Scotland see world Twenty20 hopes shattered by Zimbabwe defeat

Scotland's Calum MacLeod on Tuesday's game against Afghanistan. Picture: Getty
Scotland's Calum MacLeod on Tuesday's game against Afghanistan. Picture: Getty
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SCOTLAND crashed out of the ICC World Twenty20 after an 11-run defeat against Zimbabwe in Nagpur.

Having lost their opening match in Group B to Afghanistan, the Scots needed a first-ever victory in the World Twenty20 - after winless stints in 2007 and 2009 - to remain in the competition.

Set a target of 148, though, Scotland’s top order collapsed and they were eliminated with one game to spare in front of a sparse crowd at the VCA Stadium.

Fans without tickets were turned away according to Cricinfo and asked to go to the old ground, 20km away, as there are no ticketing facilities available at the new 45,000 capacity stadium.

Those who did make it in saw Zimbabwe opener Hamilton Masakadza crash his way to 12 but a collision of a different kind led to his dismissal in the third over.

Fellow opener Vusi Sibanda set off for a single and, with both batsmen ball-watching, they bumped helmets and Masakadza was run out.

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Sibanda needed medical attention after the incident and was clearly affected as he clipped Alasdair Evans to deep square leg where Matt Machan was waiting in the next over.

Michael Leask then caught Richmond Mutumbami - at the second attempt - and Sikandar Raza was bowled by Evans to leave Zimbabwe toiling on 67 for four after 10 overs.

Sean Williams, though, fired an impressive 53 from 36 balls to steady the innings before being caught by Evans from the bowling of Safyaan Sharif.

Elton Chigumbura also offered some resistance but was caught for 20, with Sharif claiming his second victim from the final ball of the innings as Zimbabwe were restricted to 147 for seven.

Any hopes Scotland had of a first win in a limited-overs tournament, however, were extinguished when they lost George Munsey, Matthew Cross, Machan and Kyle Coetzer within the first 19 balls.

Cross was dismissed for a duck as Tendai Chatara and Wellington Masakadza (four for 28) shared two wickets apiece to leave Scotland reeling on 20 for four.

Leask was the next to go for just nine before Richie Berrington (36) and captain Preston Mommsen (31) rallied to put on a sixth-wicket stand of 51.

And despite Josh Davey’s quick-fire knock of 24 from 13 balls, Scotland came up short and they now face Hong Kong on Saturday looking to end their limited-overs hoodoo, but with hopes of going any further already over.

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