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Canada beat Scotland in first ODI

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Canada beat Scotland in a high-scoring first ODI of the two-match series at Aberdeen by six wickets thanks to a century by Sandeep Jyoti and an unbeaten inning of 92 by the captain, Ashish Bagai.

Canada chose to field after winning the toss, probably due to the overcast conditions, but that had no effect on the Scottish openers, who added 203 for the first wicket. Fraser Watts was the first to complete his century, but he left soon after, while skipper Gavin Hamilton played a more sedate hand of 119 (152 balls). The last ten overs saw the hosts score 83 runs, and they ended the inning on 286/4 in the fifty overs.

The target was made stiffer by Ashif Mulla’s early loss for a duck, but Rizwan Cheema and Jyoti did well to add 83 runs in double-quick time. Two quick wickets did fall to reduce the tourists to 89/3, but Bagai then joined the century-maker to guide the Canadians to 235 before the loss of Jyoti. 52 runs were needed off 45 deliveries and the Bagai smashed a couple of boundaries to seal the victory.

Canada leads the series 1-0 and the two teams will meet again on Wednesday for the second and final game at the same ground.