Scotland qualified for the Super 12 stage of the ICC 2021 T20 World Cup by defeating Oman by eight wickets in the event’s first round at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground on Thursday. Scotland comfortably chased down the mark with eight wickets and three overs to spare after restricting Oman to 122. Thus, Scotland finished the round as the group winners thanks to their victory. Scotland had won both of their previous matches, including an unexpected win over Bangladesh in their first match. Following a six-run victory over Bangladesh, Scotland defeated Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 17 runs in their next match. On the other hand, Oman started well with a 10-wicket win over PNG before losing by 26 runs to Bangladesh in their second match.
After losing the toss, the Scottish bowlers bowled brilliantly to dismiss Oman for 122 runs. The Scots never allowed Oman any chance of getting back into the match. The batsmen from Oman were strangled by Josh Davey (3/25), Safyaan Sharif (2/25), and Michael Leask (2/13), respectively. Scotland’s fielding was also outstanding, with some excellent catches and two successful run-outs.
While chasing 123 Scotland got off to a strong start, with George Munsey, looking in particularly good form.
Kyle Coetzer (41 off 28), Richie Berrington (31 not out of 21), and Matthew Cross (26 not out of 35) led Scotland to victory with relative ease.
What went wrong for Oman?
The only positive for Oman was that their batsmen Ilyas led the way for Oman with 37 runs, while skipper Maqsood also put in a valiant 34.
Davey played a fantastic game for Scotland, taking 3 for 25. He took down Oman’s skipper Maqsood and also went after the tail. Sharif was also brilliant, finishing with bowling figures of 2 for 25. For his outstanding bowling performance, Davey was named the Man of the Match.
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (capt), George Munsey, Matthew Cross (wk), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Michael Leask, Mark Watt, Chris Greaves, Josh Davey, Bradley Wheal, and Safyaan Sharif.
Oman: Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Jatinder Singh, Aqib Ilyas, Kashyap Prajapati, Naseem Khushi, Khawar Ali, Suraj Kumar (w), Mohammad Nadeem, Sandeep Goud, Fayyaz Butt, and Bilal Khan.
Scotland has topped their group and qualified for the Super 12 with three victories from three games. Scotland is in Group 2 of the main draw now, alongside Afghanistan, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Namibia.