Oman VS Scotland, T20 World Cup 2024 Match 20 – FULL SCORECARD, COMMENTARY, SQUAD

Scotland beat Oman by 7 wickets
02
nd Innings Scotland
Right then, that is it from this one-sided affair where Scotland knocks Oman out of the World Cup and goes top of their group for now. Next up is a tasty clash between South Africa and Bangladesh on 10th June, Monday. That game will start at 8 pm IST (2.30 pm GMT), but as you know, you can join us early for all the build-up to the match. Until then, cheers and goodbye!
Richie Berrington, the victorious skipper of Scotland says he’s very pleased, it is an important win. Adds the bowlers did well to bring it back, the spinners too did well. Mentions they tried bowling the right lines and lengths and they defended the small side quite well. Ends by saying the openers got them into a strong position which freed up the middle order up.
Aqib Ilyas, the captain of Oman says that it was a good toss to win but they could not utilise in the death overs. Adds that they played a lot of dot balls in the middle overs and you just cannot do that in a T20 game. Tells that they could have scored 170-175 and thing could have been different. Credits Scotland for their batting and using the shorter side which they could not. Mentions that, this was also a good total to defend but when you are dropping that many chances, the batters will punish you and that was the case here. Says that they still want to take all the positives into the next game and this is cricket, you lose some, you win some.
Brandon McMullen is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his amazing knock. He says he feels awesome, he wanted to use the breeze to their advantage and it worked for them. Adds the main priority was to win the game but during the break they decided to go for the net run rate.
Presentation Time…
Nothing much to talk about the Oman bowling effort here. Their pacers did well initially but the spinners could not make much impact. The wind blowing to the shorter side did not help that as well and their catching also let them down as they dropped quite a few chances. Aqib Ilyas, Mehran Khan, and Bilal Khan picked up one wicket each but that was never going to be enough. Earlier, they managed to post a fighting total on the board courtesy of a gritty fifty from Pratik Athavale and a good knock from Ayaan Khan. However, their bowlers were just not upto the task and Scotland picked up a comfortable win here.
Scotland got off the blocks quickly with both the openers playing a few lusty blows. Michael Jones got out early but George Munsey took the Oman bowlers to the cleaners. When he was attacking, Brandon McMullen held the other end and supported well. Once, his partner got out, McMullen also went to overdrive and took the oppurtunity to improve the NRR. He smashed a brilliant half-century while Matthew Cross also flexed his muscles towards the end. Fittingly, it was Brandon McMullen who hit the winning runs and stayed unbeaten to take his side home.
Scotland moves inches closer to the Super 8's now! A comprehensive win for them and they have chased this down with almost seven overs to spare. This not only put them in a strong position of making it to the next round but also put a lot of pressure on England. Oman have lost all three of their games but they gave a good account of themselves in this World Cup and will take a lot of lessons from it.
13.1
4
Bilal Khan to Brandon McMullen, FOUR! Finishes it off in style! This is short and on the body. Brandon pulls it behind square on the leg side and this races away to the fence. SCOTLAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
12.6
Ayaan Khan to Matthew Cross, Outside off. Cross looks to cut but misses.
12.5
6
Ayaan Khan to Matthew Cross, SIX! Three in the over and now just the two needed! On the pads. Cross walks in and plays the slog sweep. Over the square leg fence for another biggie.
12.4
6
Ayaan Khan to Matthew Cross, SIX MORE! The slog sweep yet again and it is nailed yet again. It goes well over the mid-wicket fence.
12.3
1
Ayaan Khan to Brandon McMullen, On off. This is pushed down to long off for one.
12.2
6
Ayaan Khan to Brandon McMullen, SIX! That is out of here! With the wind! Angled into the pads. This is swept over the square leg fence for a biggie. Top shot.
12.1
1
Ayaan Khan to Matthew Cross, Slower and around off. This is guided towards point for one.
11.6
Aqib Ilyas to Brandon McMullen, Dot! Outside off. This is cut but to point.
11.5
4
Aqib Ilyas to Brandon McMullen, FOUR MORE! Just the 22 needed! Outside off. This is lifted over cover and this one goes to the fence too.
11.4
4
Aqib Ilyas to Brandon McMullen, FOUR! That is hit so hard! Fuller and on off. This is thumped towards the bowler. It goes between his legs and down to the long off fence.
11.3
Aqib Ilyas to Brandon McMullen, Outside off. This is punched to cover.
11.2
2
Aqib Ilyas to Brandon McMullen, A low full toss, this is hit down to long on. Two taken.
11.1
1
Aqib Ilyas to Matthew Cross, Around off. Cross guides it through point for one.
10.6
Zeeshan Maqsood to Brandon McMullen, Around off. This is punched to cover.
10.5
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Matthew Cross, On off. The sweep comes out. It is played towards square leg for one.
10.4
Zeeshan Maqsood to Matthew Cross, Around off. This is guided to point.
10.3
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Brandon McMullen, Shorter and outside off. Brandon hits it down to long off for one.
10.2
2
Zeeshan Maqsood to Brandon McMullen, DROPPED AND TWO! That sums up Oman's day! On middle and the slog sweep comes out. It goes towards deep mid-wicket. The fielder runs to his left  and looks to grab it but spills it. Two taken.
