McMullenton, Greaves five ahead secured Scotland’s big win

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Scotland 320 (McMullen 136, Berrington 60, Bilal 5-55) Oman 244 for 9 (Khushi 69, Shoaib 36, Kanen 5-53) by 76 runs

Brandon McMullen’s name is very similar to Brendon McCullum’s. On Sunday morning, in what appeared to be a Bazball attempt at Bulawayo, McMullen switched gears from 9 off 21 balls in one phase to finish with 136 of 121. That took Scotland to 320 in 50 overs after they managed just 47 in the first 13. Oman also took their time in reply: they got 16 in the first five overs, but the fact that their run rate only went past three again at the end of 19 overs pretty much sealed their fate.

The win cemented Scotland’s progress to the Super Sixes, even though Oman over-qualified despite the loss. Scotland’s new-ball bowlers Chris Sole, Adrian Neill and McMullen himself were perfect to start with, bowling tight, Test-match-style lines and lengths never to let go of Oman. But Oman’s batters had never really tried to attack either, so much so that the first signs of intent from them came only after the first drinking break.

But that they had so much to do was all thanks to McMullen and his captain Richie Berrington. They added 138 of 122 deliveries for the third wicket, in which Oman’s hopes of holding Scotland down to a manageable total were all but dashed despite the quiet start. When Berrington fell for 60 in the 39th over, the score was already 220.

The partnership was dominated by McMullen who brought up his first ODI hundred from 92 balls. He piled up runs everywhere, whether swinging to the leg side or pumping bounds across the ground. The innings even featured a funky Suryakumar Yadav-inspired first for four over short fine legs, with McMullen losing his balance and feeling on his back.

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