Scotland 8 balls 282 (Burlington 127, Watt 44*, Lisk 41, Siddiq 3-49) defeated united arab emirates 171 (Wassem 36, Sharif 4-20, Sol 3-37) 111 points
Burlington, coming on for 2 for 11, was at a disadvantage when Scotland were 48 for 4, but he fought hard with the midfielders in the rebuilding process and then shone in a difficult game. He hit 127 off 136 balls in tough situations, hitting nine fours and three sixes. His first century, completed in 13 months, set 283 tough targets for the UAE.
But Burlington made sure he didn’t take a wicket in the difficult times and, along with Michael Leske (41), Chris Greaves (22) and Mark Watt (44*), kept the scoreboard high move. This ensured that Scotland reduced their risk of being eliminated, leaving them free to fight hard in the final ten rounds.
Burlington and Watt did the same, dominating from the 40th onwards. They’ve picked up the pace over the past five games, scoring 63 points in their past 30 games. Their 109-ball partnership for 66 at the eighth wicket took Scotland from 220 goals they had hoped for to an eight-wicket 282-run finish. Scotland haven’t conceded a wicket in their last 10 overs, with just one unselfish second-round attempt. On the last bowl of the innings, the Emirates took the final wicket.
The UAE’s catch-up performance in the first four games was promising and Wasim threatened to repeat his opponent’s approach. The veteran opener lost four partners in 16 overs, but when he was there, there was hope for the Emirates. However, that goal was shattered when he became the fifth player to leave the field – pound-for-pound Watt – for 36 points, leaving the Emirates shaky at 82 for five.
Scotland are now level with Sri Lanka and Oman on four points in Group B and really only need one more win from their last two games to secure progress. For the UAE, their hopes of participating in the ODI World Cup in India have been dashed, and they will now fight for pride in their final game against Ireland.