10.1
4
Zeeshan Maqsood to Brandon McMullen, FOUR! They want to end it in a hurry. Fuller and outside off. This is lifted over cover. The fielder runs to his right and looks to push it back in but fails to do so.
Drinks! Scotland are well and truly on top here and it is about how fast they can finish this to improve there NRR. Brandon McMullen is set and will look to take on the bowlers here while Matthew Cross is very new at the crease. Oman needs a few wickets in quick succession to get back in this game. Also, Zeeshan Maqsood to bowl after the break.
9.6
Aqib Ilyas to Matthew Cross, Looped up, full and on middle, Matthew Cross blocks it out.
Matthew Cross comes out to the middle now.
9.5
W
Aqib Ilyas to Richie Berrington, OUT! BOWLED'EM! Aqib Ilyas dishes out a brilliant googly, full and on middle, turns in sharply, Richie Berrington looks to play at it but does so down the wrong line, the ball goes through the gap between bat and ball to rattle the stumps. Scotland three down but are well in control of the game!
9.4
Aqib Ilyas to Richie Berrington, Quicker, short and outside off, Richie Berrington tries to cut but misses.
9.3
6
Aqib Ilyas to Richie Berrington, SIX! Richie Berrington flexes his muscles now! Fligthed and around middle, Richie Berrington dances down the track, gets to the pitch of it and smokes it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
9.2
Aqib Ilyas to Richie Berrington, Floated, full and on middle, turns away, Richie Berrington blocks it out.
9.1
4
Aqib Ilyas to Richie Berrington, FOUR! Scotland are looking in a hurry here! Tossed up, full and on off, Richie Berrington goes inside out and lofts it beautifully over extra covers for a boundary.
8.6
6
Zeeshan Maqsood to Brandon McMullen, SIX! BOOM! Flighted, full and on off, Brandon McMullen gets low, fetces for it and tonks it over the long off fence for a biggie. 100 up for Oman!
8.5
Zeeshan Maqsood to Brandon McMullen, Slows it up, full and on off, Brandon McMullen taps it to point.
8.4
3
Zeeshan Maqsood to Richie Berrington, Goes short again and outside off, Richie Berrington cuts it away through point, the fielder chases it down but the Scotland are quick enough run three here. Excellent!
8.3
1
Zeeshan Maqsood to Brandon McMullen, Tossed up, full and on off, Brandon McMullen steers it to short third man for a single.
8.2
Zeeshan Maqsood to Brandon McMullen, Floated, short and on middle, Brandon McMullen knocks it back to the bowler.
8.1
4
Zeeshan Maqsood to Brandon McMullen, FOUR! Nice shot! Tossed up, full and on off, Brandon McMullen goes down and sweeps it away nicely through mid-wicket for a boundary.
7.6
Mehran Khan to Richie Berrington, Pitched up, on middle, Richie Berrington knocks it to mid on.
Richie Berrington comes out to the middle now.
7.5
W
Mehran Khan to George Munsey, OUT! TAKEN! Mehran Khan has the last laugh here! This is exactly what Oman needed here. He goes full again and around off, slower too, George Munsey once again goes for the big slog across the line, but this time gets a top edge behind short third man, Shakeel Ahmad backtracks and takes a good catch here. Munsey goes back after a fiery knock here!
7.4
6
Mehran Khan to George Munsey, SIX! George Munsey is playing a blinder here! Mehran Khan pitches it up, on middle, angling in, George Munsey goes down, picks it up nicely and whacks it over the deep square leg fence for a biggie.
7.3
Mehran Khan to George Munsey, Short of a length and on off, George Munsey dabs it down to point.
7.3
5
Mehran Khan to George Munsey, FIVE WIDES! Nothing is going in the way of Oman here! Goes full again but way down the leg side, George Munsey misses his swipe, the keeper also has no chance of stopping that as the ball rolls to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
7.2
4
Mehran Khan to George Munsey, FOUR! Fine shot! Fuller and around off, George Munsey goes down across and lifts it sweetly over the bowler's head for a boundary.
7.1
1
Mehran Khan to Brandon McMullen, Short and around off, Brandon McMullen punches it to long off for a run.
6.6
6
Aqib Ilyas to George Munsey, SIX! Another one! 20 runs off the over! Aqib Ilyas flights it up again, full and on middle, George Munsey goes for the reverse sweep once again and times it over the deep point fence for another biggie.
6.5
6
Aqib Ilyas to George Munsey, SIX! BANG! That is an insane shot! Tossed up, full and on middle, George Munsey changes his stance completely, nails his switch-hit over the deep point fence for a biggie.
6.4
1
Aqib Ilyas to Brandon McMullen, Flighted, full and on middle, Brandon McMullen drills it to long on for one.
6.3
2
Aqib Ilyas to Brandon McMullen, Flatter, short again, on leg, Brandon McMullen flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
6.2
4
Aqib Ilyas to Brandon McMullen, FOUR! Lovely shot! Drags his length back again, on off, Brandon McMullen moves back, gets on top if and crunches it wide of sweeper covers for a boundary.
6.1
1
Aqib Ilyas to George Munsey, Aqib Ilyas starts with a short delivery, on off, George Munsey punches it through extra covers for a single.
5.6
Kaleemullah to Brandon McMullen, Pitched up, on leg, Brandon McMullen misses his glance as the ball goes off his pads to the left of the keeper. Scotland are 50/1 at the end of the Powerplay!
