T20 World Cup 2021, OMAN vs SCO (Qualifier 10): Scotland seals Super 12s berth with emphatic 8-wicket win
Scotland has sealed its Super 12s berth in the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup emphatically, defeating Oman by eight wickets in Qualifier 10 of Group B in Muscat on Thursday.
It was an impressive win for Scotland, getting the better of Oman by eight wickets in Qualifier 10 of Group B during the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1) in Muscat on Thursday. With this, Scotland has sealed its place in the Super 12s, while it stays unbeaten in the tournament so far. Oman, on the other hand, has been knocked out.
Winning the toss, Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood opted to bat, as he made a couple of changes, bringing in Khawar Ali and Suraj Kumar for Kaleemullah and Ayaan Khan. In contrast, Scottish captain Kyle Coetzer made a change in the form of Safyaan for Evans. Oman was off to a nervous start, losing Jatinder Singh (0) and Kashyap Prajapati (3) within the third over of the Powerplay, with just 13 runs on the board.
However, a 38-run stand between fellow opener Aqib Ilyas (37) and Mohammad Nadeem (25) before the former departed to spinner Michael Leask in the tenth. Notwithstanding, it was followed by another effective 28-run partnership between Nadeem and Maqsood (34). The former was removed in the 13th over by Mark Watt, at 79, followed by Sandeep Goud (5) in the 15th, 14 runs after.
The incoming batters could hardly add much thereon and were dismissed for single figures, while Maqsood was dismissed by pacer Josh Davey in the final over, as Oman finished at a below-par total of 122. Scotland used six bowlers, while Davey claimed a three-for, as Leask was the most economical of all.
In reply, Scotland lost George Munsey (20) early, in the fifth over of the PP, to Fayyaz Butt, with 33 runs on the board. However, Coetzer (41) and Matthew Cross (26*) contributed to a valuable 42-run stand for the second wicket, which effectively put the Scottish on top. In the tenth over, Khawar Ali got rid of Coetzer.
However, it was too late, as Cross and Richie Berrington (31) saw the chase off, with Scotland securing an eight-wicket win within the 17th over, thus absolutely sealing its Super 12s berth. Oman put six bowlers into the attack as well. But, with a low score to defend, hardly any bowler could make an impact, except Butt and Ali, while Bilal Khan was their most economical bowler.
Brief scores: Oman 122 (Ilyas- 37, Maqsood- 34; Davey- 3/25) lost to Scotland 123/2 in 17 overs (Coetzer- 41, Berrington- 31*; Butt- 1/26) by eight wickets.
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