Scotland secured their place within the Tremendous Six stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualifiers with a powerful efficiency in opposition to Oman.
Centurion Brandon McMullen and Chris Greaves’ five-wicket haul performed essential roles in Scotland’s 76-run victory in Bulawayo on Sunday. Moreover, Eire’s defeat to Sri Lanka ensured that each Oman and Scotland superior to the Tremendous Six. However Scotland can even have the added benefit of carrying two factors from at the moment’s win over Oman to the subsequent stage. Scotland is on the second place of factors desk in Group B with three wins in three matches and a complete of six factors. Oman is on the third place with two wins and two losses in 4 matches. They’ve a complete of 4 factors to their identify.
Scotland’s unbeaten run within the #CWC23 Qualifier continues with a convincing win over Oman _
Within the chase of 321 runs, Oman obtained off to a gradual begin, with Kashyap Prajapati and Jatinder Singh including merely 25 runs within the first 10 overs. The pent-up strain led to Prajapati’s fall within the eleventh over when centurion McMullen cleaned him up for 12. Quickly after, Jatinder (14) additionally fell to Adrian Neil. Skipper Zeeshan Maqsood and Aqib Ilyas then held the innings along with a 32-run stand, earlier than Maqsood went for a slog sweep and was bowled by Michael Leask for eight. One introduced two as Aqib Ilyas was accounted for by Mark Watt within the very subsequent over for 31. Scotland was lowered to 72/4.
A resilient stand for the fifth wicket between Mohammad Nadeem and Ayaan Khan added 30 runs. With Nadeem’s fall within the thirtieth ove for 15, Oman had misplaced half their facet and wanted nearly 11 runs an over to win the sport. An enterprising seventh-wicket partnership of 105 between Naseem Khushi (69 in 53 balls, with seven fours and three sixes) and Shoaib Khan (36 in 42 balls, with two fours and a six) introduced some leisure to the proceedings late within the day with a 105-run stand for the seventh wicket, however by then Scotland’s grasp over the encounter was full. Chris Greaves (5/53) picked his maiden five-for throughout this innings. Scotland might rating solely 244/9 of their 50 overs.
Earlier within the day, Scotland overcame a jittery begin to publish a difficult whole in opposition to Oman. Bilal Khan gave Oman the proper begin when he trapped Christopher McBride lbw off the very third ball of the sport. Scotland discovered the going robust in opposition to a disciplined new-ball effort from the Gulf facet, and will muster merely two runs off their first 4 overs.
Matthew Cross and Brandon McMullen regularly settled in and picked up the scoring price. The duo added 82 runs and McMullen introduced up his half-century, comprising of 4 fours and three sixes, through the stand.
Within the nineteenth over, Jay Odedra lastly introduced a breakthrough for Oman when he obtained Cross (27) to play on a supply. Skipper Richie Berrington then joined palms with McMullen and steadied the innings. With time, Berrington grew snug on the wicket, whereas McMullen continued at a swift tempo. The latter introduced up his maiden ODI century within the thirty second over. The pair added 100 runs off merely 97 balls.
After McMullen’s ton, Scotland batted with additional urgency, including 58 runs in overs 33-38. Berrington introduced up his seventeenth ODI fifty on this interval.
The Scotland captain was lastly run out within the thirty ninth over when attempting to take a run off a misfield for 60 runs in 62 balls with seven fours. A couple of overs later, McMullen (136 in 121 balls with 14 fours and three sixes) additionally fell to Bilal whereas attempting to up the scoring price. A few extra strikes by Bilal pegged the Scottish innings again. However essential contributions from Tomas Waterproof coat (32) and Mark Watt (25) late within the sport helped the European facet cross 300. Bilal was the decide of Oman bowlers and completed at 5/55.
Earlier, Oman received the toss and elected to bowl in opposition to Scotland. Richie Berrington’s males boast a 4-1 successful report in six ODIs throughout League 2 (one no end result).