5.5
4
Kaleemullah to Brandon McMullen, FOUR! TWO IN TWO! Kaleemullah pulls his length back a bit, on off, Brandon McMullen skips down the track, gets under it and slices it over extra covers for another boundary.
5.4
4
Kaleemullah to Brandon McMullen, FOUR! Salt to the wounds! This is full again and on off, Brandon McMullen strides out and bit and lofts it nicely over mid off for a boundary.
5.3
Kaleemullah to Brandon McMullen, DROPPED! A tough chance through! Touch fuller and on off, Brandon McMullen drives it a bit uppishly wide of short covers, Zeeshan Maqsood flies to his right, gets both hands on it but spills it out. Brandon McMullen gets a life here!
5.2
Kaleemullah to Brandon McMullen, A huge shout for LBW, but turned down! Hard length and on middle, Brandon McMullen uses his feet to play at it but misses and gets hit high on the pads. Oman opts against the review.
5.1
1
Kaleemullah to George Munsey, Back of a length and on middle, George Munsey heaves it towards deep square leg for a single.
4.6
1
Shakeel Ahmad to George Munsey, Around off. This is pushed through covers for one. Expensive over.
4.5
4
Shakeel Ahmad to George Munsey, FOUR! Drilled down the ground! Fuller and on middle. Munsey makes room and slams it back past the bowler and down to the long on fence.
4.4
2
Shakeel Ahmad to George Munsey, Almost! This is fired full and on off. Munsey looks to play the reverse sweep but misses. The keeper makes a half stop. Two taken.
4.3
1
Shakeel Ahmad to Brandon McMullen, On off. This is pushed through covers for one.
4.2
4
Shakeel Ahmad to Brandon McMullen, FOUR! Nicely played! Finds the gap well. Around off. Brandon leans into it and strokes it through covers. This races away to the fence.
4.1
Shakeel Ahmad to Brandon McMullen, Flatter and on off. This is pushed to cover.
3.6
1
Kaleemullah to Brandon McMullen, A single to end the over! On the pads. This is worked through square leg for one.
3.5
Kaleemullah to Brandon McMullen, Good length again and on off. Brandon McMullen looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
3.4
1
Kaleemullah to George Munsey, Shorter and on middle. This is pulled towards deep mid-wicket. Not off the middle. It lands well short. One taken.
3.3
6
Kaleemullah to George Munsey, SIX! Over the fence. That is lucky. Very lucky. Outside off. Munsey walks across and looks to heave it but it goes off the top edge down to the third man fence. It goes over the fence.
3.2
Kaleemullah to George Munsey, Fullish and on off. Munsey drives but to covers. Two dots in a row now.
3.1
Kaleemullah to George Munsey, Back of a length and on off. This is pushed to cover.
Brandon McMullen walks out to bat at number 3. Also, Kaleemullah replaces Shakeel Ahmad.
2.6
W
Bilal Khan to Michael Jones, OUT! TAKEN! That is a really good catch. Big wicket as Jones was looking dangerous. It is Bilal who strikes. A slower one on middle. He drags the length back as he sees Jones come down the track. He looks to hit it though the line but is through the shot early. It goes up in the air. Mehran Khan at mid on goes back and takes it well.
2.5
Bilal Khan to Michael Jones, Back to bowling a slower one and around off. Jones steps out and swings but misses.
2.4
4
Bilal Khan to Michael Jones, FOUR! Off the outside edge! This is full and outside off. Jones goes after it, this flies off the outside edge, over short third man and down to the third man fence.
2.3
Bilal Khan to Michael Jones, A slower one around off. This holds in the surface. Jones pushes it to covers.
2.2
1
Bilal Khan to George Munsey, Around off. This is guided past point for one.
2.1
2
Bilal Khan to George Munsey, Fuller and on middle. This is worked through square leg. Two taken.
1.6
6
Shakeel Ahmad to Michael Jones, SIX! Hammered! Makes room. This is full and on off. Jones slams it down the ground and over the long off fence. Two biggies in the over. Not the kind Oman needed after the one Bilal bowled.
1.5
Shakeel Ahmad to Michael Jones, On off. Jones pushes it to cover.
1.4
6
Shakeel Ahmad to Michael Jones, SIX! That is a lovely shot! Just played it with the angle. It is angled into him. He lifts it over the long on fence for a biggie.
1.3
Shakeel Ahmad to Michael Jones, Flatter and on off. This is pushed to cover.
1.2
1
Shakeel Ahmad to George Munsey, Around off. Munsey guided it to point and takes one.
1.1
Shakeel Ahmad to George Munsey, Fuller and on middle. This is worked to mid-wicket.
Shakeel Ahmad to share the attack now.
0.6
Bilal Khan to Michael Jones, That is a fine first over. Just the one run from it. Shortish and outside off. This stays a touch low. Jones looks to cut but chops it to covers.
0.5
Bilal Khan to Michael Jones, Good change of pace! A slower one on off. Jones pushes it to covers.
0.4
Bilal Khan to Michael Jones, Fuller again and this tails back in. Not a lot of bounce. This is driven to mid on.
0.3
Bilal Khan to Michael Jones, On middle. A little bit of shape into the batter. Jones pushes it to covers.
