Team Preview-Scotland



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Shuddha Samin Kibria
Similar to UAE, Scotland is one of the complete underdogs in this tournament, but unlike UAE, they have more than a few players with county experience in their squad. This might prove to be a valuable asset for them, especially since one of their group games will be against their neighbors England.
Scotland were the champions of the World Cup Qualifier tournament held in New Zealand last year defeating UAE in the final by 41 runs. Despite winning 7 matches consecutively in that qualifying tournament, Scotland has yet to register a victory in cricket’s premier event, the World Cup.
They will surely be keen on ending this winless drought this tournament and that opportunity may provide itself during their group game against Afghanistan on 26 February at Dunedin. The fact that they gave Afghanistan a 150 run thrashing in the Dubai Triangular in January will surely help their confidence. Other than that Scotland will be looking to cause an upset either against Bangladesh or England. The Tigers cannot take Scotland lightly as they have already registered a T20 defeat against this very team a little over two and a half years ago.
The fact that Scotland have played an acclimatization tour in New Zealand in last year means that they are familiar with conditions there. However, Scotland are unlikely to pose a reasonable threat to either of the co-hosts or to Sri Lanka.
Previous appearances
Scotland has played two World cup tournaments before in 1999 and 2007. Among the 8 matches they played, they came closest to a victory against their group game against Bangladesh in 1999 were they had Bangladesh at 26 for 5 at one point before the Tigers eventually went on to score 185 and win that match by 25 runs owing to Minhajul Abedin’s 68. Scotland are yet to post a single win in World Cups.
Star Player
Preston Mommsen
Preston Mommsen, Scotland’s captain provides the power in the middle order. He was the Man of the Series in the World Cup Qualifier last year and scored an unbeaten century in the final to lead them to victory.
World Cup Preparation
In their acclimatization tour of New Zealand last year, they lost to a New Zealand XI by one run in an unofficial ODI.
Scotland also played in the Dubai Triangular in January 2015. They lost their first two matches but came back in the third to beat Afghanistan by 150 runs. Afghanistan were bowled out for 63 in that match. Their last game against Ireland was rained off, but had they won that match they would have taken the series owing to a superior net run rate.

 

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