Scotland v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Edinburgh June 16, 2017

Improved Scotland chase history again

Match facts

June 17, 2017
Start time 10:45 local (09:45 GMT)

Con de Lange and Malcolm Waller, who played huge roles for their respective teams in the first ODI, once again figure to be crucial to their teams' success © Peter Della Penna

Big Picture

The far north of the UK is a place where chilly, damp weather is a common occurrence round the year. Regardless of what Zimbabwe may have read about Edinburgh beforehand, not much would have prepared them for the cold shower they experienced on Thursday in the form of a loss to Scotland in the maiden ODI between the two countries.

Losing a pair of home series to Afghanistan is one thing, with the consensus being that Afghanistan's on-field quality has outstripped their administrative status as an Associate - a view further cemented by Afghanistan drawing the ODI series on their first visit to the West Indies earlier this month. As much as Scotland have improved their on-field product in recent years under coach Grant Bradburn, the bare fact was that they'd never beaten a Full Member in 23 attempts prior to Thursday. But, by the end of the day, Zimbabwe found themselves on the wrong side of history.

Less than two days after that wake-up call, Zimbabwe have a chance to save face and level the series. Scotland are currently third in the WCL Championship, three points behind Netherlands, and if Zimbabwe are swept 2-0 in Edinburgh, the prospect of three one-dayers next week in Amsterdam becomes even more daunting.

Scotland, on the other hand, have a chance to create a double-dose of history. "Securing a maiden ODI win over a Full Member" has been checked off the to-do list. They have the pen in hand waiting to mark off the next item on their summer agenda: "securing a maiden ODI series win over a Full Member."

Form guide

Scotland: WLLWW (last five completed matches, most recent first)

Zimbabwe: LLWWL

In the spotlight

South Africa-born Con de Lange first came to Scotland in 2003 as an overseas pro for Ferguslie CC in Paisley. After marrying a local girl and putting down roots in his adopted homeland, he made his Scotland debut in 2015 and has since become one of their most reliable talents. Named vice-captain in January, he turned in his maiden ODI five-for in the win on Thursday and will look to restrict Zimbabwe once again.

Malcolm Waller's last four scores, playing for Rhinos in Zimbabwe's domestic competition Pro50 Championship, prior to the Scotland tour were 52, 49, 57 and 113. His 92 off 62 balls in the first ODI was his fifth ODI half-century, and he came within inches of making it a match-winning maiden ton before being snuffed out by a controversial catch. Scotland had few answers for containing him in the first match, and he may be a handful once again in the middle order.

Team news

Somerset's Josh Davey has been released from the county for the second ODI, and he won't be making the trip up north just to sit on the bench. Though Chris Sole is the youngest and least experienced of Scotland's medium-pace unit, his opening five-over spell of 1 for 10 was exceptional. But Sole looked rattled by Waller, conceding 0 for 30 in three overs later in the innings. Safyaan Sharif was also expensive, finishing with 1 for 69, making them the most likely candidates to make way for Davey, with Alasdair Evans staying to take the new ball.

Scotland (probable): 1 Kyle Coetzer (capt), 2 Matthew Cross (wk), 3 Calum MacLeod, 4 Richie Berrington, 5 Preston Mommsen, 6 Craig Wallace, 7 Michael Leask, 8 Josh Davey, 9 Con de Lange, 10 Chris Sole/Safyaan Sharif, 11 Alasdair Evans

Chris Mpofu, who was Zimbabwe's leading wicket-taker in the five-match series against Afghanistan, was a surprising omission in the first ODI. Richard Ngarava struggled badly, both with the new ball and at the death, to finish with 1 for 96 - the joint second-worst figures for a Zimbabwe bowler in ODIs. A direct swap for the two is most likely on the bowling front, while Chamu Chibhabha might also get a look in after another ODI failure for Ryan Burl.