0.2
Bilal Khan to Michael Jones, Beaten! Length and around off. It comes in a touch but then lands and holds its line. Jones is beaten as he looks to defend.
0.1
1
Bilal Khan to George Munsey, That is lovely timing! Just the one though. Around off. Munsey guides it past point and gets to the other end.
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st Innings Oman
We are back for the chase! The players are making their way out to the middle now. George Munsey and Michael Jones are the two openers for Scotland. Bilal Khan to start proceedings with the ball. Here we go…
… THE RUN CHASE …
Scotland will be pleased with how they pulled things back after going for a few in the Powerplay. Their spinners were good and so was Brad Wheal. Safyaan Sharif and Chris Sole though went for a few. The two almost went at 10 per over and that could prove to be the difference. Scotland should still fancy themselves to chase this down but Oman will not make it easy. Stay tuned for the chase in a bit.
Mark Watt is up for a quick chat. He says that it is important to change the line and lengths and vary pace as well on these type of wickets. Adds that they were good in the middle phase and have restricted Oman to a total where they fancy themselves to chase it down. Tells that Khalid Kail was a bit sneaky on that delivery, where he was ready but then pulled out. He thinks that it was a legal delivery but these things happen in cricket. Says that their batters should target the Powerplay, take it deep and be busy against the spinners.
Oman have got to a middling total. They were in a position to get a lot more but whenever they tried to up the ante, they managed to lose a wicket. They were off to a quick start in the Powerplay. Pratik Athavale batted really well and was the mainstay with a good half-century. The middle order though got off to starts but none went on to make most of it. Had it not been for Ayaan Khan, they would not even crossed the 140-run mark but in the end, they have a competitive total.
20
over
20 | 15 Runs | HH: 150/7
19.6
2
Safyaan Sharif to Shakeel Ahmad, A couple of runs to end the innings then! Overpitched and on middle, Shakeel Ahmad drives it towards wide of long off and comes back for the second run. Oman manages to get to that mark and finishes with 150/7!
19.5
1
Safyaan Sharif to Ayaan Khan, Safyaan Sharif nails the yorker again, on off, Ayaan Khan drills it down to long off for one.
19.4
2
Safyaan Sharif to Ayaan Khan, Another good yorker, on off, Ayaan Khan jams it out towards sweeper covers for a couple of runs.
19.3
4
Safyaan Sharif to Ayaan Khan, FOUR! Nothing streaky about this one! Full and on middle, Ayaan Khan gets inisde the line of it and whips it away to the deep mid-wicket fence for another boundary.
19.2
4
Safyaan Sharif to Ayaan Khan, FOUR! Streaky but Oman won't mind! Short of a length and on middle, Ayaan Khan tries to pull it away but gets an iniside edge past the keeper and to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
19.1
2
Safyaan Sharif to Ayaan Khan, Buzzers! In the blockhole, on off, Ayaan Khan digs it out to extra covers and sets off for the run, the fielder has shy at the bowler's end but misses with the batter nowhere near the crease, but that now allows an extra run. Ayaan Khan is back on strike now!
19
over
19 | 3 Runs | HH: 135/7
18.6
1
Brad Wheal to Ayaan Khan, Overpitched and on leg, Ayaan Khan works it through square leg for one more.
18.5
1
Brad Wheal to Shakeel Ahmad, Back of a length and on off, Shakeel Ahmad dabs it down to point for one.
Shakeel Ahmad comes out to the middle now.
18.4
W
Brad Wheal to Rafiullah, OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! Brad Wheal pitches it up once more, on off, Rafiullah connects with his slog this time, but does not get the elevation, the ball flies in the air towards long off where Safyaan Sharif judges it well and takes a good catch over his head. Now, 150 looks a bit difficult for Oman!
18.3
Brad Wheal to Rafiullah, Swing and a miss! Full again and around off, Rafiullah has a wild swing across the line but only connects with thin air.
18.2
Brad Wheal to Rafiullah, Fuller one and on off, Rafiullah tries to push it away but misses it completely.
18.1
1
Brad Wheal to Ayaan Khan, On a length and on middle, Ayaan Khan flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
Rafiullah walks out to bat now.
18
over
18 | 8 Runs | HH: 132/6
17.6
W
Safyaan Sharif to Mehran Khan, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Safyaan Sharif gets his second wicket now! He bangs this hard on the pitch, on off, gets some extra bounce, Mehran Khan tries to go for the pull but gets a thin outside edge behind where Matthew Cross makes no mistake. Oman six down but they will still look to go over that 150-run mark here!
17.5
1
Safyaan Sharif to Ayaan Khan, Goes fuller again, outside off, Ayaan Khan slices it to deep point for another run.
17.4
1
Safyaan Sharif to Mehran Khan, Short and on middle, Mehran Khan pulls it to deep square leg for a run.
17.3
4
Safyaan Sharif to Mehran Khan, FOUR! Put away! Safyaan Sharif takes pace off again, pitches it up and on middle, Mehran Khan reads it early, waits for it and smacks it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
17.2
1
Safyaan Sharif to Ayaan Khan, Fuller one and around off, Ayaan Khan drills it down the ground to long on for a single.
17.1
1
Safyaan Sharif to Mehran Khan, Slower one, short and on off, Mehran Khan goes for the pull but misses, the ball goes off his back to the off side. A leg bye is taken.
