T20 World Cup: Scotland cruise to seven-wicket victory over Oman

Brandon McMullen's unbeaten 61 off just 31 balls steered Scotland to victory

By Web Desk
June 09, 2024
Brandon McMullen swings one into the leg side. - ICC

Scotland bolstered their chances of qualifying for the second round of the T20 Cricket World Cup on Sunday after thrashing Oman by seven wickets in Antigua, moving to the top of Group B.

Brandon McMullen's unbeaten 61 off just 31 balls guided Scotland to victory with nearly seven overs to spare, as the Scots finished on 153-3 off 13.1 overs to chase down Oman's total of 150-7.

Scotland's run chase began smoothly, with George Munsey scoring 41 before being caught by Shakeel Ahmed off Mehran Khan, and Michael Jones contributing 16.

McMullen then took control of the game, finishing alongside Matthew Cross, who was 15 not out from an eight-ball innings that included two enormous sixes.

Earlier, Aqib's decision to bat first seemed to have paid off with opener Pratik Athavale scoring 54 off 40 balls to get the innings going, with Naseem Khushi contributing 10 and Aqib Ilyas adding 16.

However, Zeeshan Maqsood fell cheaply for three runs before Khalid Kail was run out 10 runs later, leaving the Omanis wobbling at 71-4 after 8.5 overs.

Ayaan Khan steadied the innings with an unbeaten 41 off 39 deliveries, supported by Mehran Khan, who added 13.

Safyaan Sharif was the only Scottish bowler with multiple wickets, but the seamer's two wickets came at an expensive cost of 40 runs.

Brad Wheal bowled an economical spell of 1-19 off four overs, while spinner Mark Watt's four overs went for 25 runs with one wicket.

Scotland face Australia in their final group game but are brimming with confidence after an impressive start to the tournament.