Nagpur - In a rain interrupted game, Scotland managed to restrict Hong Kong to 127 for seven in 20 overs and chased down the revised target of 76 runs in just eight overs to complete an eight-wicket win by Duckworth-Lewis method in the 10th match in the first round of Group B in the ICC World Twenty20 in Nagpur which was also their maiden victory in a global ICC event.

Hong Kong won the toss opted to bat first. After a slow start in the first over, Jamie Atkinson (13) struck two boundaries in the second over. Ryan Campbell (0) was caught at third man in the third over off Gavin Main (1-13). Babar Hayat (15) began with two boundaries but Hong Kong lost Atkinson in the sixth over, with the bowler, Josh Davey (1-22) taking a simple return catch.

By the end of the powerplay, Hong Kong scored 32 for two. Soon after, Hayat also holed out to deep midwicket, leaving Hong Kong in a spot of bother. However, Anshuman Rath (21) and Mark Chapman (40) posted a 49-run stand for the fourth wicket to stage a rescue. The pair scored runs at run-a-ball and gave the team a stage to mount a finish.

In the 15th over, Rath was stumped off the bowling of Matt Machan (2-26) to leave Hong Kong at 82 for four after 15 overs. Tanwir Afzal (0) was run out in the next over whereas Chapman’s vigil at the crease was brought to an end after he holed out to short fine leg. Two sixes from Nizakat Khan (17) took Hong Kong past the three-figure mark. Three overs into the final over, it started raining and the umpires were forced to halt the play. After a nearly 40-minute delay, the play resumed and Hong Kong finished with 127 for seven on the board in 20 overs.

Just when the second half of the game was about to begin, the rain came down one again and stopped the play for almost 45 minutes. The match was reduced to 10 overs with Scotland needing 76 runs for a win. George Munsey (19) gave the perfect start for Scotland with four boundaries in the first two overs. Munsey was dismissed in the third over when he holed out to deep square leg, but Kyle Coetzer (20 not out) struck two boundaries to keep the momentum going.

Hong Kong pulled it back with a tight fourth over, but Matthew Cross (22) hit two sixes and a four in the next two overs to put Scotland at 56 for one after six overs. Despite losing the wicket of Cross, Machan (15 not out) finished the game with a six over midwicket, sealing an eight-wicket win over Hong Kong . This was Scotland’s first win in a global ICC event. Machan was the man of the match for his all-round display.

Scoreboard

HONG KONG :

JJ Atkinson c & b Davey 13

RJ Campbell c Davey b Main 0

Babar Hayat c sub b de Lange 15

MS Chapman c Coetzer b Watt 40

Anshuman st Cross b Machan 21

Tanwir Afzal run out 0

Nizakat c Main b Machan 17

KD Shah not out 7

Aizaz Khan not out 7

EXTRAS: (b 1, lb 4, w 2) 7

TOTAL: (7 wickets; 20 overs) 127

FOW: 1-9, 2-31, 3-33, 4-82, 5-83, 6-98, 7-111

BOWLING: MRJ Watt 4-0-21-1, JH Davey 3-0-22-1, GT Main 1-0-13-1, RML Taylor 2-0-12-0, CD de Lange 4-0-19-1, RD Berrington 2-0-9-0, MW Machan 4-0-26-2

SCOTLAND:

HG Munsey c Campbell b Nadeem 19

KJ Coetzer not out 20

MH Cross c Nizakat b Aizaz Khan 22

MW Machan not out 15

EXTRAS: (b 1, lb 1) 2

TOTAL: (2 wickets; 8 overs) 78

FOW: 1-20, 2-56

BOWLING: RJ Campbell 2-0-14-0, Tanwir Afzal 1-0-12-0, Nadeem Ahmed 2-0-20-1, MS Chapman 2-0-19-0, Aizaz Khan 1-0-11-1

TOSS: Hong Kong

UMPIRES: M Erasmus, IJ Gould

TV UMPIRE: RK Illingworth

MATCH REFEREE: J Srinath

RESERVE UMPIRE: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)