17
over
17 | 9 Runs | HH: 124/5
16.6
1
Chris Sole to Mehran Khan, Pitched up, on middle, Mehran Khan works it through square leg for another run. 9 runs off the over.
16.5
4
Chris Sole to Mehran Khan, FOUR! Up and over! Fuller and on middle, Mehran Khan with the free flow of the bat lofts it away, does not get it from the middle but gets enough for it to go over mid on for a boundary.
16.4
1
Chris Sole to Ayaan Khan, Short again and on off, Ayaan Khan pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for one more.
16.3
1
Chris Sole to Mehran Khan, Back of a length and on leg, Mehran Khan miscues his hook off the toe-end towards the vacant mid-wicket region for one.
16.2
1
Chris Sole to Ayaan Khan, Fuller on and on middle, Ayaan Khan flicks it away to deep mid-wicket for a run.
16.1
1
Chris Sole to Mehran Khan, Short of a length and outside off, Mehran Khan tries to cut but gets a top edge that goes on the bounce to third man. They cross.
16
over
16 | 2 Runs | HH: 115/5
15.6
1
Chris Greaves to Mehran Khan, Flighted, full and on middle, Mehran Khan turns it to the leg side for a run. Just two runs and a big wicket from the over!
15.5
Chris Greaves to Mehran Khan, Flatter, short and on leg, Mehran Khan misses his flick and gets hit on the pads.
15.4
W
Chris Greaves to Pratik Athavale, OUT! TAKEN THIS TIME! Chris Greaves strikes in his first over! He gets rid of the set batter here. This is tossed up, full and on middle, Pratik Athavale goes down on one knee and tries for the slog-sweep, but he fails to get under it fully and mistimes it in the air towards deep mid-wicket, Brandon McMullen there settles under it and pouches it safely. Pratik Athavale goes after a nice half-century here!
15.3
Chris Greaves to Pratik Athavale, Quicker, short and around off, Pratik Athavale tries to guide it away but misses.
15.2
1
Chris Greaves to Ayaan Khan, Gets away with that! A loopy full toss, on off, Ayaan Khan tries to slog it away but miscues it to deep mid-wicket for just a single.
15.1
Chris Greaves to Ayaan Khan, Chris Greaves starts with a short delivery, on off, Ayaan Khan punches it straight to extra covers.
Chris Greaves comes into the attack now.
15
over
15 | 8 Runs | HH: 113/4
14.6
1
Mark Watt to Ayaan Khan, Another single to end! On middle. This is hit down to long on. A single taken.
14.5
2
Mark Watt to Ayaan Khan, On middle. This is worked wide of long on for one.
14.4
4
Mark Watt to Ayaan Khan, FOUR! That is a lovely shot! The reverse sweep comes out. Watt bowls it a lot slower. He waits and then hits it over point. This races away.
14.3
Mark Watt to Ayaan Khan, Shorter and on middle. This is pulled but to mid-wicket.
14.2
Mark Watt to Ayaan Khan, Around off. This is pushed to cover.
14.2
1
Mark Watt to Ayaan Khan, WIDE! A missed stumping now! This was down the leg side. Khan looks to flick but misses. Khan drags his back foot outside but the keeper fails to take it cleanly.
14.1
Mark Watt to Ayaan Khan, Slower and on off. Kept out.
14
over
14 | 13 Runs | HH: 105/4
13.6
6
Michael Leask to Pratik Athavale, SIX! Dropped and it goes over. Pratik steps out and looks to go down the ground. He did not get to the pitch of it but still went ahead with the shot. The man at long on, runs to his left and looks to take it but spills it and it goes over the ropes. He also brings his fifty up. Needs to play longer as he has an idea of the pace of the wicket.
13.5
Michael Leask to Pratik Athavale, Another dot! Flatter and outside off. This is guided but to point.
13.4
1
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, Around off. This is guided past point for one.
13.3
2
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, Two more! On the shorter side and Khan plays it behind point for a couple.
13.2
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, Shorter and on off. Khan pushes it to covers.
13.1
4
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, FOUR! Cut away! Need a lot more of these! Outside off. Ayaan goes back and cuts it past point. This races away to the fence.
13
over
13 | 3 Runs | HH: 92/4
12.6
1
Brad Wheal to Ayaan Khan, Angled into the pads. This is tucked around the corner for one.
12.5
Brad Wheal to Ayaan Khan, On middle. This is worked to mid-wicket. Far too many dots.
12.4
1
Brad Wheal to Pratik Athavale, Around off. This is pushed towards cover for one more.
12.3
1
Brad Wheal to Ayaan Khan, Short and on the pads. Khan looks to pull but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.
12.2
Brad Wheal to Ayaan Khan, Around off. This is played back to the bowler.
12.1
Brad Wheal to Ayaan Khan, Yet another dot! Ayaan needs to get a move on now! Around off. This is guided to point. The fielder there hit the stumps at the bowler's end and it was reviewed but the batter was in.
12
over
12 | 2 Runs | HH: 89/4
11.6
1
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, Fuller and on middle. This is pushed down to long on for one.
11.6
1
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, WIDE! Down the leg side. Wided. No maiden.
11.5
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, Five now! Angled into the pads. This is played beside the pitch. Can he bowl a maiden now?
11.4
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, On off. Blocked.
11.3
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, Three dots in a row after that biggie. Not what you want as an Oman player. On off. Flatter. Kept out.
