Scotland cruise into T20 World Cup Super 12 stage with eight-wicket victory over Oman

Oman lost 122 points in the last Group B game in Muscat with Josh Davey winning 3-25; Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer found his form with a strong 41 to set up his team’s third consecutive victory; Watch the T20 World Cup live on Sky Sports from now until November 14

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer hit three big sixes to get back into form with 41 against Oman.

Scotland booked their place in the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup with a comfortable eight-field victory over Oman.

The hosts, Oman, were eliminated by 122 in Muscat and Scotland went home with three overs to spare after captain Kyle Coetzer returned to form in a timely manner with a hard-hitting 41.

The victory held the Scots’ 100 percent record in the competition and ensured that they topped Group B, meaning they advance to Group 2 of the Super 12 alongside Afghanistan, India, New Zealand and Pakistan, the first time that they reach the second stage of a World Cup.

Bangladesh, who had previously beaten Papua New Guinea by 84 runs, finish second in the group and move on to Group 1, where they will face England, Australia, South Africa and the West Indies.

Oman got off to a disastrous start in their innings with point man Jatinder Singh running off the second ball, the first delivery he faced, after hitting the ball directly at Mark Watt in the middle and charging through the wicket while Aqib Ilyas remained stationary. in the other ending.

Oman’s starter Jatinder Singh leaves the field after being fired by a duck

A frustrated Kashyap Prajapati (three) then lifted Safyaan Sharif (2-25), back in shape, straight to George Munsey midway to put the hosts at 13-2 before Ilyas and Mohammed Nadeem fixed things.

The pair put up 38 for the third wicket, but Ilyas fell to 37, his 35-ball innings of two sixes and three fours, in the 10th over when he knocked out Munsey at length on Michael Leask’s first over.

Leask (2-13) and his teammates, Watt (1-23) and Chris Greaves (0-9 from two overs) put the brakes on well for Scotland, though Nadeem hit a pair of sweet sixes before splitting for 25 to a strong captured by Richie Berrington in front of Watt.

Captain Zeeshan Maqsood (34) managed to keep the score going for Oman in the later stages of innings to help elevate his side to 122, though he became one of three late victims of Josh Davey (3-25), who claimed his third final ball wicket of innings when Fayyaz Butt (seven) was caught by Greaves on the spot.

Munsey and Coetzer gave Scotland a solid start in their innings with a 33-run starting pair before Munsey fell for 20 when he shoved Butt (1-26) straight to Jatinder on a deep square leg.

That was the signal for Coetzer, who has been fighting for runs of late, to improve his game and finished the power play with a whopping 91 meters and six over long from the Maqsood bowling alley to move to 19.

Scotland players celebrate the dismissal of Oman’s Kashyap Prajapati

A high of 84 meters over Butt’s mid-deep terrain followed in the next along with a powerful additional four-through coverage, but he topped the lot in ninth over Nadeem by crushing a monster 93 meters off the ground in depth. half wicket.

Yet just when he looked ready, Coetzer played around a full delivery from Khawar Ali (1-27) to go 41 out of just 28 deliveries.

That brought Matthew Cross and Berrington together at 75-2: the pair had scored 92 in the win over Papua New Guinea and once again combined to good effect to guide Scotland to victory in style.

Cross continued to play steadily and finished undefeated with 26 of 35 balls, but Berrington took the club from Coetzer with a massive six in a row off Ali, measured at 99 meters and easily surpassing his patron’s new longest tournament mark, which had been set a few minutes earlier.

Another six followed in the same change and that was indeed the victory concluded, with Berrington sealing the victory with a flourish at the end of the 17 more, thrown by Nadeem, with a four and then a six to go to 31 not out of 21 balls.

Kyle Coetzer from Scotland: “It’s a great feeling. For Cricket Scotland and at home, it’s huge. The opportunity to play on the biggest stage, the opportunity to test ourselves against the best and grow the game at home. The following has been immense.

“There is a real bond between our team. We’ve been through thick and thin. Several of these players were in the last T20 World Cup and they learned from our experiences there that they just missed the group stage. A lot of hard work in. The last few years developing his game and the coaching staff has obviously done a fantastic job.

“The guys are in a great place, playing excellent cricket and you can see a pretty well established team in terms of bat, ball and on the field.

“There is no reason [to now] fear any game in that group. The tournament is going to be tough, it is going to be an extremely good and exciting group, but we will go into each game full of hope and belief that we are capable of winning more cricket games while we are here. “

Zeeshan Maqsood from Oman: “It is an opportunity that we have lost. But life is not over, so we will work on it. We did not hit very well and we could not put a good total on the board. It is difficult to defend and we also play.” a few short balls and we made no progress. “

With Group B concluded, the focus is now on the last two Group A matches in Sharjah on Friday, with Ireland first against Namibia (11:00 am) with the winners guaranteed to qualify for the Super 12 stage after their previous victories over Holland and defeats. to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka will then take on the Dutch (3pm) as they look to preserve their 100% record and lead the group that would take them to Group 1 alongside England, South Africa, Australia, the West Indies and Bangladesh.

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