Braidwood Cup Series 2nd T20

Coetzer walloped five boundaries and six sixes during his knock of 70

Coetzer walloped five boundaries and six sixes during his knock of 70

Kyle Coetzer ensured Scotland ended their tour of Hong Kong on a high as he led his side to a 37-run win in the second Twenty20 International at Mission Road.

Coetzer smashed a sparkling 70 and was well supported by Bradley Wheal and Richie Berrington, who took three wickets apiece.

Hong Kong captain Tanwir Afzal would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first initially as Haseeb Amjad trapped opening batsman George Munsey lbw for a duck off the third ball of the match.

However, Coetzer and wicketkeeper Matthew Cross made up for the early loss of Munsey with a 71-run partnership before Cross was dismissed by Nadeem Ahmed for 27.

Matt Machan was the next to go for just six runs before Coetzer was on his way back to the pavilion after having scored a career-best 70 off 40 balls, which included five boundaries and six sixes.

Despite a late flurry of wickets after Coetzer’s dismissal, Scotland finished on 161/9 off their 20 overs.

Amjad and Ahmed picked up three wickets apiece, while Afzal, Aizaz Khan and Anshuman Rath chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 162 to win, Hong Kong found themselves in all sorts of trouble as they were reduced to 33/6 in the ninth over.

With Hong Kong struggling to stay above the surface and in danger of recording one of the lowest Twenty20 International scores in history, Afzal spared his side that embarrassment by hammering a career-best 56 off 22 deliveries, which included one boundary and seven sixes.

Afzal scored a valiant 56

Afzal scored a valiant 56

Despite Afzal’s valiant effort, Hong Kong ended up falling well short of their target as they were bowled out for 124.

Wheal and Berrington took three wickets apiece, while Safyaan Sharif and Mark Watt claimed two wickets each.

Coetzer was named Man of the Match.