Twitter Reactions: Calum MacLeod’s heroics propel Scotland to their highest ever ODI score
MacLeod was the star for the hosts as he played a superb knock of 140 runs.
Published - Jun 10, 2018 7:22 pm | Updated - Jun 10, 2018 7:27 pm
England and Scotland locked horns in the only One-Day International at Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh on Sunday. The visitors won the toss and opted to bowl first only for Calum MacLeod to tear apart their bowling attack with a magnificent unbeaten knock of 140 runs. His heroics helped Scotland post their highest ever score in the limited overs format as they ended the innings on 371 runs for the loss of five wickets after 50 overs.
After being invited to bat first on a flat wicket, the opening duo of Matthew Cross and the skipper Kyle Coetzer started in blazing fashion, They eked boundaries in almost every over during the powerplay and put the bowlers under immense pressure early in the game. While the latter managed to score 58 runs, Cross missed out on a half-century as both were dismissed in successive overs with the scorecard reading 107/2.
MacLeod starts the fun
Calum MacLeod came out to bat in the 14th over after the fall of the first wicket and looked aggressive from the word go. He first stitched a partnership of 93 runs with Richie Berrington which brought Scotland back on the track. But they needed a special knock to post a daunting total to challenge the strong England outfit. MacLeod took the responsibility of batting through the innings as he found an able partner in George Munsey after the dismissal of Berrington.
MacLeod brought up his ton in the 44th over off just 70 balls and didn’t throw his wicket away after reaching the milestone. He and Munsey looted runs by adding 107 runs for the fourth wicket. The centurion hunted the leather brutally in the death overs and remained unbeaten on 140 off just 94 balls. He hit 16 fours and sent the ball over the ropes thrice during his sensational knock as Scotland posted their highest ever score in the ODIs.
England, on the other hand, were out of touch completely as the bowlers leaked runs. All of them conceded more than 6 runs per over and missed the presence of Ben Stokes in the line-up. The batsmen will have to play out of their skins to beat their opposition.
Here’s how Twitter reacted during the innings:
Father taking the Pics of his son in the ground celebrating his hundred against a Test Playing Nation. What a Moment ! pic.twitter.com/7vjBGhf7Ff
— Taimoor Zaman (@taimoorze) June 10, 2018
Scotland 371/5 is their HIGHEST ever ODI team total, HIGHEST ever by an Associate nation against a Test team.
Only twice has a team chased a target of 370 and above successfully in ODIs. #SCOvENG
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) June 10, 2018
Haven’t seen a ball but brilliant first half by Scotland , England only using 5 bowlers and going for that many ?
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) June 10, 2018
This is the brilliant batting display from Calum Macleod and @CricketScotland against the number one ranked side in the world. 371 runs to defend and Now, over to you bolwers. #ENGvSCO #ODI pic.twitter.com/VDukqn8Yzz
— Manoj Ghimire (@themanojgh) June 10, 2018
Scotland 371-5 from their 50, well batted Calum MacLeod! #SCOvENG
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) June 10, 2018
371 by Scotland is the highest ever total by an Associate team in ODIs breaking a 21 years old record (which was 347 by Kenya against Bangladesh in 1997). #ScovEng
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 10, 2018
— Ryan Campbell (@cambo_19) June 10, 2018
Not surprised by Scotland doing well. They smashed Rashid Khan and Mujeeb for fun. England don't have that quality for middle overs.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) June 10, 2018
— Stephen Batty (@stebat8) June 10, 2018
— BK Pulami (@pulami076) June 10, 2018
Highest Totals against ENG in ODI's .
— Swapnil Shanbhag (@swapniltalks) June 10, 2018
— Pachu (@Paachu90) June 10, 2018
What an effort by Scotland with the bat. Can’t wait to see how they perform in next year’s World Cup. #SCOvENG
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) June 10, 2018
Most ODI 100s from players outside Test cricket
7 – Calum MacLeod (Sco)
5 – Ryan ten Doeschate (Net)
4 – Kyle Coetzer (Sco)
3 – Steve Tikolo (Ken)#SCOvENG
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 10, 2018