By Lee Dolbear
- Scotland defeated by Zimbabwe
- Afghanistan make it two in a row
- Zimbabwe / Afghanistan showdown next for Super 10 status
NAGPUR, INDIA – Scotland slumped to a defeat against Zimbabwe, effectively ending their ICC World Twenty20 hopes before they had even begun.
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Zimbabwe beat Scotland today to put the saltires out of the ICC World Twenty20 after their second defeat. Scotland now have a win ratio in major tournaments of 0 out of 19. Today they let themselves down really after restricting Zimbabwe to 147 off their 20 overs with Sean Williams top scoring (53) from 36 balls.
In reply Scotland were 20 for 4 within 19 deliveries and it looked like it was going to be over pretty soon after but Ritchie Berrington held firm to add 51 runs with skipper Preston Mummsen. In the last over they required 19 to win unfortunately they fell 11 runs short to send them crashing out of the tournament.
They will play a dead rubber on Saturday against Hong Kong who will also be booking tickets home. Hong Kong were fairly comprehensively beaten by Afghanistan in the other group match by 6 wickets.
The much predicted final of this group will see Zimbabwe play Afghanistan prior to the Scotland game, it will be winner takes all because they will join the likes of England and South Africa in Group 1 of the Super 10’s. It looks to be a fair reflection of the group and I’m expecting a thrilling game this weekend with maybe Zimbabwe just sneaking it.
On Friday we have a couple of tantalising games in Dharamsala with Ireland playing Bangladesh and Oman will try to keep the dream alive when they face The Netherlands. After beating the Irish and showing huge spirit, they will sure have confidence in going again.
But unlucky Scotland it was good but it wasn’t good enough.