the England batsman Jonathan Trott could bring in a lot of value with his experience.

“What we have in Jonathan Trott is great knowledge and experience of high-performance environments. He’s played in World Cups, Ashes Series, and traveled to many destinations around the world.

“He also understands the demands and high pressures of international sport and the environments that they bring with them and it’ll be fantastic to have him as a support in the build-up to the World Cup,” said Shane Burger while also expressing his confidence in the squad picked.

Shane Burger on the middle. (Credits: Twitter)
Shane Burger on the middle. (Credits: Twitter)

“This squad has worked hard over a long period of time now and deserves the opportunity to show the world what we are about. This is an experienced, versatile, and exciting group of players and we’re looking forward to embracing the challenges ahead as a team.”

Notably, Scotland is part of the qualifier stage in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021. They are placed in Group B alongside, Oman National Cricket Team, Papua New Guinea National Cricket, Bangladesh National Cricket Team.

Squad: Kyle Coetzer. Richard Berrington, Dylan Budge, Matthew Cross (wk), Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Chris Greaves, Oli Hairs, Michael Leask, Calum Macleod, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace (wk), Mark Watt, Brad Wheal

Scotland has not played a T20 international since 2019 as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused scheduling problems. Scotland, who featured in their first T20I back in 2007, scored their most significant win in the format against Bangladesh.

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T20I Cricket: All The 250+ Totals In This Format

Since T20I cricket started in February 2005, this format has gradually gained popularity worldwide. As the cricket world is enjoying this format hugely, it is also helping to globalise the game. Apart from the 12 full members, 92 associate members are even now playing T20I cricket, as the ICC awarded the T20I status for all its members since 1st January 2019 (in men’s cricket).

Though this shortest format is known for the batsmen-oriented game, the skilful bowlers also get ready to dominate in their four-over spell.

Till the date, we have seen six 250+ innings in T20I cricket history. Here we are talking about it.

252/3 by Scotland (vs the Netherlands at Dublin, Malahide on 16th September 2019)

Scotland, T20I, 250+
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After the Netherlands team sent Scotland to bat first, Scottish openers George Munsey and skipper Kyle Coetzer provided an incredible start with their record T20I partnership of 200 runs. It was the third 200-run partnership in T20I history which set up the tone for the 250+ total.

While Coetzer was dismissed on 89 runs off 50 balls (11 fours and 5 sixes), Munsey not only became the second Scottish batsman to score a T20I century (41 balls) but also recorded the highest individual score for his team with 127 not out off 56 balls (5 fours and 14 sixes).

At the end of the 20 overs, Scotland scored 252/3. In reply, the Dutch side scored 194/7 as Scotland won that match by 58 runs.

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New Zealand, Pakistan Cricket Tours Of Scotland And Ireland Have Been Postponed

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic, Cricket Ireland have postponed their home international series against New Zealand and Pakistan in this season. Meanwhile, Cricket Scotland have also postponed their home international series against New Zealand.

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting the FTP schedule of international cricket. It has already postponed many international cricket matches along with other cricket events. Now, the New Zealand tours of Ireland and Scotland have been postponed along with Pakistan tour of Ireland.

New Zealand
New Zealand cricketer (Image Credit: Twitter)

New Zealand had the plans to play limited-overs international matches in Ireland and Scotland

According to the FTP schedule, Ireland would play the three-match ODI and three-match T20I series against New Zealand in June. The ODI series is the part of the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.

Ireland
Ireland cricket team (Image Credit: Twitter)

Before that Ireland tour, New Zealand also had the plan to tour in Scotland for the only ODI and only T20I matches in early June. Both these tours have been postponed amid coronavirus outbreak.

Scotland
Scotland national cricket team (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Pakistan would also tour in Ireland

After the home series against New Zealand, Ireland also had the plan to play two-match home T20I series against Pakistan in July. While Pakistan’s recent tour in the Netherlands has already been postponed (three-match ODI series which was a part of the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League), now their Ireland tour has also been postponed.

Pakistan
Pakistan national cricket team (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Ireland would originally start their 2020 home international season with the limited-overs series against Bangladesh in the ongoing month. Apart from playing three ODIs against the visitors (part of the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League), they had also the plans to play four T20Is against Bangladesh in England. However, that tour has also been postponed due to the same reason.

Cricket Ireland is also busy to decide the fate of their tour in England in September for the three-match ODI series against the hosts (10th-15th September 2020). This ODI series is also the part of the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. According to the speculation, this upcoming series also can be rescheduled.

