Singapore stuns Scotland in T20 World Cup qualifiers

After beating Zimbabwe last month, Singapore stunned Scotland by two runs in its opening T20 World Cup Qualifier game in Dubai today.

File photo: The Singapore Cricket Team successfully defended 168 against Scotland in Dubai on Friday.   -  Singapore Cricket Association

It was a thrilling start to T20 World Cup Qualifiers as Singapore stunned Scotland by two runs on Friday in Dubai.

Batting first, Singapore put up 168/6 and Scotland needed eight runs off the final over with four wickets in hand. But it lost three wickets in fours balls to remain stranded at 166/9.

This defeat has dented Scotland's bid to qualify for next year's T20 World Cup in Australia. The T20 World Cup Qualifier comprises of 14 teams and the top six will only make it to the main tournament.

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Then the six qualifying teams will play against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the first round, with the top four joining the rest of the teams in the Super 12s stage.

Incidentally, Singapore had created history by beating Zimbabwe by four runs in a T20I tri-series (also featuring Nepal) game last month, thereby claiming its first-ever win over an ICC full-member nation. And adding to that, today's triumph will definitely add more credibility to the small cricketing country from Asia.

George Munsey's 25-ball 46 gave Scotland a fluent start and it reached 70/0 inside eight overs. Scotland had the match in control but fumbled under pressure when Calum Macleod fell on the third ball of the 20th over, Safyaan Sharif was out on the penultimate ball and Alasdair Evans being run out off the final ball.

For Singapore, Surendran Chandramohan top-scored with a 55-ball 51, while Scotland's Sharif and Josh Davey picked two wickets each.