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Oman out of Super-8 race in T20 World Cup: Scotland beat them by 7 wickets, England’s problems increased

Oman out of Super-8 race in T20 World Cup: Scotland beat them by 7 wickets, England’s problems increased

Sports Desk6 hours ago

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Oman is out of the race for the Super-8 in the World Cup. The team lost all three of its first matches in the group stage. On the other hand, Scotland has reached the top of the table with 5 points after winning. Scotland’s victory against Oman has put England’s Super-8 spot in danger.

In the 20th match of the World Cup, Oman played against Scotland at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. On Sunday night, Oman won the toss and decided to bat first and scored 150 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, Scotland chased the target in 13.1 overs by losing 3 wickets.

A look at the points table…

Only the top-2 teams of each group will enter the next stage i.e. Super-8. Scotland has come at number one. Its last match is against Australia. If Australia wins this match, then its place will be confirmed. At the same time, even if Scotland loses, its chances will depend on England. Scotland has already registered a big win against Oman in 13 overs to stay safe.

England has played 2 matches. One was a draw and one was lost. With this the team has 1 point. Even if it wins the next 2 matches, the team will have 5 points equal to Scotland. If Australia defeats Scotland, then England will have to win both the matches by a big margin.

Oman innings: Great game in powerplay, middle order disappointed
Pratik Athawale and Naseem Khushi opened the innings for Oman. The team batted brilliantly in the first three overs. However, on the fifth ball of the third over, Naseem Khushi gave away his wicket for 10 runs.

After this, Pratik stood firm from one end and Oman’s wickets kept falling on the other end. Captain Aqib Ilyas got out after scoring 16 runs, Zeeshan Maqsood got out after scoring 3 runs, Khalid Kail got out after scoring 5 runs. Pratik was also out after scoring 54 runs in the 16th over.

Ayan Khan came and strengthened the team. He remained unbeaten on 41 runs. Shakeel Ahmed remained on the pitch with him scoring 3 runs.

Superb bowling from Scotland
All the bowlers of Scotland bowled brilliantly. Safyaan Sharif got 2 wickets. Whereas, Mark Watt, Brad Wheel, Chris Soul and Chris Greaves got 1-1 success.

Scotland innings: Superb batting, Munsey-McMullen reached the target quickly
Scotland had a good start chasing 151 runs. The team scored 50 runs in 6 overs of the powerplay, losing 1 wicket. George Munsey scored 41 runs in 20 balls. Brandon McMullen, who came to bat after the first wicket, played an explosive innings and won the match. He scored 61 runs in 31 balls. McMullen hit 9 fours and 2 sixes in the innings.

Bilal Khan, Aqib Ilyas and Mehran Khan took 1 wicket each for Oman.

The Turning Point
The 65-run partnership in 29 balls between George Munsey and McMullen was the turning point of the match. Both of them scored runs at a fast pace and did not let the match come in Oman’s hands.

Fighter of the Match
Oman batsman Pratik Athawale was the fighter of the match. He played an innings of 54 runs while opening. He remained at the crease for 15 overs and kept scoring runs from one end.

Playing XI of both the teams
Oman: Naseem Khushi, Pratik Athawale (wicketkeeper), Aqib Ilyas (captain), Zeeshan Maqsood, Khalid Kail, Ayan Khan, Mehran Khan, Rafiullah, Shakeel Ahmed, Kalimullah and Bilal Khan.

Scotland: George Munsey, Charlie Tear, Brendan McMullen, Richie Berrington (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Christopher Sole, Safyaan Sharif and Brad Wheel.

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