11.2
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, Flatter and on off. Kept out.
11.1
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, Fuller and on middle. This is driven back to the bowler.
11
over
11 | 9 Runs | HH: 87/4
10.6
6
Chris Sole to Pratik Athavale, SIX! Gets hold of that one and that was needed for Oman. They were losing momentum. Short and on middle. This is pulled over the square leg fence for a biggie.
10.5
1
Chris Sole to Ayaan Khan, On the body. This is tucked around the corner for one.
10.4
1
Chris Sole to Pratik Athavale, Angled into the pads. This is worked through square leg for one.
10.3
Chris Sole to Pratik Athavale, Bangs it short and on middle. Pratik looks to pull but this goes off the toe end towards mid on.
10.2
1
Chris Sole to Ayaan Khan, Fuller and on off. Khan drives it to mid off for one.
10.1
Chris Sole to Ayaan Khan, Around off. Good length. This is guided to point.
DRINKS! Despite losing four wickets, Oman have scored runs at a good rate and Pratik Athavale is looking good out there. They will hope for a partnership here and then go hard in the death overs. Scotland will want to pick up a couple of more wickets quickly and expose the lower order of their opponents and restrict them to a low score. Also, Chris Sole to bowl after the break.
10
over
10 | 6 Runs | HH: 78/4
9.6
Michael Leask to Pratik Athavale, Quicker, full and on off, Pratik Athavale steers it to short third man.
9.5
1
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, Darts this one full, on off, Ayaan Khan pushes it through covers for one.
9.4
1
Michael Leask to Pratik Athavale, Flighted, full and on middle, Pratik Athavale drills it down the ground for another run.
9.3
2
Michael Leask to Pratik Athavale, Tossed up, full and on middle, Pratik Athavale goes down and swipes it away to deep mid-wicket for a brace.
9.2
1
Michael Leask to Ayaan Khan, Floated, full and on middle, Ayaan Khan clips it through square leg for a run.
9.1
1
Michael Leask to Pratik Athavale, Michael Leask starts with a short delivery, on middle, Pratik Athavale pats it down through square leg for a single.
9
over
9 | 6 Runs | HH: 72/4
8.6
1
Mark Watt to Pratik Athavale, Quicker, short and on middle, Pratik Athavale forces it to deep mid-wicket for one more.
Ayaan Khan is the next man in.
8.5
W
Mark Watt to Khalid Kail, OUT! RUN OUT! A huge mix-up and that cost Oman dearly here! Flighted, full and on off, Khalid Kail drives it wide of long off for one and turns around for the secon without even looking at his partner, Pratik Athavale does not even move while Kail is halfway down the track, Chris Sole throws it at the correct end this time and Mark Watt does the rest. Oman in a spot of bother now!
8.4
Mark Watt to Khalid Kail, Another short delivery, on middle, Khalid Kail pushes it wide of the bowler, Mark Watt moves to his right and cuts it out.
8.3
1
Mark Watt to Pratik Athavale, Floated, short and around off, Pratik Athavale stabs it through covers for another run.
8.3
1
Mark Watt to Pratik Athavale, Fires this one full and down the leg side, Pratik Athavale goes for the sweep but misses. Wided.
8.2
1
Mark Watt to Khalid Kail, Back of a length and outside off, Khalid Kail cuts it away to deep point for a run.
8.1
1
Mark Watt to Pratik Athavale, Short and on off, Pratik Athavale punches it down to long off for a single.
8
over
8 | 5 Runs | HH: 66/3
7.6
1
Safyaan Sharif to Pratik Athavale, Short of a length and on middle, Pratik Athavale pats it towards the mid on region for one.
7.5
1
Safyaan Sharif to Khalid Kail, Fullish and on leg, Khalid Kail tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto his pads as the ball rolls towards square leg. They cross.
7.4
2
Safyaan Sharif to Khalid Kail, Short of a length and on middle, Khalid Kail pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
7.3
Safyaan Sharif to Khalid Kail, On a length and on off, Khalid Kail steers it to point.
7.2
Safyaan Sharif to Khalid Kail, Back of a length and around off, shaping away, Khalid Kail looks to cut it away but misses.
7.1
1
Safyaan Sharif to Pratik Athavale, Fuller and on middle, Pratik Athavale knocks it towars mid on for a single.
Who walks out now? Khalid Kail it is.
7
over
7 | 8 Runs | HH: 61/3
6.6
W
Mark Watt to Zeeshan Maqsood, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Mark Watt pushes this through quicker again, shortish and on off, turns in a shy bit, Zeeshan Maqsood stays back and tries to guide it away but only manages to get a slight nick behind where Matthew Cross takes a sharp catch. Oman three down now!
6.5
1
Mark Watt to Pratik Athavale, Flatter, full and on middle, Pratik Athavale works it towars deep square leg for one, he wants the second and there is some confusion but the throw is at the wrong end and they are safe.
6.4
4
Mark Watt to Pratik Athavale, MISFIELD AND FOUR! Quicker, short and around off, Pratik Athavale stays back, uses the pace of the ball and steers it towards short third man, the fielder dives over the ball and lets it through for a boundary. Watt is not happy with that effort!
6.3
1
Mark Watt to Zeeshan Maqsood, Short again, on middle, Zeeshan Maqsood moves back and clips it through square leg for another run.
