New Delhi: An impressive Scotland crushed Oman by eight wickets to register their third consecutive win in the first round and qualify for the T20 World Cup Super 12 stage by topping Group B here on Thursday.
Scotland, who had stunned Bangladesh by six runs before beating Papua New Guinea by 17 runs in their previous matches, remained unbeaten and finished their group encounter with six points.
Besides Scotland, Bangladesh also qualified for the Super 12s from the group by finishing second with four points. Hosts Oman and PNG are out of the tournament.
Scotland are now placed alongside India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and an yet-to-be-decided second-placed team from Group A in Group 2 of the Super 12s.
Bangladesh finds itself in Group 2 alongside England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka.
Towards the end, Richie Berrington struck some lusty blows en route to an unbeaten 31 that came off just 21 balls and was laced with one boundary and three hits over the fence.
Berrington finished off the chase in style, hitting Mohammad Nadeen for a four and a six.
Earlier, Oman lost two quick wickets — Jatinder Singh and Kashyap Prajapati — after opting to bat in the must-win game before Aqib Ilyas (37 off 35 balls) and Mohammad Nadeem (25 off 21) stabilized the innings with a 38-run third-wicket stand.
But Scotland pulled things back, removing both Ilyas and Nadeem, who perished in search of one too many just after clobbering Mark Watt over the boundary.
Sandeep Goud (5) and Naseem Khushi didn’t help their side’s cause either as Oman kept losing wickets at regular intervals to reach 98 for six after 16 overs.
Skipper Zeeshan Maqsood (34 off 30) tried his best to push the scoring rate but Scotland bowlers didn’t give Oman batters any leeway.
Josh Davey (3/25), Michael Leask (2/12), Safyaan Sharif (2/25), and Mark Watt (1/23) were the wicket-takers for Scotland.
In fact, Davey’s final over resulted in three Oman wickets, including a run out.