Scotland have qualified for the Super 12 stage with a 100 percent record of 3 wins in 3 matches in Round 1.
They defeated hosts Oman by 8 wickets on Thursday to seal their spot for the next stage by finishing at top of their group, courtesy of which they are now clubbed alongside India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and the team which will finish second on Group A.
This also means Bangladesh, who finished second in the group with two wins, join England, West Indies, Australia, South Africa, and the team which will finish at the top of Group A.
Scotland started the tournament with a memorable victory over Bangladesh when Chris Greaves put on a spectacular all-round performance – he smashed 45 runs off 28 balls before picking up a brace, helping his side to a 6-run win.
Against Papua New Guinea, Richie Berrington, the third-ranked ICC T20I all-rounder, played a 70-run knock off 49 balls while Josh Davey snapped a four-wicket haul, handing PNG a 17-run loss.
Then, the bowlers put on a commanding show versus Oman, restricting the opposition for 122, Davey once again starring with a three-for before Kyle Coetzer and Berrington smashed their way to an 8-wicket win. Scotland will next face Afghanistan on October 25 in Sharjah.
Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer said, “It’s a great feeling. It’s the opportunity to play at the biggest stage and you get to play the best of the best. The following back home has been immense. We have been through thick and thin in the last few years and guys have put in a lot of hard work to keep developing their game and the coaching staff has done an excellent job as well. As far as I’m aware, we are going into a slightly tougher team and there’s no reason to fear. It’s gonna be an exciting group, we will go into every game full of hope and will give our best.”
Twitter reacted to Scotland’s qualification through to the Super 12:
Being half Scottish I must admit I’m partial to a bit of haggis, Irn Bru, shortbread, whisky, and tartan. But Scotland Cricket progressing in the T20 WC has made my day!! Well done.
——@T20WorldCup @CricketScotland @BBCScotland
— Craig Kieswetter (@kiesy_22) October 21, 2021
🏴 HISTORY! 🏴
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 21, 2021
Flower of Scotland 👏👏👏
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) October 21, 2021
India will face Scotland in the T20 World Cup 2021 on the day Virat Kohli celebrates his 33rd Birthday.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 21, 2021
Scotland matches in T20 World Cup:
Against Afg, 25th Oct.
Against A2, 27th Oct.
Against NZ, 3rd Nov.
Against India, 5th Nov.
Against Pak, 7th Nov.
Against SL, 24th Oct.
Against Eng, 27th Oct.
Against WI, 29th Oct.
Against SA, 2nd Nov.
Against Aus, 4th Nov.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 21, 2021
Last time India, Pakistan and Scotland were in the same group it was 2007 T20 World Cup….#T20WorldCup 👀
— Sanchit Desai (@sanchitd43) October 21, 2021
Scotland only won at a global ICC tournament for the first time in their last match at the 2016 World T20 – at the 21st attempt stretching back to 1999
— Alan Gardner (@alanroderick) October 21, 2021