Scotland have achieved their first victory over a full-member nation in ODI cricket. They have won by 26 runs (DLS) over Zimbabwe in the first ODI of the two-match series at Grange Cricket Club Ground, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh.
Scotland posted 317/6 in 50 overs after electing to bat. Kyle Coetzer was the star with the bat. He scored his fourth ODI hundred in 88 balls. He made 109 runs off 101 deliveries hitting 13 fours and 2 sixes.
The other Scottish top-order batsmen failed to make big contribution. So, the middle-order stood up. Craig Wallace and Michael Leask put on 83-run partnership for the sixth wicket stand. Wallace scored 58 off 54 with 5 fours and 1 six, while Leask remained unbeaten with 38-ball 59 runs hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Sean Williams took two wickets for 48 runs.
In reply, Zimbabwe were struggling to get those runs although Solomon Mire (40) and Hamilton Masakadza (38) added 55 at the top. Williams was stand-out the bat too for his 59-ball 70 runs with 9 fours and a six. Zimbabwe were losing wickets at regular intervals.
As the rain came down, the visitors’ target was down to 299 runs in 43 overs. Malcolm Waller kept his team’s hopes alive with a 76-run ninth-wicket partnership with Tendai Chatara.
Waller smashed 62-ball 92 runs including 10 fours and 5 sixes. But in the 41st over, he got out to Con de Lange, who completed his five-for. Zimbabwe were bowled out for 272 runs in 41.4 overs. Scotland were home with 26-run victory on DLS method.
36-year-old left-arm orthodox spinner de Langa was the pick of the bowlers for his five wickets for 60 runs in eight overs.
In 24 attempts, Scotland have won their first ODI against a full-member nation.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com