Who would have predicted that: Calum MacLeod leads Scotland to their first-ever ODI victory over England
In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.
Scotland cricket had been heartbroken after their loss to West Indies in the 2019 Cricket World Cup qualifiers. Had rained not interrupted, the team stood a good chance of winning the game, which they ultimately lost by a narrow margin of 5 runs. Their maiden ODI victory over England, brought about by MacLeod's explosive 140*, acted like a balm over the defeat.
Scotland 371/5 (50 overs) - Calum MacLeod 140* (94), Kyle Coetzer 58 (49); Adil Rashid 2/72 (10), Liam Plunkett 2/85 (10)
England 365 (48.5 overs) - Jonny Bairstow 105 (59), Alex Hales 52 (56); Mark Watt 3/55 (10), Alasdair Evans 2/50 (8)
Result - Scotland won by 6 runs
Batting first, Scotland posted their highest ODI score. Matthew Cross and Skipper Kyle Coetzer gave the team a 100+ opening start but it was Calum MacLeod, batting at one drop, who helped the team accelerate through the middle.
MacLeod hit 16 fours and 3 sixes in his knock, played at a strike rate of almost 150, as he remained unbeaten till the end. With support from Richie Berrington and George Munsey, Scotland's total reached 371.
Fall of wickets: 1-103 (Kyle Coetzer, 13.4 ov), 2-107 (Matthew Cross, 14.6 ov), 3-200 (Richie Berrington, 29.5 ov), 4-307 (George Munsey, 43.4 ov), 5-360 (Dylan Budge, 49.1 ov)
The job was still not done as Jonny Bairstow threatened to take England over the line. However, regular wickets from Scotland kept pegging England back. 47 from Liam Plunkett towards the end and some effortless hitting from Moeen Ali again gave Scotland a scare.
Three wickets from Mark Watt and two each from Alasdair Evans and Richie Berrington ensured that MacLeod's heroic century was not squandered. Scotland etched a historic chapter in their cricket history as they beat England for the first time in an ODI.
Fall of wickets: 1-129 (Jason Roy, 12.4 ov), 2-165 (Jonny Bairstow, 17.6 ov), 3-220 (Joe Root, 26.6 ov), 4-245 (Eoin Morgan, 30.6 ov), 5-245 (Alex Hales, 31.1 ov), 6-263 (Sam Billings, 35.1 ov), 7-276 (David Willey, 36.3 ov), 8-347 (Moeen Ali, 45.3 ov), 9-362 (Adil Rashid, 48.1 ov), 10-365 (Mark Wood, 48.5 ov)
Scotland - Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Calum MacLeod, Dylan Budge, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Michael Leask, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Alasdair Evans
England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Match: SCO vs ENG, Only ODI, England tour of Scotland, 2018
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Toss: England won the toss and decided to bowl
Venue: Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh
Umpires: Allan Haggo, Marais Erasmus
Third Umpire: Kumar Dharmasena
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle
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