Scotland are on the verge of securing their spot in the Super 12s stage of the T20 World Cup after seeing off Papua New Guinea by 17 runs.
After claiming a shock six-run victory over Bangladesh on the opening day of the showpiece event, Scotland backed up that performance with another win against Papua New Guinea in Al Amerat, Oman.
Richie Berrington was named Player of the Match for his performance as he hit 70 off 49 balls, while Matt Cross chipped in with 45 from 36 to help the Scots reach 165-9.
Papua New Guinea made a disastrous start and fell to 35-5 before eventually being bowled out for 148 in the final over.
The Barramundis, making their maiden appearance at the tournament, are now unable to make it through to the Super 12s, although Scotland could earn their place in the next stage if Oman beat Bangladesh later on Tuesday (Match Betting – Bangladesh 1/5, Oman 7/2).
“We got just over par on that wicket,” Berrington said. “At first we didn’t have a target in mind, and just wanted to get used to the wicket. Thankfully we managed to get that big partnership which was quite key in the end.”
If Bangladesh win Tuesday’s second game, Scotland will require a victory over Oman on Thursday to go through as Group B winners, joining Afghanistan (66/1 T20 World Cup Outright), India (9/4), Pakistan (7/1) and New Zealand (13/2) in Group 2.
PNG captain Assad Vala admitted his side struggled to deal with Scotland’s bowling but feels the opportunity to feature at the tournament will be beneficial in the long run.
Vala said: “Getting exposure, playing more games and testing ourselves against quality opposition would be good. If we can get more exposure we might be able to express ourselves better.
“Scotland are a really good bowling team and they put us under pressure and we crumbled. The lower order brought us back into it.”