Spinners, Munsey shine as Scotland crush UAE
Scotland 110 for 1 ( Munsey 62*, Coetzer 39) beat UAE 109 (Naveed 19*, Leask 3-20, Watt 3-28) by nine wickets
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Offspinner Michael Leask and left-arm spinner Mark Watt claimed three wickets apiece, as Scotland opened the World T20 Qualifier with a resounding nine-wicket win over Scotland in Edinburgh. The spinners rolled over UAE for 109 inside 19 overs, before George Munsey's boundary-laden 62 off 36 balls helped the co-hosts ace the chase with ten overs to spare.
After being inserted on a tacky wicket, UAE had a quick start, reaching 21 in two overs. Faizan Asif, who was reprieved on 12 by Josh Davey at mid-on, added five more before Alasdair Evans struck. Davey would then drop Shaiman Anwar in the seventh over, palming it over the deep-midwicket boundary but redeemed himself three balls later, having Shaiman caught at deep cover off Leask.
The dismissal of Shaiman sparked a collapse; UAE lost six wickets in as many overs before folding for 109. Leask and Watt dismantled the middle and lower order with combined figures of 8-0-48-6. Besides the top three, only Umair Ali and No.10 Mohammad Naveed managed to move into double-digit scores.
The stage was later ceded to Munsey and Kyle Coetzer, who began the small chase with a gallery of boundaries as Scotland shaved 76 runs off the target in six overs. Coetzer, who had been drafted into the squad following batsman Freddie Coleman's withdrawal due to personal circumstances, laid down the marker for the chase, taking five fours off Manujula Guruge's second over. Munsey soon took charge and reeled off six fours and a six in the next two overs. He raised his fifty off 29 balls and stayed there till the end alongside Callum McLeod even as Coetzer was bowled for 39. MacLeod put the seal on the chase with a muscled pull and a carve through backward point. With the exception of Naveed, all the UAE bowlers were left nursing economy rates of over 11 an over.
Eventually, UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir was left ruing his side's reckless strokeplay, calling for more responsibility. "This was a 150-plus wicket and we need to be more responsible, especially in the batting department. We had a bad day and we need to move on," Tauqir said.