Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Bowlers, Coetzer power Scotland to Super 12s. Scotland made it three wins in three to top Group B
Scotland made it three wins in three to top Group B
In a nutshell
“If we've to win three in three to top the group, so be it,” said Kyle Coetzer at the toss, and then walked the talk as his 28-ball 41 set up Scotland's momentous eight-wicket victory over Oman and secured their passage to the Super 12s.
With qualification on the line, Oman captain Oman Zeeshan Maqsood opted to bat first, overlooking concerns of dew to give his batsmen the freedom to make a big score but Scotland struck regularly to deny the hosts. Josh Davey (3 for 25), Safyaan Sharif (2 for 25) and Michael Leask (2 for 13) made constant incisions to keep Oman in check, before eventually bowling them out for 122 in the final over.
Oman's worst possible start
Their leading run-getter Jatinder Singh had to angrily walk back on the second ball of the innings after his opening partner Aqib Ilyas was ball watching and failed to respond to a call for a single, running him out for a duck. Safyaan Sharif, who walked into Scotland's XI at the expense of Alasdair Evans, sent Kashyap Prajapati in his first over as Oman lost two of their top three inside the PowerPlay. Ilyas tried to make up for his earlier miscommunication with Jatinder by plotting an innings-reviving stand with Mohammad Nadeem but…
…Scotland kept breaking through
The Ilyas-Nadeem partnership could only push on till about the halfway stage when Coetzer introduced his off-break bowler Michael Leask, who had Ilyas hit one straight to George Munsey at long off. Ilyas walked back for 37 off 35.
By the 15th over mark, Oman had lost half their side as none of the middle-order batsmen could keep their captain company in a bid for a late resurrection.
Zeeshan Maqsood makes hay
In the 14th over, Maqsood appeared to have tamely hit a high full toss to the deep square leg fielder but the umpires turned to their TV colleague to adjudge the legality of the full toss. Third umpire Kumar Dharmasena called it a no-ball, even if Scotland skipper appeared to be in disagreement and fuming with the decision. Maqsood lived to die another day, and added 20 more runs in his bid to give his team a good finish. He could've added a lot more than he did, if not for a neat take from Callum MacLeod at long off in the final over off Davey.
Coetzer sets Scotland up
Though George Munsey was dismissed in the fifth over, Scotland flew off the blocks in chase courtesy their skipper, who rounded off the first six overs with a big six off his opposite number, taking the team to 45 for 1. Fayyaz Butt bore the brunt of Coetzer's murderous intentions on the night too as he smashed a short ball for a six over midwicket and then picked one full ball to hit it over extra cover for a one-bounce four. By the time Khawar Ali got one to fox Coetzer and dismiss him, he'd smashed 41 off 28 and kept Scotland well ahead of their asking rate at 75 for 2 in 10 overs.
Richie Berrington finishes off
That big wicket was as far as Oman would get on the night as Richie Berrington and Matthew Cross completed the task that Coetzer so perfectly began. There were three nervy overs after Coetzer's exit which fetched just 11 runs but Berrington shattered the shackles in Ali's 15-run over with two sixes. Following that, the result became a mere formality – which Berrington secured with another six – over deep midwicket off Mohammad Nadeem in the 17th over.
Played 3, won 3. What does it mean for Scotland?
Scotland's third win on the bounce takes them ahead of Bangladesh to top of Group B, slotting them into Group 2 in the Super 12s – with India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and the second qualifier from Group A. Scotland will kick-start their Super 12s campaign on October 25, against Afghanistan in Sharjah.
Brief Scores: Oman 122 in 20 overs (Aqib Ilyas 37, Zeeshan Maqsood 35; Josh Davey 3-25) lost to Scotland 123/2 in 17 overs (Kyle Coetzer 41, Richie Berrington 31*; Fayyaz Butt 1-26) by 8 wickets