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Scotland thrash Oman to boost Super 8 hopes

Scotland thrash Oman to boost Super 8 hopes

ICC Men's Twenty20 World Cup, Group B (Antigua)
Oman 150-7 (20 overs): Athavale 54 (40), Ayaan 41 (39); Sharif 2-40
Scotland 153-3 (13.1 overs): McMullen 61* (31), Munsey 41 (20); Bilal 1-12
Scotland win by seven wickets

Scotland boosted their chances of qualifying for the second round of the T20 Cricket World Cup on Sunday after thrashing Oman by seven wickets in Antigua to move to the top of Group B. Brandon McMullen's unbeaten 61 off just 31 balls steered Scotland to victory with nearly seven overs to spare as the Scots finished on 153-3 off 13.1 overs to reel in Oman's total of 150-7.

Scotland raced to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Oman at the T20 World Cup to go top of Group B.

A wonderful unbeaten 61 from Brandon McMullen guided Scotland to their target of 151 in just 13.1 overs as Richie Berrington's side delivered a real statement.

Safyaan Sharif marked his 200th Scotland cap with two wickets before the batting line-up took over.

George Munsey and Michael Jones set the tone before McMullen took charge with a series of eye-catching shots all around the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

The nature of the result leaves Scotland in a strong position to make the Super 8s and leaves England's qualification hopes hanging by a thread.

A win over Australia next Sunday would guarantee the Scots' place in the next stage, while even a loss could see them through.

In that scenario, England would need to win both their games against Oman and Namibia and also overhaul Scotland's healthy net run-rate.