The primary round of Cricket World Cup League has produced its first shock as favourites Scotland fell to an eight-wicket defeat to Oman at Mannofield.
After dismissing the Scots for 168 interior 45 overs, properly-measured half-centuries from Khawar Ali and Aqib Ilyas saw Zeeshan Maqsood’s group declare its 2nd win of the opposition with greater than 4 overs to spare.
Scotland’s day had begun as brightly as the Aberdeen sunshine which bathed this famous antique floor. Openers Kyle Coetzer and Matthew move looked in excellent contact as they constructed a traditionally solid platform, Coetzer following a flick then a power to the boundary off Kaleemullah with a 6 and a 4 off Mohammad Nadeem. Become locating his variety, pulling Nadeem to the rope on the begin of the 10th earlier than clearing the square leg boundary off the next ball to take the rating to fifty three.
With the situation searching ominous, it turned into the advent of gradual left-armers Zeeshan Maqsood and Aamir Kaleem which started out to alternate the game. Bowling in tandem, the pair brought a double leap forward as Kaleem claimed the wicket of pass (33) earlier than Maqsood bowled new batsman Calum MacLeod (3) within the following over. From 71 with out loss, Scotland all at once found itself 76 for two.
Kaleem and Maqsood (2 for 32) were in addition miserly because the run-price slipped nevertheless in addition. Coetzer delivered up his fifty inside the twenty first over, but with limitations drying up, both he and Richie Berrington struggled to interrupt the shackles. Leg-spinner Khawar Ali tightened them still further, and with the score on 102, the leg-spinner claimed his first wicket as Coetzer (56) fell to a seize within the deep by using Khurram Nawaz.
Berrington (11) followed two overs later, and whilst George Munsey (6) was bowled off the primary shipping of Aqib Ilyas’s spell, Scotland had been decreased to 110 for 5.
Tom Sole (1) followed as the fall apart endured, and although Craig Wallace counter-attacked with a scuffling with 36, Oman patiently picked off Scotland’s last wickets. Ali Evans (four) have become Khawar’s fourth sufferer before Wallace fell to Kaleem (2 for 30) to end the innings inside the 44th over. After the promise of its starting, Scotland’s very last general appeared well underneath par.
So it proved as Oman’s chase began. With a required run-rate of less than four Khawar Ali and Jatinder Singh ought to manage to pay for to take their time, and although Mark Watt (1 for 25) struck in his first over to cast off Jatinder for 19, new batsman Aqib Ilyas showed similar endurance as the target was steadily whittled away.
The rules of the innings comfy, a four and six from Khawar brought an increase in its tempo, and with the crew hundred raised within the 30th and the hundred partnership in the 39th, Oman relentlessly drove domestic its advantage. Each batsmen had handed 50 by the point the target was in unmarried figures, and although Adrian Neill had the comfort of a wicket on his ODI debut after conserving on to a pointy return seize from Aqib (sixty one) beneath his chin, the final results of the healthy had lengthy been settled.
It were a thoroughly expert performance from Oman, ruled by participant of the suit Khawar Ali, who introduced an unbeaten 79 to his bowling figures of four for 23. With two wins from , his group sits on the pinnacle of the desk.