Australia Triumphs Over Scotland in Thrilling T20 World Cup Match

Australia Triumphs Over Scotland in Thrilling T20 World Cup Match

With just two balls remaining in their Group B match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Australia defeated Scotland by five wickets in an exciting contest played in Gros Islet on June 15, 2024. The victory was a testament to the depth and resilience of the Australian batting lineup, spearheaded by Marcus Stoinis and Travis Head, which overcame a formidable challenge posed by Scotland.

Match Summary

Scotland                                                                                                         180/5 (20)

Brandon McMullen
60 (34)
Glenn Maxwell
2/44 (4)
Richie Berrington (c)
42 (31)
Ashton Agar
1/39 (4)
George Munsey
35 (23)
Nathan Ellis
1/34 (4)

Australia                                                                                                       186/5 (19.4)

Travis Head
68 (49)
Safyaan Sharif
2/42 (4)
Marcus Stoinis
59 (29)
Mark Watt
2/34 (4)
Tim David
24 (14)
Brad Wheal
1/28 (3.4)

Toss: Aus won the toss and decided to bowl.
Stadium: Beausejour Stadium
Result: Australia won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Player of the Match: Marcus Stoinis(AUS) – 59 (29)

Scotland Sets a Competitive Target

Winning the toss, Scotland elected to bat first, aiming to set a challenging target for the Australians. The innings started cautiously, with the first couple of overs not yielding much for Scotland. However, the tempo changed quickly when Brandon McMullen took charge. McMullen’s aggressive 60 off 34 balls, studded with six sixes, was the highlight of Scotland’s innings. He displayed excellent footwork and power, particularly against Australia’s Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa.

George Munsey provided solid support with a brisk 35 off 23 balls. The pair took Scotland to a strong position of 92 for 1 after 8.5 overs. However, the momentum slowed in the latter half, largely due to some skillful death bowling by Nathan Ellis and Glenn Maxwell, who managed to pull things back for Australia. Richie Berrington anchored the innings towards the end with an unbeaten 42 off 31 balls, taking Scotland to a respectable total of 180/5.

Australia’s Fielding Woes

Australia had an unusually poor day in the field, dropping six catches. This included a rare hat-trick of drops in consecutive balls during Scotland’s innings. The missed chances could have proven costly, but the Australian batting lineup made sure it didn’t come to that.

Australia’s Reply A Stuttering Start

Chasing 181, Australia had a shaky start, losing early wickets and struggling to keep up with the required run rate. Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis were the key to stabilizing the innings. Head’s patient 68 off 49 balls provided the backbone of the chase. However, it was Stoinis’ explosive 59 off 29 balls that turned the game on its head.

Stoinis and Head Turn the Tide

With the required run rate approaching 13, Stoinis came in and immediately made an impact. His blend of power and finesse put pressure back on the Scottish bowlers. Stoinis’ reverse-hit sixes and boundary blitzes were instrumental in shifting the momentum. Head, who had been more subdued, joined the party by hitting three consecutive sixes off Safyaan Sharif, dramatically reducing the pressure on Australia.

A Tense Finish

Despite losing both Stoinis and Head towards the end, Australia remained in control. They needed five runs off the last over. A critical moment came when Tim David was dropped at deep midwicket by Chris Sole with three needed off four balls. David capitalized on this lifeline, smashing the next ball into the stands to seal the victory for Australia.

Player of the Match Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis was deservedly named the Player of the Match for his match-winning innings of 59 off 29 balls. His powerful hitting under pressure was crucial in Australia’s successful chase, and his performance has been a highlight in what is becoming an outstanding tournament for him.


This victory not only showcased Australia’s batting depth but also highlighted the fighting spirit of Scotland. Despite the loss, Scotland’s performance in this match will be remembered as they came agonizingly close to pulling off a major upset. For Australia, this win secures their place in the Super Eight stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, keeping their hopes alive for another World Cup triumph.