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Defeat to Scotland ends Oman’s hopes of progressing to the knockout round

10 Jun 2024

North Sound, Antigua – Ahead of the match against Scotland, Oman skipper Aqib Ilyas had talked about coming up with an all-round performance and playing as a unit. The Men in Red certainly fell short in all departments of the game against a fired-up Scotland in the Group B match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday. 

Oman batters put up their highest score of 150 in the ongoing edition but the bowlers failed to trouble the Scotland batters and the fielding woes continued as they lost by seven wickets with Scotland chasing down the target in just 13.1 overs.

The defeat, marked the third successive loss for Duleep Mendis-coached side, also dashed their hopes of progressing further in the tournament, with their final pool match against defending champions England looming on Thursday (June 13).

It was a clinical all-round display from the Scots to record their second consecutive win and top Group B and eye a spot in the knockout round.

Scotland batters – Brandon McMullen (61*) and George Munsey (41) – tore apart the Oman bowling attack across the picturesque ground in a remarkable display of power hitting.

Oman captain Aqib Ilyas opted to bat first on a fresh pitch as this was the first match of the ongoing World Cup to be played in Antigua, hoping to make the maximum use of the conditions.

Oman brought in Naseem Khushi in place of Kashyap Prajapati and along with Pratik Athavale opened the batting. Khushi departed early and Ilyas’ cameo of 16 from six balls, which included two boundaries and a six, ended before the powerplay as Oman hit their highest score in the three matches with 53/2.

Khushi, who hit the first six of the day over the long boundary at extra cover off Chris Sole, was dismissed two balls later, snapped by Mark Watt at short backward square off a miscued ramp.

Experienced Zeeshan Maqsood short visit to the crease and Khalid Kail’s run out derailed the progress of Oman.

There was an incident during Watt’s bowling as he had the ball hit the stumps with Kail signalling he was not ready and the umpire declaring it a dead ball. The Scottish players did protest with the umpire but Kail failed to exploit the escape as he pushed his next ball into the covers, was sent back for a second run by Athavale, and Watt whipped off the bails with an additional sense of vindication.

It was left for Ayaan Khan and Athavale to rebuild the innings as they shared a 43-run partnership before Athavale trying to accelerate departed in the 16th over for a 40-ball 54, an innings studded with five hits to the ropes and two sixes.

Athavale made a first-ball duck in his last outing against Australia but this time he proved to be the mainstay as he reached his fifty from 38 balls.

Ayaan remained unbeaten on 39-ball 41 but with the tail failing to wag for long, Oman were restricted to 150/7.

Brief scores: Oman 150/7 (Pratik Athavale 54, Ayaan Khan 41*, Aqib Ilyas 16, Mehran Khan 13, Naseem Khushi 10; Safyaan Sharif 2/40, Brad Wheal 1/19, Chris Greaves 1/2, Chirs Sole 1/41, Mark Watt 1/25) lost to Scotland 153/3 in 13.1 overs (George Munsey 41, Brandon McMullen 61*; Bilal Khan 1/12, Aqib Ilyas 1/41, Mehran Khan 1/16).

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