George Munsey guides Scotland to second highest T20I score by an Associate Nation during clash vs Netherlands
In the second match of the tri-nation T20I series, played in Ireland, Scotland met the Netherlands in Dublin on Monday (September 16). The match turned out to be a one-sided affair with a 58-run win for Scotland, but it broke several records in the process.
After inviting Scotland to bat first, Netherlands bowlers were up for a leather hunt as they were taken to the cleaners by skipper Kyle Coetzer (89) and left-handed opener George Munsey (127 not out). The opening pair stitched an impressive 200-run stand and set the platform for the rest of the innings. As a result, Scotland amassed 252 for 3 with Munsey smashing as many as 19 boundaries (104 runs in fours and sixes) in his blistering knock.
Thus, this became the second-highest score by an Associate nation; falling short of the Czech Republic's 278 for 4 versus Turkey (2019). The Czech Republic's score is also the joint-highest along with Afghanistan's 278 for 3 (versus Ireland). But, the subcontinental side are at the top for losing a wicket less than the former.
Further, this also became the sixth-highest score, overall, in the shortest format. Talking about Munsey, he attained the fifth place in terms of most runs in an innings in T20Is and slammed the second-fastest ton as well. His reached his century in 41 balls and fell behind Rohit Sharma, David Miller and Sudesh Wickramasekara (Czech Republic)'s tally. The trio had got to the feat in just 35 deliveries (each).
In pursuit of 253, Netherlands went at around ten per over but fell short by a convincing margin. They managed to play their full quota of overs and finished at 194 for 7. Thus, the match aggregate summed up at 446 runs and attained the seventh spot in highest match aggregates in T20Is. Among the associate nations, the clash produced the maximum number of runs.
The next match of the tri-nation series will be held between hosts Ireland and Scotland on Tuesday (September 17).