McLoed stars as Scotland stun England in Edinburgh

Calum McLoed’ breathtaking century helped Scotland stun England in the only ODI by five runs in Edinburgh on Sunday.The day started with England captain Eoin Morgan winning the toss and opting to bowl first in perfect batting conditions. His decision, however, proved a disastrous one as the home side posted a mammoth total of 371 for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

The star of the show for Scotland was the 29-year-old Glasgow-born batsman McLoed, who scored his seventh ODI century in 55th appearance and remained unbeaten on 140 off 94 balls with the help of 16 fours and three sixes.He was well supported by Captain Kyle Coetzer (58 off 49 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes) and George Munsey (55 off 51 balls with the help of seven fours and one six).

For the visitors, pacer Liam Plunkett and leg-spinner Adil Rashid claimed two wickets each, but both went for 85 and 72 runs in their quota of 10 overs respectively.

In reply, England had a brilliant start and at one stage looked in complete control of the chase after reaching to 240 in the 30th over at the expense of just three wickets.

But a mini collapse between 31st and 37th over, where the visitors lost four wickets for just 31 runs proved too big of a dent for the team’s chances and they could never recovered completely from the setback, eventually bundling out for 365 in 48.5 overs.

Opener Jonny Bairstow was the star of the show for the losing team as he became the first English batsman in the 50-over format history to score three consecutive centuries. He finished with score of 105 off 59 balls with the help of 12 fours and six sixes.

For Scotland, left-arm spinner Mark Watt was the star of the show as he claimed figures of three for 55, whereas pacers Alasdair Evans and Richie Berrington claimed two wickets each.For his outstanding batting display, McLoed was named player of the match.

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