SCOT­LAND STUN SRI LANKA

Coet­zer and Cross hit tons in land­mark win

New Straits Times - - Sport -

KYLE Coet­zer and Matthew Cross both scored hun­dreds as Scot­land beat Sri Lanka by seven wick­ets at Beck­en­ham, south­east Eng­land, for a his­toric suc­cess on Sun­day.

The vic­tory was Scot­land’s first over a full mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil — one of the sport’s lead­ing 10 Test na­tions — in any for­mat.

Sun­day’s fix­ture was not a full one-day in­ter­na­tional but noth­ing could take the shine off Scot­land’s day in a fix­ture that forms part of Sri Lanka’s prepa­ra­tions for next month’s Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy ODI tour­na­ment in Eng­land and Wales.

The last time the teams met, Sri Lanka thrashed Scot­land by 148 runs in Hobart dur­ing the 2015 World Cup.

But this time Scot­land held Sri Lanka to 287 in their 50 overs and then saw Coet­zer (118) and Cross (106 not out) lay the plat­form for a suc­cess­ful chase with a su­perb open­ing part­ner­ship of 201.

“It’s been a great day,” Coet­zer told the Cricket Scot­land web­site.

“Firstly the sun was shin­ing and we played a great game of cricket, par­tic­u­larly to re­strict them to less than 300 which was an out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

“It was one of those days, if it goes your way you have just got to keep rid­ing that wave.

“Quite of­ten in the past we would have gone into our shell and not felt that we were up to the task, but out there try­ing to put them on the back-foot most cer­tainly showed we were up for the task.

“I am pleased for the guys out there to get that his­toric win.”

Sri Lanka chose to bat and looked on course for a de­cent to­tal as opener Kusal Per­era made a near run-a-ball 57 while Di­nesh Chandi­mal top-scored with 79 and Chamara Ka­puged­era added 71 in­clud­ing four sixes.

But Scot­land’s Alas­dair Evans and Stu­art Whit­ting­ham checked Sri Lanka’s progress with three wick­ets apiece.

Scot­land then en­joyed an ideal start to their run chase as Coet­zer and Cross set about the Sri Lanka at­tack.

Coet­zer was even­tu­ally out when caught by Sri Lanka cap­tain An­gelo Matthews off This­ara Per­era for 118, which came off 84 balls and in­cluded 15 bound­aries as well as four sixes.

Sri Lanka then col­lected a cou­ple of cheap wick­ets, but Cross made sure there was no sig­nif­i­cant col­lapse with an un­beaten 123-ball in­nings.

Sri Lanka and Scot­land meet again to­day.

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