Scotland beat England in run-fest thriller

Scotland have defended their highest total 371 by 6 runs against England in the one-off ODI clash at Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh. This is Scotland’s first win over No.1 ODI side England.

Scotland beat England in run-fest thriller
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England chose to bowl first in batting-friendly conditions. Openers Kyle Coetzer and Matt Cross made good start for Scotland with a century partnership (103 in 13.4 overs). Skipper Coetzer (58 off 49) and Cross (48 off 39) were sent back in consecutive overs.

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Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington recovered with 93-run stand as Scotland reached 200 within 30 overs. MacLeod stepped on the gas with George Munsey. They put on another 107 runs for the fourth-wicket.

Munsey scored 51-ball 55 with 7 fours and a six. MacLeod brought up his seventh ODI hundred in 70 balls, which is the fastest by a Scottish. He became the second Scotland batsman to score an ODI century against a full-member nation.

Scotland not only posted their highest ODI total but also the highest total by any associate nation. They piled on massive 371/5 on board surpassing their previous best 341/9 (vs Canada in 2014). MacLeod stayed unbeaten on his fourth-highest score, 140 runs from 94 deliveries hitting 16 fours and 3 sixes.

In reply, England started their innings in T20 style with their T20 kit on. The opening stand of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow added 129 runs in 12.4 overs in which Roy contributed 34.

Bairstow continued his merry way to a 54-ball ton, the third-fastest by an Englishman. He became the ninth man to score three consecutive ODI hundreds. Bairstow hit 59-ball 105 runs including 12 fours and 6 maximums.

Alex Hales joined the run-fest part with his 52 off 56 at No.3 position. Scotland came back in the game making England 276/7 from 220/2.

Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett kept the chase on with a quickfire 71-run partnership. Ali made 33-ball 46 with 3 fours and 3 sixes. Plunkett fought hard till the end for his 45-ball 47* but England were restricted to 365 in 48.5 overs which gave Scotland a narrow six-run win.

Mark Watt picked up three wickets for 55 runs. Berrington and Alasdair Evans took two scalps each.

England’s 365 is the joint-fifth highest total in the second innings in ODI cricket. The match saw a total of 736 runs which is the all-time sixth-highest.

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Brief scores:

Scotland 371/5 in 50 overs (MacLeod 140*, Coetzer 58, Munsey 55; Rashid 2/72)

England 365 allout in 48.5 overs (Bairstow 105, Hales 52; Watt 3/55, Evans 2/50)

Scotland won by 6 runs