Scotland won the 1st match of the tournament ©  Desert_T20 (Twitter)
Scotland won the 1st match of the tournament © Desert_T20 (Twitter)

We witnessed a run fest in the opener of the Desert T20 Challenge 2017, as Hong Kong fell short by 24 runs in pursuit of a mammoth 190. After electing to bat, Scotland batsmen went all guns blazing and took the Hong Kong bowlers to the cleaners. Openers George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer added 61 for the first wicket, laying a strong foundation for the middle order. However, the onslaught began when Calum MacLeod took centre stage and continued what the openers had started. He scored 60 off 34, inclusive of 4 fours and 3 sixes.

MacLeod was then accompanied by Richie Berrington. The staggering duo added 127 for the third wicket. Berrington stayed unbeaten on 60 off 39, scoring 2 fours and as many sixes. In reply, Hong Kong stuttered to 33 for 2, with Aizaz Khan dismissed run out without facing a ball. Though Nizakat Khan tried his best to up the ante, all he could manage was a run-a-ball 22. To make matters worse, Scotland bowlers gave away only 59 off 10 overs, taking 4 wickets. Hong Kong then needed 131 off 60, with required run rate over 13. They had no option but to fire on all cylinders.

Wicketkeeper batsman Shahid Wasif took the bull by its horn and scored a boundary every over. Ehsan, at the other end, used the long handle to blasting effect to scale down to inch closer to the target. However, they could add only 106 off the last 10 overs, eventually losing the match.

Brief scores:

Scotland 189 for 3 (Calum MacLeod 60, Richie Berrington 60*; Ehsan Khan 4 for 26) beat Holland 165 for 6 (Shahid Wasif 40, Ehsan Khan 42*; Mark Watt 1 for 20) by 24 runs