One-off ODI, Scotland vs England – Scotland won by 6 runs
Sunday, June 10, 2018, Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh
Unbeaten century from Calum MacLeod helped Scotland just edge England in the one-off ODI played in Edinburgh on Sunday. MacLeod batting at no. 3 scored unbeaten 140* runs off just 94 deliveries, which includes 16 fours and 3 sixes. This is his seventh century in this format. Coincidentally, all his last three centuries have been 140 or more.
MacLeod’s unbeaten century, brilliant knocks from Kyle Coetzer (58), George Munsey (55) and Matthew Cross (48), have helped Scotland to get to 371 for 5 in their 50 overs. This is the highest total by an Associate nation in a complete ODI beating Kenya’s 347/3.
Chasing 372 to win, England came mighty close courtesy of a 59-ball 105 from their wicket keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow, his third consecutive century in ODIs. Contributions from Alex Hales (52), Liam Plunkett (47) and Moeen Ali (46) took England closer to the target but they fell short by 6 runs in the end.
This is the second time an associate nation has defeated England in a One Day International. Their first defeat was in the hands of Ireland at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru in 2011 World Cup. Ireland are now granted full member status though.
This is also the third time that Scotland, an associate nation, has defeated a full member in ODIs. All the three instances were registered in the past one year – defeated Zimbabwe by 26 runs in June 2017 and defeated Afghanistan by 7 wickets in March 2017 before defeating England in this game.
Has England played their secondary team? No! Has England not scored runs? No! Has England put up a fight in this game? No! But why did England lose the game? There are many more such questions they need to answer themselves before the start of 5-match ODI series against Australia.
Scotland – 371/5 in 50 overs (Calum MacLeod – 140*, Kyle Coetzer – 58, Adil Rashid – 2/72, Liam Plunkett – 2/85) beat England – 365 all out in 48.5 overs (Jonny Bairstow – 105, Alex Hales – 52, Mark Watt – 3/55, Alasdair Evans – 2/50) by 6 runs
Player of the Match:
Calum MacLeod (Scotland) – Unbeaten 140* runs
Playing XI: Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Calum MacLeod, Dylan Budge, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Michael Leask, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Alasdair Evans
Bench: Preston Mommsen, Michael Jones, Bradley Wheal, Stu Whittingham
Playing XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Bench: Dawid Malan, Tom Curran
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