Scotland made history on Thursday as they reached the main draw of the T20 World Cup for the first time in history by beating Oman by 8 wickets in their final Group B game at Al Amerat. The Scotts topped Group B with 3 wins out of 3 in the preliminary round to qualify for the Super 12s along with Bangladesh.
Josh Davey (3-25) led Scotland’s disciplined bowling as they restricted Oman to a below-par 122 despite cameos by Aqib Ilyas (37) and Zeeshan Maqsood (34). Coetzer then laid the foundation for Scotland’s victory with a rapid 41 before Richie Berrington and Matthew Cross (26 not out) completed the chase with three overs to spare.
“It’s a great feeling. Congratulations to Zeeshan and Oman, they have been great. It’s the opportunity to play at the biggest stage and you get to play the best of the best.
“The following back home has been immense. We have been through thick and thin in the last few years and guys have put in a lot of hard work to keep developing their game and the coaching staff has done an excellent job as well,” captain Coetzer said after the match.
Qualification means Scotland will play India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and the second-placed team from Group A in the Super 12s.
“As far as I’m aware, we are going into a slightly tougher team and there’s no reason to fear. It’s gonna be an exciting group, we will go into every game full of hope and will give our best,” Coetzer added.
The first match on Thursday saw all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mahmudullah inspire Bangladesh to an 80-run rout of Papua New Guinea and become the first team from Group B to seal a spot in the Super 12.
Bangladesh managed to post a competitive 181/7 on the back of Mahmudullah’s 28-ball 50 and big-hitting from Shakib Al Hasan who made 46. And then the Bangladesh bowlers ran through PNG’s top-order to restrict them to 97 all out in 19.3 overs with Shakib taking 4 wickets for 9 runs.
“Every game we’re playing gives us more confidence,” Shakib said after collecting player-of-the-match trophy. Obviously losing the first game was a setback… But now the pressure is off and we can play with more freedom.”