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ICC World T20 2016 qualifiers: Scotland beat Hong Kong to register their first victory in an ICC tournament.

Updated: 12 March 2016 23:32 IST - Published: 12 March 2016 17:47 IST
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We can only hope, and we are optimistic. It is a goodbye from us for the moment. See you tomorrow for another do-or-die clash between Bangladesh and Oman in Dharamshala. Hopefully, the rains stay away. Cheers!
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The only message filtering out from the press conference is that lack of matches for the associate nations. Hopefully, the ICC moves forward and does these teams justice.
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Tanwir Afzal: "Very disappointed. We know we can do much better. We will be back and work on our weaknesses, and learn from Scotland. We have a game against Ireland, and we look forward to it..."
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Preston Mommsen: "It's huge. Been a long time coming. Boys are absolutely chuffed. Hopefully this win will open the floodgates..."
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The rain threatened to snatch this opportunity from Scotland, but once the weather cleared and the target was revised, Scotland stamped their authority all over the chase.
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So at the end of proceedings in Group B, Afghanistan top the table and go through. Scotland can take heart from this victory.
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Matt Machan is the player of the match and he deserved it. "Very happy. First win in a World Cup. Was late but who cares. The boys are very very happy".
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The Batsmen are jubilant, the dugout is ecstatic and this win was coming. After the heartfelt speech by Mommsen this win has come at just the right time. Scottish cricket can really kick on from here. ICC are you hearing?
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The dry spell is finally over and the rain did help them. But take nothing away from them, after 20 matches they can finally celebrate a win in an ICC tournament.
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7.6 Nadeem to Machan, 6 runs, that should be it. Machan slog sweeps it for a six and the jinx has been broken.
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7.5 Nadeem to Coetzer, 1 run to long on.
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7.4 Nadeem to Coetzer, 2 runs, on the backfoot and plays it to long off for a couple.
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7.3 Nadeem to Coetzer, no run, hit on the pads.
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7.2 Nadeem to Coetzer, no run, some turn here, Coetzer plays it carefully on the off side.
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7.1 Nadeem to Coetzer, 2 runs, taps to square leg and runs across for a couple.
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9 runs of the final 3 overs.
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6.6 Aizaz to Coetzer, 1 run, runs with the shot to mid off and races across for a single.
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6.5 Aizaz to Machan, 1 run, played to mid off
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6.4 Aizaz to Machan, 4 runs, down the track, underedges it. Overthrow results. Sloppy from Hong Kong.
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6.3 Aizaz to Machan, 4 runs, wow, this is some statement from Machan. Swatted wide of mid-on.
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6.2 Aizaz to Coetzer, 1 run, hit to fine leg.
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Matt Machan makes his way to the centre.
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6.1 Aizaz to Cross, OUT, the move works first ball, Cross tries to hit another maximum, perishes in the deep as Nizakat gulps the catch. A twist then?
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Aizaz Khan into the attack. Wickets needed.
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Some innings this from Cross. Surely Scotland cannot let it slip from here.
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5.6 Chapman to Cross, 1 run, Cross retains strike with a single down to long on.
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5.5 Chapman to Cross, 6 runs, that should seal it then, Too full this time, Cross gets under this and blasts it over long off for a massive hit.
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5.4 Chapman to Cross, 4 runs, big heave and the ball evades the man who was in and bounces once before crossing the boundary. Cross easing the nerves.
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5.3 Chapman to Coetzer, 1 run, kept low and played it to deep square leg.
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5.2 Chapman to Coetzer, no run, on off stump and pats it to short cover.
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5.1 Chapman to Coetzer, 2 runs, on the pads and played to long on for a brace.
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So Cross finally makes up for all the dot balls. Scotland seem to be on course.
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4.6 Campbell to Cross, 6 runs, this time he connects and deposits it way over deep square leg.
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4.5 Campbell to Cross, no run, another slog, another dot. Pressure mounting.
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4.4 Campbell to Cross, no run, tries to hoick it way over cow corner, misses completely.
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4.3 Campbell to Coetzer, 1 bye down the leg side.
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4.2 Campbell to Coetzer, no run, misses the drive.
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4.1 Campbell to Cross, 1 leg bye, Cross tries the reverse, hit on the pads.
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The outfield seems to be wet and hence the ball is also not dry.
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3.6 Chapman to Coetzer, no run, not too short and yet Coetzer shapes up for a pull, hit on the pad, muted appeal by the bowler.
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3.5 Chapman to Cross, 1 run, misfield at covers allows a single.
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3.4 Chapman to Coetzer, 1 run, full ball and Coetzer blocks it down to long on for a run.
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3.3 Chapman to Cross, 1 run, short again, this time Cross plays it to deep square leg for a single.
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3.2 Chapman to Cross, 2 runs, short again and Cross pulls it into the leg side and cross over for a couple.
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3.1 Chapman to Cross, no run, hint of turn as Cross dabs it to point.
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Mark Chapman into the attack. The powerplays are done and dusted.
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Scotland have started really well. Hong Kong have either been too full or too short. Tought for them.
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2.6 Nadeem to Coetzer, no run, another short ball, Coetzer tries to pull again, no timing this time and the ball falls just short of man at mid-on.
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2.5 Nadeem to Coetzer, 4 runs, short ball now and pulled for another boundary.
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2.4 Nadeem to Coetzer, 4 run, good shot, placed it very well over the bowler, all timing there as the ball reaches the boundary near the sight screen.
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