Scotland, T20 World Cup Qualifier
Scotland national cricket team (Image Credit: ICC)
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Scotland Qualify For The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020

Scotland is the latest team to qualify for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. In the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia have already qualified for the first round of next T20 World Cup event and now Scotland have joined them.

On Wednesday (30th October) afternoon, Scotland faced the hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the third Qualifying Play-off. In that game, Scotland thrashed the hosts and have booked their spot for the next T20 World Cup.

After winning the toss, Scotland decided to bat first. Openers George Munsey and captain Kyle Coetzer provided a very good start for the team as they put the 87 runs partnership. While Coetzer scored 34 runs, Munsey smashed 65 runs off 43 balls (2 fours and 5 sixes).

Later, Richie Berrington played a firing knock of 48 runs off just 18 balls (4 fours and 3 sixes). These knocks helped Scotland to score 198/6 in 20 overs.

Scotland, T20 World Cup Qualifier
Richie Berrington performed a furious batting (Image Credit: ICC)

Scotland destroyed the UAE batting line-up as the hosts managed only 108 runs

In reply, the UAE lost their wickets in regular intervals and were bundled out for just 108 runs in 18.3 overs. Only Rameez Shahzad (34), Muhammad Usman (20) and Darius D’Silva (19*) reached the double-digit scores in that innings.

Scotland, T20 World Cup Qualifier
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Scottish right-arm pacer Safyaan Sharif and left-arm spinner Mark Watt both bagged three wickets. While Watt had the bowling figures of 4-0-21-3, Sharif managed the bowling figures of 3.3-0-21-3.

Scotland beat the hosts by 90 runs, which was also their second-largest T20I victory (by runs). With this victory, Scotland have qualified for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. Before this tournament, Scotland featured in three T20 World Cup editions (2007, 2009 and 2016).

In the T20 World Cup history, Scotland have won only one game, which was against Hong Kong at Nagpur on 12th March 2016. It was also their only victory till the date in the ICC tournament.

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Canada players (Image Credit: ICC)
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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: Day 4 Round-Up

Monday (21st October) was the day four of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.

In Group A, Scotland and Kenya beat Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Bermuda respectively.

Meanwhile, in Group B, the hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) defeated Hong Kong. Ireland and Canada also added two points in their account after beating Oman and Nigeria respectively.

(Group A)

Scotland ended Papua New Guinea’s 10-match winning streak with a thrilling victory

T20 World Cup Qualifier
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Scotland opener and captain Kyle Coetzer (54 runs) and the middle-order wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Cross (40 not out) guided to the first innings total of 146/6 (20 overs).

In reply, Papua New Guinea (PNG) lost their wickets at regular intervals. While PNG were struggling, the lower middle-order batsman Norman Vanua played a great cameo which brought them closer to the victory.

In the final over of the match, PNG needed to score nine runs to win that match. Vanua (33 off 18 balls) lost his wicket in that over and PNG managed to score 142/9 (20 overs). Scotland won that match by just four runs.

Before this game, PNG managed to win 10 successive T20Is.

Among the Irish bowlers, left-arm spinner Hamza Tahir (3/24) managed to pick up three wickets.

Dhiren Gondaria and Collins Obuya guided Kenya to their first victory in this tournament

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: Day 4 Round-Up 1
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Kenya vs Bermuda game had the low-scoring affair. Dhiren Gondaria’s brilliant 85 not out (67 balls) helped Kenya to manage the first innings total of 138/4 (20 overs). Apart from Gondaria, none of other Kenya batsmen reached the 20-run mark in that innings.

In reply, Bermuda were all-out on just 93 runs (18.5 overs). Only Delray Rawlins (37 runs) and Janeiro Tucker (22 runs) managed to score double-digit runs in that innings.

The 35-year-old leg-spinner Collins Obuya had the bowling figures of 3.5-0-27-4.

Kenya claimed their first victory in this tournament after beating Bermuda by 45 runs.

(Group B)

The hosts UAE clinched easy victory against Hong Kong

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The hosts UAE dominated in the Group B encounter against Hong Kong. UAE bowlers restricted Hong Kong to 116/7 (20 overs). Only the opener Nizakat Khan (31) and the no.3 batsman Kinchit Shah (30) reached the 20-run mark in that innings.

Among the hosts’ bowlers, Rohan Mustafa (2/17) and Waheed Ahmed (2/23) picked up two wickets each.

Opener Chirag Suri and the no.3 batsman Rameez Shahzad guided the team to the comfortable victory. While they had the 93 runs partnership for the second wicket, Suri scored 44 not out and Shahzad scored 54 runs. UAE chased down that target in 15.1 overs after losing two wickets. The hosts won the game by eight wickets (with 29 balls remaining).

