Dylan Budge is top scorer as Scotland defeat MCC

Scotland bowler Harris Aslam sends down a delivery past  umpire Neil Davidson. Picture: Donald MacLeod
Scotland bowler Harris Aslam sends down a delivery past umpire Neil Davidson. Picture: Donald MacLeod
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RISING Durham star Dylan Budge last night led a Scotland XI to a commanding eight-wicket win over MCC at Titwood.

Set 176 for victory, the Scots suffered an early setback with the loss of Hamish Gardiner.

However, Budge and Michael English embarked on a century stand for the second wicket that put the home side firmly in charge.

Teenager Budge led the way with a composed top score of 70 and, when he was out, Ferguslie’s English took centre stage to finish unbeaten on 64, while first innings centurion Michael Leask added a hard-hitting 32no.

Earlier, the Scots had been stalled by a brilliant 122 from MCC opener Reinhardt Strydom before the left-hander was caught behind off Budge.

In Galle, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli scored centuries as India took control on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

The tourists had dismissed Sri Lanka for 183 on day one before moving to 128 for two in response.

Dhawan, with his fourth Test ton, and Kohli, with his fourth in as many matches since becoming captain, steered their side to 375, and a lead of 192. Sri Lanka had four overs to face before stumps and promptly lost both openers to slump to five for two.

The morning session belonged to India’s third-wicket pairing, who added 99 runs without being parted.

Dhawan was responsible for 57 of those as he completed a 178-ball hundred before the break, his second in as many Test innings. Kohli followed his partner into three figures in the afternoon session, bringing up his 11th career century by driving Tharindu Kaushal through the covers for four.

But the bowler had his revenge five balls later, trapping Kohli lbw on the sweep and ending the stand after 64.3 overs.

Kaushal, having gifted too many cheap runs to date, then removed Ajinkya Rahane for a duck in his next over – the batsman pinned on middle stump.

It took the second new ball to see off Dhawan, who was late on a Nuwan Pradeep delivery and diverted it into his stumps via an inside edge. Ravichandran Ashwin also fell in Pradeep’s new spell, leaving the score 302 for six but Saha teased out handy partnerships worth a total of 64 with tailenders Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma.

He was penultimate man out for 60, with Kaushal finishing with five for 134 by dismissing last man Varun Aaron.

India opened with spin from both ends and it proved a smart decision as Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva fell for ducks to Aswhin and Mishra.