Scotland beats UAE to win T20 World Cup ticket

Scotland thrashed United Arab Emirates by 90 runs to earn a place in the ICC World T20 which will be held in Australia in 2020.

Scotland joined Namibia, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and Ireland in the ICC World T20 group.   -  REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

 

Scotland thrashed United Arab Emirates by 90 runs on Wednesday in Dubai to book a place in next year’s T20 World Cup tournament.

Opener George Munsey belted 65 as Scotland made 198 in its innings.

In reply, UAE was all out for 108, with nine balls left. Mark Watt and Safyaan Sharif took three wickets each.

Scotland joined Namibia, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and Ireland, who had already booked their places but are still competing for the winner’s trophy in UAE.

The 14-nation tournament decides which six nations complete the 16-team field for the World Cup in Australia from October 18 to November 15 next year.

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The final spot will be decided between Hong Kong and Oman.

Scotland had struggled in group play and finished only fourth in the seven-team group.

“Not gone our way on this trip but nice to get over the line in the must-win game,” said ‘man of the match’ Munsey.

Host UAE, whose squad had been diminished by the suspension of four players after corruption investigations, narrowly missed an automatic World Cup berth when it finished third in the group on net run rate.

“We turned up when we were pushed into a corner,” said captain Ahmed Raza.

Scotland won the toss, batted first and quickly went on to attack. Skipper Kyle Coetzer hit two fours in the second over. Munsey struck two reverse sweep sixes and a four in the third.

“It’s always nice to score runs for the boys as a collective batting unit I thought we were brilliant,” Munsey said.