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Kyle Coetzer fifty, spirited bowling performance helps Scotland win a thriller against PNG

Kyle Coetzer fifty, spirited bowling performance helps Scotland win a thriller against PNG

Papua New Guinea (PNG) train got off track as they stumbled against a familiar face in the World Cup qualifiers - Scotland - who managed to squeeze past PNG in the last over, winning by a mere four runs in an exhilarating contest. 

Mark Watt's two crucial strikes in the 13th over swung the momentum in Scotland's favour as PNG was catching up thereafter in pursuit of a modest total of 147. 

Watt was pretty sharp in his comeback spell as he delivered a maiden in the sixth over that gave Scotland a sniff which was enough for the bowling attack to get through the middle order.

Hamza Tahir used his cunning drifting methods to struck two match-turning blows of Riley Hekuru and Sese Bau and returned with the figures of 3/24 that took the wind out of PNG sails - who seemed to run out of luck today.

PNG were never totally out of the game as the top three got into double figures and then lost their way in the middle until Norman Vanua took guard and brought the equation down to a manageable level. He was striking at 183 before holing out to long-on in the last over. 

In the last few nerve-jangling overs, there was a stage when PNG required 26 off last 12 balls. It came down to nine off last six and that was when Josh Davey rose to the occasion and kept things quiet when it mattered the most. 

Scotland, batting first, were hauled to a decent start courtesy of a quick fifty from Kyle Coetzer, which comprised three fours and two sixes. 

However, Coetzer kept losing his teammates from the other end. Richard Berrington knitted 22 runs almost at run a ball and the strong finish from Mattew Cross, who smashed 40 off 23 balls, helped Scotland get to a fighting total.

PNG would rue poor shot selection as Lega Siaka, Assad Vala and Tony Ura got off to solid starts but couldn't capitalize on it and failed to get their team over the line - which would have been otherwise their third win on the trot, but it wasn't meant to be as Scotland held their nerve in the big moments.