Latest Match Report – Scotland vs Oman Round of 16, Group B 2023

Scotland 320 (McMullan 136, Berrington 60, Bilal 5-55) lost Oman 244 for 9 (Khushi 69, Shoaib 36, Greaves 5-53) 76 runs

Brandon McMullan’s name sounds similar to Brendan McCullum. On Sunday morning, in a baseball tryout in Bulawayo, McMullan played much like McCullum, at one stage scoring 136 off 121 off 21 balls. That took Scotland to 320 in 50 overs. Only 47 runs were scored in the first 13 overs. In reply, Oman also took their time: scoring 16 runs in the first five overs, but their run rate again crossed three by the end of 19 overs. In the end they were bowled out for 76 runs.

The win confirmed Scotland’s progress to the Super Six, and Oman also qualified despite Sri Lanka’s defeat after defeating Ireland earlier in the day. However, they do not carry any points to the next stage and only points against fellow teams qualifying from the same group count.

Scotland’s new bowlers Chris Soule, Adrian Neill and McMullan were at the start as they bowled tight, Test-match-like lines and lengths that never let Oman off the hook. But Oman’s batsmen never really tried to attack until then.

But McMullen and his captain Richie Berrington had much to do. They added 138 from 122 balls for the third wicket, during which Oman’s hopes of controlling Scotland to a manageable total evaporated despite calm. When Berrington fell for 60 in the 39th over, the score was already 220.

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The partnership was dominated by McMullan, who scored his maiden ODI century off 92 balls. Be it swinging to the leg side or pumping boundaries down the ground – he scored runs throughout. A funky, Suryakumar Yadav-inspired scoop to short fine leg over four in this innings sent McMullan off balance and falling on his back.

Scotland lost their last seven wickets for a quick 77, four of which went to Bilal Khan, who eventually took 5 for 55. But in return, Oman’s batsmen didn’t really back up his efforts. It was only when Naseem Khushi and Shoaib Khan put together a 105-run seventh-wicket stand that the Oman batting seemed to do the talking. They provided some late entertainment in an 83-ball union, with Khushi scoring a half-century. He scored 69 off 53 balls, thus delaying the inevitable.

For Scotland, apart from going into the Super Sixes, there was another positive in the form of a five-wicket haul from legspinner Chris Greaves, who took the last five Oman wickets.

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