Scotland defeat Canada at Goldenacre
Canada 135/8 (20 overs) Dhaliwal 34*, Davey 3/36, Evans 2/25, Scotland 139 (14.4 overs) Coetzer 51*, Munsey 33* by 8 wickets. [Scorecard]
Scotland eased to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Canada at Goldenacre. Set 136 runs to win, the Scots cruised home thanks to an unbeaten 51 from Man of the Match Kyle Coetzer and a quick-fire 33 off 12 balls from George Munsey.
Josh Davey was the pick of the bowlers with 3/36. Alasdair Evans 2/25, was excellent as the Scots restricted Canada to 135-8.
An unbeaten 48-run ninth-wicket partnership from Navneet Dhaliwal, top scoring with 34, and Junaid Siddiqui (28 not out) gave Canada a reasonable total to defend. Satsimranjit Dhindsa’s 2/27 the pick of the north Americans’ bowling.
Preston Mommsen won the toss and asked Canada to bat. Scotland made one change to the side that defeated Kenya, with Davey coming back in for Michael Leask.
The decision was vindicated as the Scotland seamers ripped through the opposition on a warm day in Edinburgh.
Evans made the breakthrough in the third over when he had Ruvindu Gunasekera caught by Safyaan Sharif at mid-on for 19.
Davey’s first victim, Hiral Patel was adjudged LBW for seven in the following over.
Safyaan Sharif accounted for Nitish Kumar (14), skying a top-edge to Evans at third-man, who took a difficult catch, looking into the sun.
Skipper Rizwan Cheema was next, caught by Munsey for 14 after being tied down.
Canada went without a boundary from midway in the seventh over until halfway through the 18th as Scotland turned the screw.
Con de Lange, playing as the front-line spinner, got in on the act with a sharp return catch off his own bowling to dismiss Srimantha Wijeratne for seven.
Hamza Tariq was caught behind by Matt Cross for a duck off Evans and Saad Bin Zafar (1) was run out by Munsey.
Dhindsa (3) was the last man out, caught and bowled by Davey, before Dhaliwal and Siddiqui’s defiant stand got Canada to a moderate total.
MacLeod (29) opened with Coetzer for the second game running in an opening stand of 45 from 4.5 overs.
MacLeod’s consecutive sixes off Siddiqui and a crunching drive through the covers off Cecil Pervez, the highlights of his innings until Dhindsa bowled him.
Cross got off the mark with a glorious lofted cover drive. He and Coetzer put on 51 for the second wicket when the wicketkeeper was caught for 21.
The batting reshuffle has worked, the switching of MacLeod and Munsey has stabilised the top order. Consecutive fours brought Coetzer his fifty; the highlight, a six over cover. Then it was the Munsey show.
The Grange batsmen bludgeoned six fours and a six in his innings as the Scots won with 38 balls remaining.
“Personally, it’s always great to get a score and contribute to the team, but most importantly getting the win,” said Coetzer.
“We’ve been batting really well in this tournament and we’ve seen a number good performances from our batsmen and nice to see a solid performance, all round today.
“There we’re a number of guys who played well, George Munsey came in and played exceptionally well, Callum MacLeod and Matt Cross, who all played their roles and help take the pressure off me at the other end.”
Discussing the success of the batting order rejig the 31-year-old added: “It seemed to be working through he tournament. I guess it was maybe a tactical thing and it appears to be working well.
“George has come in at number four and played a few nice knocks and it’s good to see him take to that position well.”