Scotland want middle-overs improvement against Zimbabwe


Scotland will be looking for improvement in the middle overs as they go in search of a first win of the World Twenty20 against Group B rivals Zimbabwe in Nagpur on Thursday.

Despite a strong start in their first match against Afghanistan, with opening pair George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer putting together an 84-run stand, Scotland could only move from 69 runs to 120 between the seventh and 15th overs, eventually falling to a 14-run defeat.

Captain Preston Mommsen admitted the lack of progression during the middle period played a big role in the loss and is something they will try to address next time out.

"We will need to address the middle period where their spinners bowled pretty well at us, which tied us down and was effectively where we lost the game," he said.

Scotland are yet to win a match in World T20 competition, but Zimbabwe will be looking to make it back-to-back triumphs at the start of their campaign.

Vusi Sibanda (59) was key to their 14-run victory over Hong Kong in their opening encounter, which was their third successive triumph in T20 matches in Asia.

Zimbabwe will hope to keep that momentum going as they head into their final match, a potential decider for a Super 10 spot, against Afghanistan.

However, the African nation will be eager for all-round improvement after three run outs, two dropped catches and a number of fielding errors against Hong Kong.