Scotland cruise to win over Nepal

  • Last Updated: January 16 2014, 8:03 GMT

Scotland bounced back from their opening World Cup qualifier defeat with a 90-run thrashing of Nepal at the Queenstown Events Centre in New Zealand.

Freddie Coleman: 64 not out
Freddie Coleman: 64 not out

The Saltires suffered a surprise 17-run loss to Hong Kong in their tournament opener earlier this week, but Freddie Coleman's impressive 64 not out helped Scotland to a formidable 249 for seven in their 50 overs after they had lost the toss.

Nepal's chase got off to the worst possible start when opener Sagar Pun was dismissed off the very first ball, and the Asian side struggled to impose their will on any of Scotland's bowlers and they limped to 159 all out.

Pun was caught behind off left-armer Rob Taylor, while Nepal's efforts were further undermined when Iain Wardlaw removed Anil Mandal and Shakti Gauchan early on en route to figures of three for 32.

Nepal captain Gyanendra Malla provided some resistance as he top-scored for his side with 34, as did Sharad Vesawkar (30) and Prithu Baskota (21), but they failed to inject any urgency into the chase and fell well short as a result.

Earlier, an inspired half-century from Coleman put Scotland in the driving seat.

With the exception of captain Kyle Coetzer, who made 14, all of their top-order batsmen made decent starts, but Calum McLeod (46), Matt Machan (37) and Preston Mommsen (35) failed to go on to big scores.

Coleman gave them some impetus in his 67-ball knock with four fours and a six, while Safyaan Sharif's unbeaten 25 from 17 balls proved useful.

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