Scotland put on a dominant display to crush Oman by 76 runs in their ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier match on Sunday, securing their place in the Super Sixes.
Brandon McMullen was the star of the show for Scotland, scoring a brilliant 136 off 121 balls to help his team post a challenging 320-6. The opener shared a 150-run partnership with Richie Berrington (60), and also took two catches in the field.
In reply, Oman never got going, and were bowled out for 244 in 49.3 overs. Chris Greaves was the pick of the bowlers with 5-53, while Mark Watt and Michael Leask took two wickets apiece.
The win was Scotland’s third in a row in the tournament, and leaves them top of Group B. They will face Sri Lanka in their final group match on Tuesday, with a place in the World Cup finals at stake.
McMullen’s innings was the highlight of the match, and he was full of praise for his teammates after the game.
“It was a great feeling to get a hundred, and I’m really happy with the way I played,” he said. “But it was all about the team performance today, and we all played our part. We’re in a great position now, and we’re looking forward to the next game.”
McMullen’s innings was a masterclass in batting, and he displayed all of his skills against a high-quality Oman bowling attack. He started slowly, but he gradually found his rhythm and started to score freely. He hit 15 fours and two sixes in his innings, and he was particularly impressive in the way he handled the spin bowling.
Scotland’s Bowling Attack Shines
Scotland’s bowling attack was also in good form, and they made life very difficult for the Oman batsmen. Greaves was the pick of the bowlers with his 5-53, but all of the bowlers contributed to the win.
Watt and Leask both took two wickets apiece, while Sole, Neill, and McMullen all picked up a wicket each. The Scotland bowlers were disciplined and accurate, and they never allowed the Oman batsmen to get away.
Scotland in Strong Position
The win over Oman was a significant one for Scotland, and it puts them in a strong position to qualify for the World Cup finals. They have now won three consecutive matches in the tournament, and they are top of Group B.
Their final group match is against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, but they will be confident of getting the job done. They have a well-balanced team, and they are playing some really good cricket at the moment.
Scotland’s win over Oman was a convincing one, and it shows that they are a team to be reckoned with in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier. They have a strong batting line-up, a good bowling attack, and they are playing with confidence.
They will be looking to continue their winning streak against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, and they will be confident of making it to the World Cup finals.