Zimbabwe (probable): 1 Hamilton Masakadza, 2 Solomon Mire, 3 Chamu Chibhabha, 4 Craig Ervine, 5 Sean Williams, 6 Sikandar Raza, 7 Malcolm Waller, 8 PJ Moor (wk), 9 Graeme Cremer (capt), 10 Tendai Chatara, 11 Chris Mpofu

Pitch and conditions

Unlike the on-and-off rain on Thursday that resulted in Zimbabwe's chase being reduced to 43 overs, Saturday is forecast to be one of the clearest and hottest days of the late spring and early summer in Edinburgh with a high of 24 degrees centigrade and no rain in the area. Expect another flat, bat-first pitch with a 300-plus target in mind.

Stats and trivia

  • Con de Lange's 5 for 60 was just the sixth five-wicket haul in Scotland's ODI history and the first since Josh Davey's 6 for 28 against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi just before the 2015 World Cup.

  • Scotland's 317 for 6 in the first ODI was the fifth time they scored 300 or more in an ODI innings, and their second-highest total against a Full Member, one short of the 318 for 8 they made in a World Cup loss to Bangladesh.

  • Zimbabwe's overall record against Associates in ODIs is 49-20-1 after the loss to Scotland. But since that lone tie, against Ireland in the 2007 World Cup, it has been much less dominant at 25-17. That includes 11 losses to Afghanistan, three to Ireland and two to Kenya.


"This is what we've been waiting to do for a little while. We've taken a little bit longer than other teams have, but we've now got a strong squad of players and we hope that we could still keep on challenging and maybe play some of the other Test-ranked teams."
Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer on the impact of beating Zimbabwe

"They do play good shots and we knew we were going to be up against it, especially in their home conditions, our first game. But we've got to jump around. We've got to be ready for the next game and make sure that we finish on top."
Zimbabwe batsman Malcolm Waller

Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo's USA correspondent. @PeterDellaPenna

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • cricfan5981216851 on June 17, 2017, 8:25 GMT

    Why is Zim still a full member

  • cricfan7779678493 on June 17, 2017, 7:38 GMT

    best luck to both teams...

  • amit_ on June 17, 2017, 4:18 GMT

    Not just Afghanistan & Ireland, but Scotland & Netherlands should also get more matches against full members

    And with lots of surprise results in last few days, Scotland beating Sri Lanka, Pakistan beating South Africa, Sri Lanka beating India, Bangladesh beating New Zealand, Afghanistan beating West Indies, Namibia beating Scotland and now Scotland beating Zimbabwe, it's time for ICC to go back to the proven 14 team WC format, which was a massive success in 2011 & 2015. With Ireland, Scotland & Netherlands likely to qualify in a 14 team WC and their nearness to England, expect their matches to be sold out for 2019 WC and the cricket standard in all 3 countries to improve

    ICC needs people with vision. Also hoping we have a 14 team ODI league instead of 13 team ODI league. Scotland being the 14th team by virtue of 2nd ranked team in WCLC

  • Flint Marsh Miller on June 17, 2017, 3:55 GMT

    We can try to blame the umpires for that Waller wicket but truth be told Zim did not play good especially our bowling, it was very embarrassing that we could manage only 6 wickets. Only 3 specialist bowlers played last game which is not good because some of these all rounders come to the party some days e.g Williams, Mire and Raza

  • Uncle Chuck Tembo on June 17, 2017, 1:55 GMT

    Neville Madziva and Tendai Chisoro are getting a raw deal from the selectors. As well as Wellington Masakadza, he is virtually forgotten now. Changes have to be made before we go to Sri Lanka.

  • A.Rahman on June 17, 2017, 0:50 GMT

    Scotland will win today. They are equally good as Afghanistan.

  • Thomas Cherian on June 16, 2017, 23:09 GMT

    zimbabwe is a full member every associate know is a easy check off

  • cricfan44810102 on June 16, 2017, 21:48 GMT

    Good luck to Scotland tomorrow give more evidence to the icc of the associated teams strength.

  • seansie78 on June 16, 2017, 20:24 GMT

    The last match left a bad taste in my mouth.

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