The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - SPORT -

Chad Soper im­pressed with bat and ball as Pa­pua New Guinea took con­trol of the ICC In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Cup cricket match against Scot­land at Amini Park.

The bowler added a cru­cial 60 with the bat be­fore strik­ing twice in the Scot­land re­ply to leave them 177 for four at the close, still 227 runs be­hind.

Soper, who was un­beaten overnight, put on 93 for the eighth wicket with Nor­man Vanua (64) be­fore he was caught be­hind off Chris Sole, while Damien Ravu (32) helped PNG reach 404 with some cru­cial lower-order runs.

Scot­land made a con­fi­dent start through skip­per Kyle Coet­zer and Ge­orge Mun­sey but lost the key wicket of their cap­tain with the score on 64.

Soper fol­lowed that up by hav­ing Mun­sey caught be­hind af­ter bring­ing up his half­cen­tury be­fore Mahuru Dai had Calum MacLeod trapped in front for 49 to make it 146 for three.

Matthew Cross fell cheaply just be­fore the close of play to give Ja­son Gille­spie’s side con­trol, with Soper and Dai claim­ing two wick­ets apiece and leav­ing Scot­land in need of a strong start to­day.

Ran­gana Herath made his­tory as the first left-arm spin­ner to reach 400 Test wick­ets as Sri Lanka bowled Pak­istan out for 114 to pull off a re­mark­able 21run win in Abu Dhabi.

Sri Lanka’s hopes of in­flict­ing a first ever de­feat on the hosts at the Sheikh Zayed Sta­dium ap­peared slim af­ter they were bowled out for 138 and could there­fore set Pak­istan only 136 to win.

But vet­eran Herath (six for 43) and his fel­low fin­ger spin­ner Dil­ruwan Per­era (three for 46) had other ideas.

Sri Lanka re­sumed on 69 for four on the fi­nal morn­ing and dou­bled that to­tal for the loss of their last six wick­ets as leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah (five for 51) did most dam­age.

Niroshan Dick­wella re­mained de­fi­ant, how­ever, and when Pak­istan’s bats­men then hit al­most im­me­di­ate trou­ble it be­came clear the Sri Lanka wick­et­keeper’s un­beaten 40 could well be sig­nif­i­cant. So it proved as Herath fin­ished the match with his 400th wicket when num­ber 11 Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas was last out lbw, and it will be Sri Lanka who start the sec­ond and fi­nal Test with a 1-0 lead in Dubai on Fri­day.

South Africa made short work of Bangladesh early on the fi­nal day of the first cricket Test to com­plete a 333run vic­tory in Potchef­stroom yes­ter­day.

Faf du Plessis’ men were with­out in­jured seamer Morne Morkel but ran through the tourists none­the­less as left-arm spin­ner Ke­shav Ma­haraj (four for 25) and fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (three for 33) did the dam­age in a to­tal of 90 all out.

Bangladesh re­sumed on 49 for three in no­tional pur­suit of 424 but were able to sum­mon pre­cious lit­tle re­sis­tance.

“Soper, who was un­beaten overnight, put on 93 for the eighth wicket”

ON STRIKE: Kyle Coet­zer in ac­tion for Scot­land

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