World Twenty20 Qualifier: Scotland eye final in Dublin

Scotland will play in the first round of the World Twenty20 in India next year
Scotland will play in the first round of the World Twenty20 in India next year

Head coach Grant Bradburn is urging Scotland to go on and win the Qualifier event after securing a place at next year's World Twenty20.

The Scots topped Pool B with four wins from six matches to book their place in the first round in India.

"Our main goal was to win this tournament and it's so pleasing to go straight to the semi-final," Bradburn told BBC Scotland.

"We've got a few days to recharge and then achieve what we set out to do."

The competition moves on to the knockout phase in Ireland next week, with four other Associate teams joining the two pool winners in India.

Only one point separated first from fifth in Scotland's group, with the hosts prevailing on net run rate.

"Tournament play generally throws up some unusual results," added Bradburn, whose side lost to Netherlands and Afghanistan in Edinburgh.

"We came up against two very good sides and two very good individual performances.

"Everyone of these teams has strong players who we respect and they can take the game away from you on the day."

The Scots were under pressure after those two defeats but closed the group stage with three victories on the trot, knocking Oman off top spot with a 23-run win on Saturday.

Scotland opening batsman Kyle Coetzer
Scotland opening batsman Kyle Coetzer has an average of 34.6 in the Qualifier

Bradburn's men also benefitted from the powerful Afghans having two matches rained off.

"The thing that made me most proud was the way the team kept their positivity," added the New Zealander.

"We wanted to play aggressive cricket, we knew we had a good side and it was a matter of keeping that belief within the camp."

Scotland will be making their third World Twenty20 appearance in 2016 after missing the last three tournaments.

The six Associate teams will meet Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the opening round, with two side progressing to the Super 10 stage.

Bradburn is unlikely to rotate his 15-man squad too much in Ireland, with eight of his players having played in all six games so far.

"We're starting to develop a real respect for your place in the eleven and there is really nice internal competition for places," he explained.

"Every place in every game should be hard earned and it will be the very best eleven taking the field, given the conditions and opposition.

"T2O is a dynamic form of the game and it suits our skills and the guys love playing it.

"We would love nothing more than to win the final in Dublin next Sunday."

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier: Group B
PlayedWonLostTied/NRNRRPts
Scotland6420+1.2058
Netherlands6420+1.1518
Afghanistan6312+0.6908
Oman6321+0.3747
Kenya6321-0.6457
United Arab Emirates6141-1.6883
Canada6051-1.2951

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