6.2
1
Mark Watt to Pratik Athavale, Tossed up, full and on middle, Pratik Athavale tucks it through mid-wicket for a run.
6.1
1
Mark Watt to Zeeshan Maqsood, Short and on middle, Zeeshan Maqsood nudges it through mid-wicket for a single.
6
over
6 | 13 Runs | HH: 53/2
5.6
4
Safyaan Sharif to Pratik Athavale, FOUR! Lovely shot! A bit fuller and on off, Pratik Athavale goes inside out and slices it over extra covers for another boundary. Oman are 53/2 at the end of Powerplay!
5.5
Safyaan Sharif to Pratik Athavale, Hard-length and on middle, Pratik Athavale looks to work it away but misses and gets hit high on the body.
5.4
4
Safyaan Sharif to Pratik Athavale, FOUR! Good shot! Pitched up and angling into the pads, Pratik Athavale picks it up nicely and whips it away towards the deep mid-wicket fence for a boundary.
5.3
1
Safyaan Sharif to Zeeshan Maqsood, On a length and around leg, Zeeshan Maqsood flicks it through square lg for a single.
Zeeshan Maqsood comes out to the middle now.
5.2
W
Safyaan Sharif to Aqib Ilyas, OUT! LBW! A fantastic comeback from Safyaan Sharif! He goes full and around middle, shaping in, Aqib Ilyas tries to flick it away but misses and gets hit on the pads. A huge shout for LBW, and up goes the finger. However, Aqib Ilyas takes the review. UltraEdge confirms no bat involved and Ball Tracking shows that wickets is umpire's call. Sharif gets a wicket in his 200th match for Scotland and Oman loses their skipper.
5.1
4
Safyaan Sharif to Aqib Ilyas, EDGED AND FOUR! Safyaan Sharif starts with a back-of-a-length delivery, on off, Aqib Ilyas has a poke at it but gets an outside edge, the ball flies past the keeper to the third man fence for a boundary.
5
over
5 | 11 Runs | HH: 40/1
4.6
2
Chris Sole to Pratik Athavale, Two to end another good over! On middle. This is dragged wide of deep square leg. The fielder runs there, dives and keeps it down to two.
4.5
2
Chris Sole to Pratik Athavale, A slower one on middle. This is heaved wide of deep square leg for two.
4.4
Chris Sole to Pratik Athavale, Shorter and outside off. Pratik looks to cut but misses.
4.3
Chris Sole to Pratik Athavale, Back of a length and on off. Defended.
4.2
1
Chris Sole to Aqib Ilyas, On middle. Ilyas works it towards mid-wicket and takes one.
4.1
6
Chris Sole to Aqib Ilyas, SIX! Sails over the fence! That is a gift! On the pads. Ilyas just whips it over the square leg fence for a biggie. Good start to the over again.
4
over
4 | 12 Runs | HH: 29/1
3.6
4
Brad Wheal to Pratik Athavale, FOUR! Pulled away! This one is put awat! Short and on the body. This is pulled past square leg. A boundary results.
3.5
2
Brad Wheal to Pratik Athavale, Not from the middle again but two. Shorter and on middle, Pratik looks to pull, it is off the splice again but over mid on for two.
3.4
1
Brad Wheal to Aqib Ilyas, On the pads. This is worked towards short fine leg for one.
3.3
1
Brad Wheal to Pratik Athavale, On the body. Pratik looks to pull but misses. It hits the body and rolls on the off side. A leg bye taken.
3.2
Brad Wheal to Pratik Athavale, Angled into the pads. Pratik looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
3.1
4
Brad Wheal to Pratik Athavale, FOUR! Stand and deliver again. Length and outside off. This is smacked past the mid off fielder and it goes to the fence. Runs now started to come.
3
over
3 | 12 Runs | HH: 17/1
2.6
4
Chris Sole to Aqib Ilyas, FOUR! Slammed away! That is how you do it! He stood still. Let the ball come to him. This is outside off and he carves it over point for a boundary. Good way to get off the mark. Runs and a wicket from the over.
Aqib Ilyas walks out to bat at number 3.
2.5
W
Chris Sole to Naseem Khushi, OUT! TAKEN! Straight to the fielder! Khushi falls. He went after almost every ball he faced and finally falls. He tried to be cheeky. Walks across, tries to play the paddle scoop by using the pace of the bowler. It hits the splice and lobs towards Mark Watt at short fine leg. Easy catch.
2.4
2
Chris Sole to Naseem Khushi, Two more to the total! Fuller and on off. Khushi looks to flat-bat it but it goes off the splice but over mid off for two.
2.3
6
Chris Sole to Naseem Khushi, SIX! Bang! He gets hold of that one! Massive hit. With the wind and it goes well over the fence. Outside off. Fuller. This is in the slot. He lifts it over cover and it goes over the fence.
2.2
Chris Sole to Naseem Khushi, Just not good from Khushi. He's swinging at everything and only connecting with thin air. Short and on middle. Khushi looks to pull but misses again.
2.1
Chris Sole to Naseem Khushi, Another wild swing! Shorter and outside off. Khushi looks to cut but misses.
2
over
2 | 2 Runs | HH: 5/0
1.6
Brad Wheal to Pratik Athavale, Dot to end another tidy over! On off. Pratik stands tall and outside punches it to covers.
