Scotland defeat Oman to progress in T20Q
Scotland 173/5 (20 overs), Coetzer 63, Mommsen 32*; Zeeshan Maqsood 3-29 Oman 150/7 (20 overs), Kaleem 59, S Sharif 3-27
Scotland beat Oman by 23 runs in a tense match in Edinburgh to go top of Group B in the ICC World T20 Qualifier after Afghanistan and Canada was rained off in Stirling.
Man of the Match Kyle Coetzer top scored with 63 and captain Preston Mommsen weighed in with an unbeaten 32 from 18 balls as the Scots posted 173-5. Zeeshan Maqsood claimed 3-29 for Oman.
Safyaan Sharif (3-27), who starred with the ball and Alasdair Evans (2-19), restricted Oman to 150-7. Aamir Kaleem scored 59 as his team fell away at the end.
Oman has been the surprise package of the tournament, with upset wins over Afghanistan and the Netherlands.
Gale force winds created havoc at Goldenacre, but the game started on time when Sultan Ahmed won the toss and elected to field. Scotland remained unchanged from the win over Canada.
Coetzer and Callum MacLeod continued their blossoming partnership with an opening stand 60 inside the powerplay, before MacLeod was adjudged LBW for 20 by Mohammad Nadeem, two balls later.
Mathew Cross (20) and Coetzer’s stand of 35 off 20 balls ended when Zeeshan Maqsood bowled the wicketkeeper, but not before the opener had reached another half century off 24 balls.
George Munsey (3) was caught in the deep by Jatinder Singh off Maqsood with the score 101-3 from the first ball of the 12th over.
Maqsood claimed his third wicket when he had Coetzer caught behind. The 31-year-old’s innings included nine fours and a six coming off 38 deliveries.
The skipper joined Richie Berrington, but by now the run rate had slowed with two new batsmen. Having scored 101 runs from 11 overs, a combination of wickets and tight bowling from Maqsood and Mehran Khan.
The all-rounder was caught on the long off boundary for 26 by Kaleem off the bowling of Rajeshkumar Ranpura with the score 150-5.
Mommsen, joined by Rob Taylor (5 not out), tried to accelerate, but Oman restricted to the home team to 72 off last nine overs.
Sharif made a double breakthrough; Maqsood (11) was caught by Con de Lange and Zeeshan Ahmed (7) caught behind as Oman went from 2-24 to 2-41 after the powerplay.
Singh and Kaleem steadied the ship as they put on a 44-run partnership in seven overs. Mommsen rotated his bowlers during the stand, but it was Evans, returning for another spell who struck.
The Carlton man dismissed Singh, caught behind, then had Khan caught first ball for a duck by Josh Davey as the score went from 68-2 to 68-4 in the 11th over.
The run rate was now climbing, Kaleem got to fifty, but De Lange accounted for Amir Ali (12) ending a 40-run partnership with the score 108-5.
Sharif got the big wicket of Kaleem with a yorker, effectively winning the game; Oman needing 35 from the last over. Munsey then caught Rajeshkumar Ranpura for two of Davey and Scotland celebrated.
“I’m happy to get a couple wickets at the top of the innings because that’s my job,” said Sharif.
“I did get a bit of help with the wind, but towards the end it was tough for the bowlers because we has to protect the one [short] boundary and we made sure they didn’t hit it with the wind.
He added: “Everyone knew it was a must win game, the batsman did their job and the bowlers theirs.
“Oman have a couple of dangerous players who can take the game away from us, we stuck to our task, hit our areas and it worked for us.”