Ireland finished Oman’s six-match winning streak in T20I

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: Day 4 Round-Up 2
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Gareth Delaney (89*) and the opener Kevin O’Brien (41) inspired Ireland to set up the first innings total of 183/3 (20 overs). In that innings, Kevin equalled the most T20I sixes record (35) in a calendar year. While Kevin has hit 35 T20I sixes in 2019, New Zealand cricketer Colin Munro created that record (35 T20I sixes) in 2018.

In reply, Oman scored 148/9 in 20 overs as Ireland won that match by 35 runs. Only the opener Khawar Ali (50 runs) reached the 20-run mark in that innings.

After winning six consecutive T20Is, Oman finally suffered a T20I defeat.

Canada registered a big victory against Nigeria

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In another Group B game, Canada thrashed Nigeria by 50 runs. After winning the toss, Canada scored 159/7 in 20 overs. Nitish Kumar (57 not out) and wicketkeeper Hamza Tariq (33 runs) played important roles in that innings.

Later, Canada restricted Nigeria to just 109/8 (20 overs). Only Chimezie Onwuzulike (39 runs) and Sulaimon Runsewe (27 runs) provided some fights in that innings.

Canadian right-arm pacer Dillon Heyliger (3/16) scalped three wickets in that game.

Qualifier, Papua New Guinea
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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: Day 2 Round-Up

On day two (19th October) of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019, ten teams featured in five different matches.

In the Group A, Papua New Guinea thrashed Bermuda, while the Netherlands and Scotland claimed easy victories against Namibia and Kenya respectively.

Meanwhile, Jersey claimed a dominating victory in their Group B encounter against Nigeria. In the same group, the hosts UAE beat Ireland.

(Group A)

Norman Vanua’s hat-trick guided Papua Guinea to the 10-wicket victory against Bermuda

Qualifier, Papua New Guinea
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) have started their campaign in this tournament in a dominating fashion. It was the match against Bermuda, who lost the toss and only managed to score 89 runs (17.2 overs) before getting all-out in the first innings. PNG pacer Norman Vanua created history after claiming a hat-trick in his first over of this game (third over of that innings). He dismissed Dion Stovell (1), Kamau Leverock (0) and Deunte Darrell (0) in three successive deliveries which put Bermuda in danger as they were battling on 11/5. In the end, only Delray Rawlins (25) reached the 20-run mark in that innings while Vanua had the best bowling figures of 2.2-1-14-3.

PNG chased down that small total easily in 10.2 overs without losing any wicket. Openers Tony Ura (33*) and captain Assad Vala (53*) guided the team to the comfortable victory.

The Netherlands bowlers snatched a victory against Namibia

Qualifier, Papua New Guinea
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The Netherlands claimed their second straight victory in this tournament after beating Namibia by 44 runs. After winning the toss, the Netherlands managed the first innings total of 140/6 (20 overs). Middle-order batsman Ryan ten Doeschate (59 runs) played a very important role in that innings.

In reply, the Dutch bowlers bundled out Namibia for just 96 runs (19 overs). Paul van Meekeren (3/16) and Brandon Glover (3/15) both managed to pick up three wickets each. Only Craig Williams (27 runs), Zhivago Groenewald (13 runs) and opener Nikolaas Davin (12 runs) reached the double-digit scores in that innings.

Scotland claimed their first victory after beating Kenya

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: Day 2 Round-Up 3
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After suffering a shocking defeat against Singapore in the tournament opener, Scotland claimed their first victory in this tournament after beating Kenya. Scotland scored 170/6 (20 overs) after deciding to bat first. In the last five overs, Scottish batters added 54 runs. Wicketkeeper Matthew Cross (24 off 14 balls) and Tom Sole (33 not out 18 balls) played great cameos in the end.

In reply, Kenya were restricted on 139/8 (20 overs) as Scotland won by 31 runs. Only the opener Irfan Karim (51) and the no.3-positioned batsman Dhiren Gondaria (26) reached the 20-run mark in that innings. Richie Berrington (3/17) bagged three wickets in that innings.

(Group B)

Jersey beat Nigeria by 69 runs after registering their record T20I total

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In their opening game of this tournament, Jersey managed their record T20I total and it led them to the big victory. After winning the toss, Jersey scored 184/4 (20 overs). Middle-order batsmen Jonty Jenner (57 not out) and Nick Greenwood (43 runs) played crucial roles in that innings. Their previous highest T20I total was 171/6 (20 overs) against Guernsey at Castel on 1st June 2019.

