Pakistan win toss, opt to bat against Scotland in first T20

Annette Crawford
June 12, 2018

Scotland enjoyed the greatest victory in their cricket history by holding their nerve to beat world number one-ranked England by six runs in a thrilling one-day global at Edinburgh on Sunday.

Calum MacLeod s superb 140 not out powered non-Test nation Scotland to a record 371 for five against an England side who are top of the one-day worldwide rankings.

The defeat to Scotland meant Bairstow's own personal feats have been somewhat overlooked, but he was once again in scintillating form at the top of the England order as he hit a 54-ball century to mark his third ODI ton on the bounce.

Scotland beat England for the first time in global cricket after a high-scoring, one-off ODI today. "Teams with massive potential like Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland along with many others have to be given more opportunities to play against the more experienced teams", he added.

"I feel like I'm bowling quite nicely, especially with the white ball at the moment", Agar said.

Asked if England would use the ball-tampering in sledging, Morgan replied: "No".

Confident England may be but a humbling defeat to Scotland on Sunday was hardly the preparation Buttler and co were hoping for - against a side who aren't competing in next year's World Cup.


Australia began their tour with convincing wins over Sussex and Middlesex in their warmup matches ahead of the first of five one-dayers at The Oval.

Scotland's total was their highest at this level, surpassing their 341 for nine against fellow non-Test nation Canada at Christchurch four years ago.

It looked as if England, who went into the match as the number one-ranked side in ODI cricket, might chase that down while opener Jonny Bairstow was making 105 and later on during an eighth-wicket stand of 71 between Moeen Ali (46) and Liam Plunkett (47 not out).

But Jason Roy (34), Eoin Morgan (20) and Alex Hales (52) departed to careless shots while Joe Root (29) was needlessly run out.

'We're delighted to be working with Cricket Scotland and to have Calum, Safyaan and Grant on board for our Vitality Blast campaign, ' said Derbyshire cricket advisor Kim Barnett.

The six-run win saw Scotland get one over their arch-rivals in style.

MacLeod, however, ensured a promising start was not wasted and together with George Munsey (55) put on 107 for the fourth wicket.

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