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Cricket Highlights, June 9: WC 2024 (Match 20) – Oman vs Scotland

Cricket Highlights, June 9 WC 2024 (Match 20) – Oman vs Scotland

Oman vs Scotland (Match 20) – Highlights


In this article, we will discuss the thrilling encounter between Scotland and Oman in Antigua, which has significant implications for Group B in the tournament. Scotland’s impressive run-chase, led by standout performances from George Munsey and Brandon McMullen, not only showcased their batting prowess but also placed their progression in the tournament firmly within their grasp.


Are Scotland poised to send England packing once more? The final shake-down in Group B will provide the answer, but if England thought their elimination from last year’s 50-over World Cup was the height of humiliation, they may need to brace for even greater discomfort closer to home.


Oman’s decision to bat first on a fresh pitch and island was surprising, but Berrington welcomed the chance to chase. Thanks to a diligent 54 from 40 balls by Pratik Athavale and a late push from Ayaan (41 not out from 39), Oman posted a potentially competitive 150 for 7, their highest in the tournament.


Athavale, having made a first-ball duck against Australia previously, anchored an innings that progressed steadily if not spectacularly, maintaining an energetic approach that kept Scotland on their toes. Munsey’s dropped catch over the ropes at long-on allowed Athavale to reach his fifty from 38 balls, highlighting Scotland’s occasional lapses.


A huge leading-edge from Naseem Khushi, sailing over the boundary with three fielders in pursuit, hinted at the scoring potential with the wind. However, Khushi’s subsequent misguided shot led to his dismissal by Mark Watt, a key player for Scotland, who was back to his best after a lackluster performance against Namibia.


Watt’s unorthodox 24-yard delivery tactic in the powerplay confounded Oman, particularly Khalid Kail, who twice pulled out of his stance before being run out by Watt. The rest of Scotland’s bowlers, including Safyaan Sharif on his 200th appearance, shared the wickets diligently, keeping Oman in check.


Reaching 50 for 1 in the powerplay, Scotland were anything but sluggish, with Michael Jones’s 16 from 13 featuring the first two sixes. From there, Oman had no answer to Scotland’s free-flowing batting, with the final 103 runs chased down in just 43 balls as Scotland’s lineup kept delivering powerful hits, confident in their depth.


Munsey fell one over after his pivotal strikes, but not before adding another sweep onto the grass in a 16-run over, which included five leg-side wides, underscoring Oman’s desperation. Oman’s sloppy fielding, including a critical drop by Rafiullah at deep midwicket off McMullen, compounded their woes, but Scotland’s relentless attack meant it likely wouldn’t have changed the outcome.


Scotland’s captain, Richie Berrington, embodied this aggressive approach, hitting Aqib for a six and a four before being bowled by consecutive googlies for 13 from 7. Matt Cross then joined the increasingly dominant McMullen, smashing consecutive sixes over square leg as Ayaan Khan’s only over was taken for 20.


This is the outcome of Scotland’s rousing run-chase against Oman in Antigua, sparked by a fiery 41 off 20 balls from George Munsey. Brandon McMullen then sealed the deal with a commanding 61 from 31 balls, hitting the winning boundary through square leg off Bilal Khan with 41 balls to spare, a roar of triumph echoing around the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.


Scotland’s second victory, coupled with a crucial wash-out against England, has placed their progression firmly in their own hands. Even a narrow loss to Australia could suffice, provided England fail to achieve a near four-point swing in net run-rate in their upcoming matches against Oman and Namibia.


Oman’s three consecutive losses not only ended their own hopes but also restricted England’s ability to control their progression as expected from defending world champions. In the final analysis, Scotland outclassed Oman with 11 sixes to four, including two consecutive blows in the seventh over by Munsey that extinguished any hope of a tense finish.


Oman vs Scotland Scoreboard


Oman – 150/7 (20.0)

Scotland – 153/3 (13.1)

Result – Scotland won by 7 wickets (with 41 balls remaining)

Player of the match – Brandon McMullen


Cricket Highlights, June 9: WC 2024 (Match 20) – Oman vs Scotland Brandon McMullen

Oman vs Scotland Playing XIs



Pratik Athavale, Naseem Khushi, Aqib Ilyas (c), Zeeshan Maqsood, Khalid Kail, Ayaan Khan, Mehran Khan, Rafiullah, Shakeel Ahmed, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan


George Munsey, Michael Jones, Brandon McMullen, Richie Berrington (c), Matthew Cross, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Chris Sole, Brad Wheal, Safyaan Sharif


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