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Munsey became only the second Scotsman to hit a T20 century, batting through the innings to finish 127 not out, including five fours and 14 sixes (stock photo)
Munsey became only the second Scotsman to hit a T20 century, batting through the innings to finish 127 not out, including five fours and 14 sixes (stock photo)

By Ian Callender

Ireland are set to give debuts to Harry Tector and David Delany in today's T20 international against Scotland at Malahide (1.30pm) in the second game of the Tri-Series, which got under way a day late yesterday.

Following the abandonment of Ireland's game against Netherlands on Sunday, the Scots started the series in style by posting their highest T20 total and the fifth highest by any team as they enjoyed a 58-run victory.

A record opening partnership of 200 between George Munsey and captain Kyle Coetzer in just 15 overs put the Scots on course to beat Afghanistan's 278-3 against Ireland in Dehradun seven months ago, but they scored just 52 from the last five overs.

Munsey became only the second Scotsman to hit a T20 century, batting through the innings to finish 127 not out, including five fours and 14 sixes. Only Hazratullah Zazai, with 16 against Ireland in Afghanistan's record innings, has hit more in a T20I.

The Dutch are missing four of the squad that will go to Oman for the pentangular tournament, also including Ireland, and the T20 World Cup qualifiers in the UAE next month, and they were exposed by Scotland's openers, who were in control once Munsey took 15 off the first over.

After the six-over powerplay they were 72-0, at halfway it was 116-0, and after Munsey hit Max O'Dowd for 32 in the 13th over they were 185-0.

The partnership was broken when Coetzer, chasing a wide ball, was caught for 89 off 50 balls, with 11 fours and five sixes.

SCORES: Malahide: Scotland 252-3 (G Munsey 127 not out, K Coetzer 89, R Berrington 22; S Snater 3-42) Netherlands 194-7 (P Seelaar 96 not out, S Edwards 37; A Evans 2-19, A Neill 2-33). Scotland won by 58 runs.

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