1.5
1
Brad Wheal to Naseem Khushi, Does connect this time but not off the middle. On middle. Shorter. This is pulled towards deep square leg for one.
1.4
Brad Wheal to Naseem Khushi, Another swing! Length again and around off. Swings away. Khushi looks to pull but misses.
1.3
Brad Wheal to Naseem Khushi, Naseem is looking to be positive but to no effect so far. Steps out. The length is shorter and on the body. He looks to pull but misses.
1.2
1
Brad Wheal to Pratik Athavale, Lands safe! On middle. On a length. Pratik looks to hit it on the up, down the ground, it goes off the splice towards mid off for one.
1.1
Brad Wheal to Pratik Athavale, Right on the money to begin with! Good length and on off. Defended.
Brad Wheal to share the attack.
1
over
1 | 3 Runs | HH: 3/0
0.6
1
Mark Watt to Pratik Athavale, A single to end a tidy start from Watt! On middle. This is pushed down to long on for one.
0.5
1
Mark Watt to Naseem Khushi, Lands safe! This is tossed up outside off. Kushi looks to sweep. He wants to drag it from outside off but it goes off the top edge, lands ahead of short fine leg. A run taken.
0.4
1
Mark Watt to Pratik Athavale, Oman is underway! On middle. This is pushed down to long on for one.
0.3
Mark Watt to Pratik Athavale, Flatter and on off. Athavale punches it but finds cover again.
0.2
Mark Watt to Pratik Athavale, Floats it up on off. This is driven but to mid off again.
0.1
Mark Watt to Pratik Athavale, Flatter and on off. This is pushed to the man at cover.
We are done with the pre-match formalities! The Scotland players spread out from the huddle and take their respective field positions. Pratik Athavale and Naseem Khushi are the two openers for Oman. We will some spin straightaway as Mark Watt has the new ball in hand. Let's play…
The two umpires walk out to the middle followed by players from both sides who line up for their respective national anthems. It will be Scotland's first followed by the national anthem of Oman.
Richie Berrington, the captain of Scotland says that the wicket would not change much and they would have liked to bowl first anyways. Adds that it is a fresh wicket and with the wind blowing on one side, it could be tough to defend later on. Mentions that they have played a lot of high stakes matches and know how to handle the pressure. Informs that Bradley Currie is out and Safyaan Sharif comes in for his 200th game for Scotland.
Aqib Ilyas, the skipper of Oman says that they will bat first. Adds that the wicket looks good and they will like to put on a good total on the board. Mentions that their bowlers have done really well in this tournament and they want to give them a good total to defend. Informs they have made a couple of changes.
Scotland (Playing XI) – George Munsey, Michael Jones, Brandon McMullen, Richie Berrington (C), Matthew Cross (WK), Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Chris Sole, Brad Wheal, Safyaan Sharif (In place of Bradley Currie).
Oman (Playing XI) – Naseem Khushi (WK), Pratik Athavale, Aqib Ilyas (C), Zeeshan Maqsood, Khalid Kail, Ayaan Khan, Mehran Khan, Rafiullah, Shakeel Ahmad, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan.
TOSS – Oman have won the toss and they elected to BAT first.
Scotland in their last game showed they are team full of match winners and don't just rely on a player or two. It was their skipper and Leask who helped them topple Namibia. They would be eager to go 2 in 2 now which will boost their chances of going through to the next round massively. They are favourites and on paper are surely the better side. Stay tuned for toss and other updates.
The World Cup is moving along at a rapid pace and we are into game number 20. It is a clash between Oman and Scotland. The former are yet to win a game in the tournament. They lost one in the first Super Over of the tournament and the one against the Aussies. This probably is a must win game for them if they are going to have a chance of going through to the next round. They though are up against a Scottish side who are really high on confidence. Can they upset the odds? 
… MATCH DAY …
Another day and another crucial game in the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup and up next, is a Group B clash that sees high-flying Scotland take on Oman in Match number 20. The match will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in NorthSound, Antigua and given how the group has stacked up so far, a win for Scotland will see them get into a wonderful position to make it through to the next stage of the competition. Oman, who are on the brink of elmination, have played some excellent cricket in patches but a loss here and they will be out of the competition. Scotland had a wash out in their first game against England but in that game, they batted for 10 overs and showed some real prowess as the two openers remained unbeaten and stitched together 90 runs. In their next game against Namibia, they were clinical and were able to chase down 150-odd runs without much of a fuss. Skipper, Richie Berrington starred with a knock of 47 runs but it was a fine all-round display from Michael Leask that really got them the win. Scotland have had quite a settled side for a few years now in this format of the game and are looking confident of rally challenging the big guns. Oman on the other hand almost pulled off a fine win against Namibia in their opening fixture only to suffer heartbreak in the Super Over. They again bowled really well against Australi for more than half of the innings but again, their batting display in the Powerplay let them down. Mehran Khan has been the consistent performer for them with the ball but they really need to step up with the bat. Skipper, Aqib Ilyas and former skipper Zeeshan Maqsood will be key as they have shown glimpses of what they can do and the openers will be raring to showcase their abilities after a couple of slim outings. An enticing contest on the cards and Oman might not be quite able to do enough to make the cut for the next round but they can surely make a huge dent in Scotland's aspirations. Who are you backing to get the win?