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.

Calum MacLeod celebrates his century against England
Calum MacLeod celebrates his century against England. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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:

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