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ICC Champions Trophy: Sri Lanka suffer shock defeat vs unfancied Scotland

Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross’s brilliance helped Scotland seal their first win over an ICC full member across any format. For Sri Lanka, it surely wasn’t a result they would’ve liked ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: May 23, 2017 11:36 IST
Sidharth Gulati
Sidharth Gulati
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Sri Lankan cricket captain Angelo Mathews (C) takes a selfie with teammates in Colombo on May 17, 2017, ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy tournament in UK. (AFP)

A double-century stand between Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross helped Scotland register a rare win over giants Sri Lanka, in a practice game at Beckenham on Sunday.

The win was Scotland’s first over an ICC full member across any format. For Angelo Mathews’ team, it surely was a setback of sorts with the ICC Champions Trophy a few days away in United Kingdom.

After opting to bat, Sri Lanka’s top-order failed to score big but Dinesh Chandimal and Chamara Kapugedera’s gritty half-centuries propelled them to 287. Alasdair Evans and Stuart Whittingham took three wickets apiece while Chris Sole grabbed two scalps for the Scots.

Scotland had an ideal start to their run-chase as Coetzer and Cross smashed the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. The duo shared a 201-run partnership before Thisara Perera got rid of Coetzer for 118 off just 84 balls.

Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington also fell but Cross and skipper Con de Lange ensured there wasn’t a collapse as they sealed the deal with seven wickets and 43 balls remaining.

Coetzer, who scored 71 per cent of his runs in boundaries, praised the bowlers for keeping Sri Lanka to a total under 300.

“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.”

Both teams clash again on Tuesday before Sri Lanka head to Kennington Oval, London for their ICC Champions Trophy warm-up game against Australia.

Sri Lanka play one more practice game against New Zealand before facing South Africa in their first group game on June 3.

First Published: May 23, 2017 11:31 IST