Scotland beat England.

It was an amazing game of cricket as Scotland stunned the World number 1 ranked ODI side England in a high scoring affair played at Edinburgh on 10th June 2018.

England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to field first. Scotland openers Matthew Cross and Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer put the pressure on the England bowlers right from the word go. At the end of 10 overs, Scotland openers scored 70 for 0.

After the power play overs, Coetzer continued to make the batting look easy and completed his fifty off 43 balls. Adil Rashid provided a much-needed breakthrough for England dismissing Coetzer for 58.

The Scotland openers added 107 runs in 13.4 overs to lay a strong foundation for a massive total. Soon after, Liam Plunkett dismissed Cross to bring back England into the game.

MacLeod and Richie Berrington kept the momentum going with aggressive stroke play. Both batsmen created pressure on a superb batting pitch. MacLeod completed his fifty off 36 balls to keep the scorecard ticking. Plunkett struck an important blow dismissing Berrington for 39. Berrington and MacLeod added 93 runs for the 3rd wicket.

George Munsey came to the crease and took a few balls to settle before taking on the England bowlers. On the other hand, MacLeod was severe against spinners and pacers. Munsey took the charge and reached his maiden ODI half-century off 49 balls. He was soon dismissed for a well-made 55.

Munsey and MacLeod added 107 runs for the 4th wicket. MacLeod reached his 7th ODI century off 70 balls. After completing his century, plundered England bowling line up to remain not out on 140. Dylan Budge scored just 11 runs and was dismissed by Mark Wood. MacLeod and Budge added 53 runs for the 5th wicket. Scotland posted their highest total in ODI of 371 for 5 in 50 overs.

Chasing 372 runs to win, Jonny Bairstow looked in brilliant touch taking on the Scotland bowlers right from word go and completed his fifty off just 27 balls. On the other hand, Jason Roy also played with positive intent. At the end of 10 overs, England openers raced away to 107 for 0.

Matt Watt got the breakthrough for Scotland dismissing Jason Roy for 34. Roy and Bairstow added 129 runs in 12.4 overs. Alex Hales joined in with Bairstow creating pressure on Scotland bowlers. Bairstow was superb with his timing to complete his century off 54 balls. Berrington got the important breakthrough dismissing Bairstow for 105. Bairstow and Hales added 36 runs for the 2nd wicket.

Alex Hales and Joe Root continued with the momentum with aggressive stroke play. A miscommunication ended with a run out of Joe Root. Root and Hales added 55 runs for the 3rd wicket.

Eoin Morgan scored a quickfire 20 off 15 balls before being dismissed by Evans. Alex Hales completed his fifty off 52 balls. Scotland bowlers took wickets of Hales, Sam Billings and David Willey to leave England in trouble at 276 for 7. Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett joined putting the pressure back on the Scotland bowlers.

Both batsmen hit boundaries keeping England hopes alive. Watt got an important breakthrough dismissing Ali ending 71
runs stand for the 8th wicket.

With 11 runs needed to win off 12 balls, Adil Rashid was run out by Leask and collection by Sharif. Sharif produced a brilliant yorker to dismiss Mark Wood to help Scotland register a memorable 6 run win.

Scotland 371 for 5 in 50 overs ( MacLeod 140, Coetzer 58, Munsey 55, Adil Rashid 2/72, Mark Wood 2/82) beat England 365 in 48.5 overs ( Jonny Bairstow 105, Hales 52, Plunkett 47, Watt 3/55, Evans 2/50) by 6 runs. For his superb 140 not out, Calcum MacLeod was awarded the man of the match.


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