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Kyle Coetzer's 95 went in vain

Kyle Coetzer's 95 went in vain

Scotland went down to UAE by 7 wickets in the final match of the Dubai leg of the World Cup League 2. Man of the match Basil Hameed and Chirag Suri notched up half centuries as UAE made short work of their target of 221 and cantered home with 37 balls to spare.

Earlier in the day, having been put into bat by UAE captain Ahmed Raza, Scotland made a brisk start and took advantage of the fielding restrictions against UAE's new ball bowlers Junaid Siddique and a non-regular bowler Darius D'Silva. Kyle Coetzer and Matt Cross scored at run a ball to put on 58 runs at the end of the first power play, which was the most by any team in this tri-series. Coetzer, especially played some marvelous shots through the off side off the back foot as well as the front foot. Cross too took a liking to Siddique's extra pace and used his strong leg side play to good effect by caressing a flick and a brute of a pull shot towards midwicket.

The pair put on a giant stand of 138 in 166 balls before captain Raza stepped in to clean up a reverse sweeping Cross in the 28th over. Having realized they have an iron grip over the game, Scotland decided to throw the kitchen sink at it and sent in George Munsey at the fall of the first wicket. The gamble didn't pay off as Siddique returned to send back Munsey almost immediately owing to a cut shot that went straight to point. Palniappan Meiyappan's twin strikes further dented Scotland's charge as the leg spinner dismissed captain Koetzer 5 runs short of his century where Richie Berrington was trapped in slips with an enticing leg spinner.

The ever effervescent Rohan Mustafa castled Scotland batting premier Callum Macleod with a faster one with Scotland suddently tottering at 185 for 5 from 138 for 0. Mustafa and Siddique combined to clean up the Scotland tail as they got bundled out for 220 with 9 balls remaining in the innings.

UAE then got off to a flyer with the 17-year-old Vriitya Aravind once again showing the way with a couple of crisply struck boundaries towards point and midwicket off Stuart Whittingham. Chirag Suri, his senior partner wasn't far behind in the action as he welcomed the Man of the Match from the previous game, Josh Davey by muscling one on the up towards long on and flicking imperiously towards the midwicket boundary off the very next ball. Suri closed out the first power play with two back-to-back lofted drives over mid on off Mark Watt to take UAE to 62 for no loss at the end of 10th over.

Hamza Tahir drew first blood for Scotland in the 11th over having Vriitya caught down the legside. Jonnathan Figgy, another teenaged batsman in the side walked in and played positively to support Suri who looked set to see UAE through. Figgy played well for his 23 but his brief stay was ended by Budge as Figgy was caught at midwicket, trying to clear the longest part of the ground. Suri departed not long after getting to his half-century. With 83 needed in 23 overs, it was up to Basil Hameed and Mohammad Usman to take UAE home. Hameed played well against the left arm spinners, using his feet to smother turn and also was equally adept in using the depth of the crease to cut and pull effectively. With 36 needed of 11 overs, Mohammad Usman clobbered a couple to cow corner off Macleod in the 40th over, it seemed only a matter of time for UAE to scale Scotland's below par total of 220. The pair duly remained unbeaten with Basil Hameed scoring 63* and Mohammad Usman helping UAE's cause with 36*.

Scotland have now lost to USA and UAE on their Dubai trip. Scotland who rely heavily on their batting unit blew hot and cold in this tournament and they would like to rectify some of those chinks in their armor in their offseason which stretches untill march. UAE on the other hand would be buoyant by posting a win against a top associate nation with a fairly young side who are still finding their feet in the cricketing world.

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