World Cup League 2: Hamza Tahir bags five as all-round Scotland crush Oman
Hamza Tahir took 5/38. (AFP Image)

Scotland notched up their second win of the World Cup League 2 with a 95-run win against Oman led by half-centuries from Matthew Cross, Richie Berrington and Craig Wallace and a five-wicket haul from left-arm spinner Hamza Tahir. Sent in to bat first, Scotland posted 223/7, in chase of which Oman were bowled out for 138 in 38 overs to endure their second loss of the tournament.

FULL SCORECARD: Scotland vs Oman, World Cup League 2, Match 4

An early strike from Bilal Khan sent back Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer for a golden duck. Calum MacLeod struggled to get going and was put out of his misery by Bilal for a 22-ball 8. When Aqib Ilyas dismissed George Munsey in the 14th over, things looked grim for Scotland at 38 for 3 before Cross and Berrington put the innings back on track with an 89-run partnership.

Both brought up their respective half-centuries before Cross, who had a questionable strike rate of 57.84 was sent back by Ajay Lalcheta, who struck the very next ball and cleaned up Michael Leask for a first-ball nought much to the delight of Oman.

Berrington and Wallace then came together for a run-a-ball 42-run partnership. Berrington, who hot two fours and two sixes was removed by Khawar Ali but Wallace ensured the innings finished on a high with an unbeaten 53 off 49 with two fours and a six as Scotland collected 47 in the final 5.2 overs.

Oman crawled in their chase with Safyaan Sharif and Mark Watt bowling probing lines before Sharif had Khawar Ali out LBW. Jatinder Singh and Ilyas added 52 runs for the second wicket before Tahir – playing only his second one-day international – came into the scheme of things and provided the breakthrough getting the Oman opener out for a 54-ball 23. Watt and Tom Sole took care of the next two wickets of Zeeshan Maqsood and Lalcheta, which arrived in quick succession, and when Tahir dismissed Ilyas five short of a half-century, Oman were struggling at 81 for 5.

Tahir picked up his third and fourth wickets in back-to-back overs and completed his five-wicket-haul by dismissing a set Sandeep Goud for 32 to finish with 5/38. Sharif returned to wipe out the tail and victory was secured.