Adding a glorious feather to its hat, Scotland beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets at Beckenham, southeast England, for a historic success.
Both Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross scored hundreds to contribute to this triumph. The significance of the victory can be assumed by the fact that it was Scotland’s first over a full member of the International Cricket Council ,one of the sport’s leading 10 Test nations, in any format.
During the 2015 World Cup in Hobart, Sri Lanka thrashed Scotland by 148 runs. This time Scotland retaliate strongly by holding Sri Lanka to 287 in their 50 overs and then saw Coetzer (118) and Cross (106 not out) lay the platform for a successful chase with a superb opening partnership of 201.
Coetzer told the Cricket Scotland website, “It’s been a great day. 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,” he added.
He further said, “I am pleased for the guys out there to get that historic win.”
In the thrilling battle, Sri Lanka chose to bat and looked on course for a decent runs. The empire of Sri Lanka was collapsed easily by the Scotland with an ideal start to their run chase as Coetzer and Cross set about the Sri Lanka attack.