Hong Kong 206 for 3 (Hayat 79*, Carter 43) beat Scotland 205 (Wallace 53, Cross 44, Nadeem 4-33) by seven wickets
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Hong Kong began their UAE Tri-nations series campaign with a dominant seven-wicket win over Scotland, set up largely through the performances of left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed and their captain Babar Hayat.
Ahmed's 4 for 33, his second-best returns in ODIs, helped ensure Scotland were limited to 205, despite a promising start after being put in to bat. Matthew Cross and Kyle Coetzer shared a 49-run opening partnership in 11 overs but Scotland floundered quickly after that.
Nadeem struck in consecutive overs to dismiss Calum Macleod and Josh Davey to leave Scotland in trouble at 110 for 5. Craig Wallace, coming in at No. 7, led a lower-order rally, sharing in partnerships of 32 and 22 for the seventh and tenth wickets. Wallace, who brought up his fifty with a boundary in the 48th over, was the last batsman to be dismissed, having taken the team score past 200.
The early wicket of Cameron McAuslan would have lifted Scotland's hopes of defending 205, but those were soon dashed by Hayat, who struck an unbeaten 79 off 110 balls. His unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 97 with Waqas Khan sealed victory for Hong Kong in the 45th over.
Scotland's next match will be against UAE on January 24, while Hong Kong will take on the hosts on January 26.