what a way to finish! Scotland finally win a game at an ICC global event. 17 years after their first attempt. This one was nicely tossed up, he made room and then brought out the slog sweep, swung with the spin and deposited into the second tier as the dugout erupts in joy
For the moment though, it's goodbye from all of us here at the commentary desk. Hoping we don't have weather interruptions in Dharamsala on Super Sunday. See you then. Cheers!
Could feel the pain in Mommsen's voice when he said they don't have too many fixtures coming up. Hopefully those in charge take note and have teams who tour England stop over in Scotland for a series of three or five games.
Preston Mommsen: The boys are chuffed. Hopefully this will free us up, we have to keep qualifying for these kind of tournaments. We're pretty quiet from here on in, summer coming up but not many games unfortunately. We want to play more cricket. Hopefully our performances here has shown what we are capable of. It's momentous, a few cold ones will be opened tonight, hopefully it will be a good one.
Tanwir Afzal: Disappointed with the result. We showed we can do much better than this, but we will take a lot of positives, regroup and work hard on our weakness. We have an I-Cup game against Ireland coming up, that will be a good game.
Matt Machan is the Player of the Match for his two wickets. "Great day for Scottish cricket, we've got the monkey off our back. Everyone is happy. We should have won two or three games at the World Cup last year. We didn't play the best cricket this week, but happy to have won today. We wanted to restrict them to 120 odd, then had wickets in hand and got over the line."
For a while, the Scotland dressing would've held their breaths thinking we wouldn't have a contest because of the rain. But just as we approached the cut-off time, the rain cleared and the groundstaff got the game ready for a 10-over shootout.
Nabhaan: "Congratulations Scotland on your first win in an ICC event. I'm surprised it took you so long, considering how formidable a unit you are, but you got there in the end."
11:15pm Disappointment for Hong Kong, elation for Scotland. Boy, this has taken a while, hasn't it? Preston Mommsen is delighted, the coach Grant Bradburn runs up to him to give a high five. 21 attempts later, Scotland finally have something to show for at a world event. Meanwhile, this is Hong Kong's seventh consecutive loss in T20Is.
tossed up on middle, driven to long on
sensible cricket, chips it into the gap at sweeper cover, didn't get to the pitch but went through with the stroke
hit on the pad as he prods half forward to a delivery that skids back into middle and leg, umpire Gould indicates it would have missed leg
tapped to point
slow turn from middle, worked across the line towards deep midwicket, was played with soft hands, excellent running to get back for the second
stands tall and punches it to mid-off for a quick single, bowler is angry because he thinks it shouldn't have been a single
played wide of mid-off, quick single taken
mistimes a pull, man at fine leg runs around and hurls a wayward throw at the bowler's end, mid-off wasn't backing up and had to escort the ball towards the boundary, they ran four. Poor cricket this
short, and whack! He's not going to hang around. Almost like a cross-court forehand. Too short, picked the length early and swatted it over mid-on
gets on top of the bounce and helps it down to fine leg
the man at deep midwicket takes a dolly. This one was short, he shaped to pull but the ball hurried onto him and got the top of the bat, Nizakat didn't have to move. Good hand by Cross
Drizzling again, but we've got the five overs that is enough to constitute a game. Here's Aizaz Khan
Ribhav Bansal: "Not a good game to remember for Ryan Campbell which is probably his last international game. A 4 ball duck and a monstrous six being hit off the last delivery he bowled."
on the shorter side again, pulled towards deep midwicket
what muscle! Tremendous power he generates off the bottom hand. This one was in the slot for him to go through with the lofted hit, cleared the sightscreen
in the slot and boom! Too short, enough time to pick his spot. Rocked back and played the pull to good effect, just wide of the man in the deep. Long boundary that side, but he placed it well
slow turn from middle, worked across the line to deep midwicket, good decision by Cross to not attempt the second run
tapped to cover
sliding into middle and leg, worked into the gap between deep midwicket and wide long-on, excellent running
Harsha: "Problem with Mahesh's suggestion is it goes against one basic rule of cricket "Every player will have equal chance to (technically) bat, bowl and field". Reduction of wickets will deny the other batsman that right"
this time, he makes clean connection. Sails over deep midwicket. Would have been six on any ground in the world. This time, he waited for the ball to land, got to the pitch of it and swung with the spin
another swing and miss. Looked to go over cow corner, this one skid across the batsman from round the stumps, anxiety perhaps?
|Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur|
|Toss||Hong Kong, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 532|
|Hours of play (local time)||19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.40|
|Match days||12 March 2016 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Scotland 2, Hong Kong 0|
An 800-km train journey to watch two special wins
Mommsen calls for rethink over World Cup qualifying path, venues
Playing with pride, not for pride
|KJ Coetzer||not out||20||19|
|MW Machan||not out||15||4|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 1)|
|Total||78(2 wkts; 8 ovs)|