A gutsy rearguard action for the second time in the match gave former champion Scotland an upper hand over Canada after two days of the non-stop entertainment in the opening match of the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2009-10 at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen on Friday.
Scotland, in its second innings, was bowled out just before the close of play on the second day at 199 with wicketkeeper Simon Smith unable to bat after dislocating his shoulder while playing football as warm-up just before the start of the second day?s proceedings. He will take no further part in the match and his participation in the ODIs against Canada on 7 and 8 July in Aberdeen is also doubtful.
Earlier, Canada resumed its first innings at 108-7 in reply to Scotland?s 185, and was dismissed for 142 to concede a 43-run first innings. Canada will start its second innings on Saturday, requiring 243 runs for victory with two complete days at its disposal.
After Calum MacLeod (4-66) and debutant Jan Stander (3-43) took just under an hour to wrap-up Canada?s first innings, Scotland?s top order faltered for the second time in the match when the home team slumped to 4-32 which soon became 7-99 with first inning?s destroyer-in-chief Khurram Chohan (3-50) and Rizwan Cheema (3-39) causing maximum damage.
At this stage, Stander and captain Gordon Drummond got together in an another rescue act and repaired the damage by adding 69 priceless runs for the eighth wicket. The partnership ended when Drummond, who had featured in a 83-run ninth wicket stand with Smith in the first innings, was dismissed after contributing 34 that included five fours.
Stander, however, continued to fight on until he was the ninth batsman out after scoring a valuable 64 that came off 128 balls and included four fours and two sixes.
With 29 wickets falling for 526 runs in the first two days of play and conditions still helpful for the bowlers, the odds are heavily in favour of Scotland to add 13 more match win points to the already seven points which it has pocketed for claiming the first-innings lead.
Scores in brief:
Scotland 185 (Gordon Drummond 52, Ryan Watson 37, Simon Smith 29 not out, Fraser Watts 21; Khurram Chohan 6-37, Kenry Osinde 2-63) and 199 (Jan Stander 64, Gordon Drummond 34; Rizwan Cheema 3-39, Khurram Chohan 3-50, Shaheed Keshvani 2-20)
Canada 142 (Rizwan Cheema 24, Khurram Chohan 23 not out; Calum MacLeod 4-66, Jan Stander 3-43, Drummond 2-22)