Chasing down that challenging total, Nigeria were restricted to 115/7 (20 overs). Only the opener Leke Oyede (39 runs) reached the 20-run mark in that innings.

Hosts UAE beat Ireland after Rohan Mustafa’s brilliant all-round performances

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: Day 2 Round-Up 4
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Ireland suffered a five-wicket defeat (with 18 balls remaining) against the hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE). After winning the toss, UAE decided to field first. Only the opener Paul Stirling managed to reach the 20-run mark in Ireland’s innings as he scored 72 runs. At the end of 20 overs, Ireland scored 125 runs for the loss of ten wickets. UAE off-spinner Rohan Mustafa had the bowling figures of 4-0-18-4.

In reply, UAE chased down that target in 17 overs after losing five wickets. Once again the opener Rohan Mustafa provided a strong start for the hosts as he scored the highest runs in that innings of 39 runs.

Singapore, T20 World Cup Qualifier
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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: (Day 1 Round-Up) – Singapore Stuns Scotland In Tournament Opener

Exactly 12 months away from the opening game of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, the Qualifier tournament has begun on Friday (18th October). The UAE is hosting this entire Qualifier tournament.

The tournament has started with a stunning thrilling victory from Singapore against Scotland in the Group A encounter. Meanwhile, the Netherlands beat Kenya by 30 runs in the same Group A.

In the Group B matches, Ireland beat Hong Kong and Oman defeated the hosts UAE.

(Group A)

Singapore stunned Scotland in a thrilling encounter

Singapore, T20 World Cup Qualifier
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Scotland decided to field first after winning the toss and started in a great way as Singapore were down to 7/2. But the opener Surendran Chandramohan’s 51 runs and good middle-order batting helped Singapore to manage the challenging first innings total of 168/6 (20 overs).

In reply, Scotland openers George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer (captain) provided a good start with 70 runs partnership. While Munsey scored 46 runs, Coetzer scored 38 runs. Also, Calum MacLeod scored crucial 44 runs but the middle-order collapse in a late moment put Scotland in trouble.

In the final over of that match, Scotland needed eight runs while they had four wickets in hands. Scotland lost three wickets in the last four balls and only managed five runs in that over. Finally, Scotland managed to score 166/9 (20 overs) as Singapore won by two runs. While Scotland had to score five runs in the final ball, they only managed to score two runs along with a run-out.

Selladore Vijayakumar won Player of the Match award after managing the incredible match-winning bowling figures of 4-0-16-3.

The Netherlands beat Kenya by 30 runs

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The Netherlands totally dominated Kenya and clinched the 30 runs victory. After winning the toss, the Dutch posted the first innings total of 166/4 (20 overs). Opener Max O’Dowd scored 53 runs while all other batsmen reached the 20 runs mark in that innings, except Ryan ten Doeschate (3 runs).

In reply, only Collins Obuya (63 runs) and Rakep Patel (26 runs) reached the 20 runs mark in Kenya innings. At the end of the 20 overs, Kenya scored 136/8. The right-arm pacer Paul van Meekeren was the best bowler of the match with the bowling figures of 4-0-27-3.

(Group B)

Irish batsmen guided to the easy victory against Hong Kong

ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: (Day 1 Round-Up) - Singapore Stuns Scotland In Tournament Opener 5
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After winning the toss, Kinchit Shah’s 79 runs helped Hong Kong to manage the first innings total of 153/5 (20 overs). Haroon Arshad (20 runs) was the only other batsman in that innings to reach the 20-run mark.

In reply, opener Kevin O’Brien (0) was run-out in the first over without facing a ball. However, another opener Paul Stirling (62 runs) and the no.3 batsman Andy Balbirnie (70 not out) made the chase easier for Ireland. Ireland chased down that target in 17.2 overs after losing just two wickets, They won this match by eight wickets with 16 balls remaining.

Oman claimed easy victory after the hosts UAE’s batting failure

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After winning the toss, Oman restricted the hosts UAE to 108/9 (20 overs). Only Rohan Mustafa (24 runs) and Muhammad Usman (27 runs) reached the 20-run mark in that innings. Two new ball bowlers Bilal Khan (3/23) and Fayyaz Butt (3/16) both picked up three wickets.

Chasing down that target, Oman lost three wickets before reached the target in 18.2 overs. Aqib Ilyas inspired to that comfortable chasing after remaining unbeaten on 45 runs. Oman has started this tournament with a seven-wicket victory (with 10 balls remaining).

