A disciplined bowling performance led Scotland to a comfortable victory over the Netherlands in the T20I Tri-Series at Malahide – thus setting up tomorrow's final match against Ireland as the tournament decider.
Dutch captain Pietar Sielaar won the toss and elected to bat. Despite a rapid opening stand of 30 from 18 balls by Tobias Visee and Max O'Dowd, Netherlands lost 5 wickets for 26 runs from the next four overs and lost all of their momentum.
Debutant Vikram Singh hit 15 from 13 balls, and Bas de Leede made a usefu 30 from 36 balls, but the Scottish bowlers were always on top of the encounter and the Dutch side lost their final wicket from the last ball – all out for 123. Off-spinner Hamza Tahir impressed with T20I career-best figures of 4-30.
In response, Scotland set off very confidently. Although they lost skipper Kyle Coetzer early on for 5, the Scottish batsmen cruised to victory with more than 6 overs to spare. Richie Berrington hit an unbeaten 27 from 19 balls and opener George Munsey hit 27 from 23 balls, including two big sixes, as the Scots cruised home with four wickets in hand.
Scotland beat Netherlands by 6 wickets
Netherlands 123 (20 overs, B de Leede 30; H Tahir 4-30)
Scotland 126-4 (13.2 overs, R Berrington 27*, G Munsey 27)