Tuesday 16 July, 2019

24 all out! Oman make unwanted history against Scotland

Scotland celebrate a wicket against Oman.

Scotland celebrate a wicket against Oman.

Oman made the fourth-lowest score in List A cricket on Tuesday as they capitulated to 24 all out against Scotland.

In a 50-over contest in Al Amarat, the hosts were bundled out in just 17.1 overs as Ruaidhri Smith and Adrian Neill each took 4-7 to rip through the batting line-up.

The remarkable total is the lowest ever by a senior international side, breaking the previous record of 35 set by Zimbabwe in an ODI against Sri Lanka in 2004.

Oman's number three Khawar Ali top-scored with 15, including the only boundary of the innings, while the three wides sent down by Smith and Neil represented the second-highest contribution to the tally.

Five batsmen registered ducks and, to rub salt into the wounds, Scotland knocked off the 25 required in just 3.2 overs, sealing the victory with 280 balls remaining and ensuring the entire match lasted only 20.3 overs.

Oman will have the chance to atone for their dismal display when they play the second match of the three-game series at the same venue on Wednesday.

"Everything seemed to go quite well," said Scotland bowler Smith in something of an understatement. "It's quite rare, normally there's a partnership somewhere but we kept picking up wickets which were nice.

"I didn't think it was a bad wicket, we just bowled really well and took our chances when they came. If we bowl first again, hopefully, something similar would be nice!"

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