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Scotland Will Host One ODI Against New Zealand In June 2020

Cricket Scotland has recently announced their first international game in the next home summer. The last two-time Cricket World Cup runners-up New Zealand will travel to Scotland in late June 2020 for only ODI.

New Zealand will start their journey in 2020-22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League with the away ODI series against Ireland. According to FTP, New Zealand will play the three-match ODI series and three-match T20I series against the hosts Ireland in June 2020. Probably after that tour, New Zealand will play only ODI against the hosts Scotland.

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On last Monday (23rd September), Cricket Scotland has confirmed this fixture. On 26th June 2020, Scotland and New Zealand will play this only ODI. However, the hosts haven’t announced the venue yet. In this December, they will release the match tickets.

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“We look forward to welcoming New Zealand’s men to Scotland for the first time since 2008,” High Performance Manager of Cricket Scotland, Simon Smith said.

Brief ODI history between Scotland and New Zealand

Till the date, Scotland has played three ODIs against New Zealand. On 31st May 1999, in the Group Stage of ICC Cricket World Cup 1999, Scotland hosted the ODI against New Zealand at Edinburgh and it was their first ODI meeting. New Zealand won that match by six wickets.

Scotland again hosted an ODI against New Zealand at Aberdeen on 3rd July 2008 during a tri-series. The Black Caps won that match by eight wickets.

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Their last ODI meeting was in the Group Stage game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. New Zealand hosted that game at Dunedin on 17th February 2015. They had a thrilling low-scoring contest in that game but New Zealand won that match by three wickets.

Scotland, New Zealand
New Zealand national cricket team (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Smith added, “There is a close bond between our nations, and the clash in Dunedin during the 2015 Cricket World Cup was a special occasion marked fittingly by a closely-fought contest played in typically good spirit.

“Having conquered the world number one team in 2018, this will be an excellent opportunity for our men to knock over the finalist from the last two Cricket World Cups and earn yet another win over an ICC Full Member.”

In 2018, the hosts Scotland stunned the cricket world after beating the no.1-ranked ODI team England. Scotland won that high-scoring match by six runs.

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Scotland Openers Lead The Team To Great T20I Victory Against The Netherlands After Making Entries In Several Record Books

On Monday (16th September), Scotland clinched a big T20I victory against the Netherlands after managing their record T20I total.

It was the first game for Scotland in the T20I tri-series in Ireland while the Netherlands were playing their second game in this tournament after their no result against Ireland in the opening game of this series due to the rain washout.

After winning the toss, the Dutch captain Pieter Seelaar decided to field first. Scotland managed their record T20I total of 252/3 (20 overs), thanks to their 200 runs opening partnership between the centurion George Munsey and captain Kyle Coetzer. That total was also the sixth-highest total in T20I history. Scotland’s previous highest T20I total was 221/3 against the Netherlands at Amstelveen on 20th June 2018.

Meanwhile, Munsey became the second Scottish batsman to hit a T20I century. Richie Berrington was the first player for Scotland to achieve this feat as he scored 100 runs against Bangladesh at The Hague on 24th July 2012. Munsey completed his century in 41 balls and remained not out on 127 runs off 56 balls (5 fours and 14 sixes). It also became the second-highest individual score by a left-handed batsman in T20I history. The record is 162* by the Afghanistan left-handed batsman Hazratullah Zazai against Ireland at Dehradun on 23rd February 2019.

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George Munsey 

In the meantime, captain Coetzer scored 89 runs off 50 balls with 11 fours and 5 sixes.

Munsey-Coetzer’s 200 runs opening partnership was the third-highest partnership in T20I history. The top two were also the opening partnerships as those were 236 runs between the Afghanistan batsmen Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani (against Ireland at Dehradun on 23rd February 2019) and 223 runs between the Aussie openers Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short (against Zimbabwe at Harare on 3rd July 2018).

Scotland, T20I
George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Netherlands scored 194/7, Scotland secured their second-largest T20I victory

Chasing down that target, the Netherlands managed to score 194/7 (20 overs). However, still, they lost that game by 58 runs. Captain Seelaar scored 96 not out off 49 balls (9 fours and 5 sixes) but he didn’t get enough support. It was the seventh time in T20I history when both the captains scored 50+ runs in the same game. Scott Edwards was the second-highest run-scorer in that innings as he scored 37 runs off 19 balls. Apart from them, no other reached the 20-run mark in that innings.

Scotland finally won this match by 58 runs – their second-largest T20I victory (by runs). Their record margin T20I victory was also against the Netherlands by 115 runs at Amstelveen on 20th June 2018.

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