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MacLeod's enterprising century propels Scotland to 325

10 May 2019 CricBuzz

Calum MacLeod composed a quickfire 89-ball 100 and skipper Kyle Coetzer accumulated a useful 79 as Scotland ended up with a substantial 325/7 against Afghanistan in the second ODI in Edinburgh.

Scotland, who won the toss and opted to bat, started on a good note with the duo of Matthew Cross and Coetzer sharing a stand of 76 for the opening wicket. Cross and Coetzer blended singles and twos with the occasional boundary to keep the scorecard ticking over. With Afghanistan searching for a wicket, Gulbadin Naib dismissed Cross.

At that juncture, Coetzer and McLeod joined forces to lay the foundation for the middle order with a partnership of 76. Coetzer, who cracked 12 fours, finally fell to Naib. The ball stopped a bit on the batsman and Coetzer could only spoon a return catch back to Naib. The pair of Richie Berrington and Coetzer strung together another fine stand of 72 in just 47 balls. Berrington gave a glimpse of his hitting prowess by tonking Dawlat Zadran for a four and a six in the 39th over.

Despite losing Berrington, MacLeod continued to add crucial runs and found good support from George Munsey (28 off 13) and Craig Wallace (20 off 14) to ensure Scotland would cross the 300-mark. Incidentally, MacLeod had also compiled a brilliant 146-ball 157* in the World Cup Qualifiers last year.

For Afghanistan, Naib bagged three wickets but ended up giving away 72 runs in 10 overs. With short boundaries and a good track for batting, Afghanistan would back themselves to chase down the target.

Brief scores: Scotland 325/7 in 50 overs (Calum MacLeod 100, Kyle Coetzer 79; Gulbadin Naib 3-72) v Afghanistan

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