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T20 World Cup: Scotland aim to keep slate clean against hosts Oman

The team shocked Bangladesh in their tournament opener and then got the better of Papua New Guinea

The Telegraph Al Amerat (Oman) Published 21.10.21, 01:32 AM
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Scotland will fancy their chances of maintaining their unbeaten run to make the Super 12s on a winning note when they meet Oman in their Group B league game of the T20 World Cup here on Thursday.

Scotland shocked fancied Bangladesh in their tournament opener and then got the better of Papua New Guinea by 17 runs in the second group match on Tuesday, and will make it to the Super 12 stage if they beat Oman.


Papua New Guinea are already out of contention following successive defeats. Oman and Bangladesh, with a win each from two matches, are also vying for a slot in the next stage. If Oman beat Scotland and Bangladesh vanquish PNG, net run rate will come into play as three teams will be on four points apiece. Oman have the best net run rate in the group.

Prior to the tournament, Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer had termed his team a strong and powerful squad, picking which was an “absolute nightmare”. Entering the mega-event with the hope of putting in some strong performances, Coetzer’s team has so far lived up to his expectations in the country’s third World Cup.

Scotland have all bases covered, with depth in both batting and bowling.

There is power and touch at the top and middle-order with Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod.

Berrington is coming off a 49-ball 70 in his team’s win over PNG and Oman’s bowlers will be wary of him, while MacLeod, after failing to live up to his billing in the first two games, will be desperate to shine on Thursday.

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