Oman defeat Scotland by 14 runs

04 Mar

Oman 161/6 (20 overs) Maqsood 58, Watt 3/36, beat Scotland 147/7 (20 overs) Munsey 48*, Berrington 32, by 14 runs [Scorecard]

Scotland and Oman contested their first official World T20 fixture under the lights at the IS Bingra Stadium in Mohali on Friday.

Oman got off to an excellent start thanks to some heavy hitting from Zeeshan Maqsood and Khawar Ali at the top of the order. 

Ali played second fiddle to Maqsood with 29 runs from 33 deliveries before Calum MacLeod held on to a catch at long-on to dismiss the former.

A sharp bit of work by Berrington accounted for Jartinder Singh after a good throw to wicket-keeper Matthew Cross saw him short of his ground. 

Maqsood continued to plunder runs before Kyle Coetzer took a low catch on the leg-side boundary off Mark Watt for 58 from only 42 balls. 

Watt collected another two wickets as Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington held on to catches. A late rally from Adnan Ilyas, who struck an unbeaten 26, finished the innings with a delicate paddle to the boundary. 

Young spinner Watt collected Scotland’s best bowling figures with 3/36 as Oman concluded on 161/6. 

Scotland’s innings started with Kyle Coetzer finding the boundary from the first delivery of the innings. Things didn’t quite go to plan from a Scottish perspective at the start of the second over as MacLeod had his middle stump removed.

Cross (0) looked to sweep and was struck in-front, before Matt Machan edged behind soon after.

Mommsen (32) and Berrington (30) steadied the innings, with the latter hitting some of the biggest sixes of the day.

The late hitting of George Munsey caught the eye – with his reverse-sweeps proving to be very effective, coupled with some big sixes towards the end. 

The late rally proved to be in vain as the Scots finished 14 runs short of the total. 

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