Scotland get first run out against Pune CC
Game 1: Pune CC 209/5, (20ov) Ranjane 77, Davey 2/53, de Lange 1/8, lost to Scotland XI 212/8 (20ov), Munsey 60, Berrington 59, by 2 wickets.
Two T20s in a day was the Scottish diet for their cricketers as they took to the middle as they took on Pune CC in a high-scoring encounter.
Kyle Coetzer took the reigns for the first match as he won the toss and elected to bowl at the Poona Club.
Josh Davey started well with the ball picking up two early wickets, before they were met by some strong resistance from the home side.
Biala struck 39 before an unbeaten half-century from Mundane got the scoreboard ticking over. 77 from Ranjane propelled his side towards 200 until his innings was ended by Richie Berrington.
Con de Lange returned with figures of 1/8 from two overs while Mark Watt and Berrington picked up one wicket each, Pune had set 209/5 from their 20 overs.
It looked a tricky task for the Scots at the break, and things soon looked even tougher when Coetzer (19) and Calum MacLeod (1) fell early in their reply.
The dangerous George Munsey stood firm and delivered emphatically with a 28 ball 60, which included 6 fours and 4 sixes. Richie Berrington also looked in excellent form with the bat and continued to plunder boundaries, striking six maximums on his way to 59.
With the outcome still very much in the balance going into the final stages of the match, Rob Taylor took his side home with 21 from 12 deliveries as Scotland reached their target off the final ball to win by 2 wickets.
After game one Kyle Coetzer said, “I think it was a good tough work out with the opposition playing well and putting us under pressure with the ball. There are definitely elements we can work on, but the batsmen got us through with Berrington and Munsey setting the tone with great knocks to get us over the line.”
Game 2 - Payyada SC 190/8 (20 overs), Panchal 42, Taylor 2/25, Scotland 193/3 (17.2 overs) MacLeod 60, Munsey 40, Berrington 42*, Machan 39* by 7 wickets.
In the second fixture the tourists took on local side Payyada SC and were asked to bowl first after the home side won the toss.
They made a solid start taking the score pass 100 inside the first 8 overs following a handy opening partnership between Shaw (25) and Panchal (47).
Ranjane added 35 to the total before 27 from Hadkar finished the innings, with 190 the final tally to chase.
Rob Taylor was pick of the Scotland bowlers (2/25) while Machan, Leask, Davey, and Con de Lange collected a wicket apiece.
Ali Evans also collected a wicket, but was only able to manage four deliveries after feeling a tight hamstring, as Payyada finished on 190/8 from their 20 overs.
Scotland again looked confident in their chase as openers George Munsey (40) and Calum MacLeod (60) fired in an impressive opening partnership.
When both departed Berrington and Matt Machan picked up where they had left off with some fierce hitting.
Scotland passed the score in the 18th over with Machan 39* from 23 deliveries while Berrington smashed 42 from only 19 deliveries to give their team the second win of the day.
After the game Preston Mommsen said, “Delightd to get the second win and get momentum going in the camp against two strong teams. Carious things to work on with the ball which we’ll address tomorrow.
We showed good character to slow them down and were clinical with the bat.”
Scotland will take on DY Patil on Saturday afternoon 2pm (8:30am GMT).