Scotland vs England only ODI: Bell and Tredwell flatten Scotland in rain-affected encounter

Bell scored a fantastic half-century

Bell scored a fantastic half-century

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England batsman Ian Bell scored a fluent half-century and spinner James Tredwell took four wickets to help their side flatten Scotland by 39 runs in a rain-affected affair in Aberdeen.

The match was originally supposed to be 50 overs a side, but due to heavy rain, a very wet outfield and numerous delays, it was shortened to 20 overs a side.

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer made the logical decision to bowl first due to the wet conditions, but Bell and England skipper Alastair Cook turned it around into their favour as they amassed an 83-run partnership, during which Bell brought up his half-century, before he was clean bowled by Rob Taylor for 50 off 34 balls, which included four boundaries and two sixes.

Cook went on to make 44 off 47 deliveries, which included four boundaries, before he was brilliantly caught by Calum MacLeod off the bowling of Taylor.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler only made nine runs before he was caught by Taylor at deep midwicket off the bowling of Josh Davey.

Eoin Morgan made a quickfire 31 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Iain Wardlaw.

Joe Root scored 17 runs before he was caught by Taylor at deep midwicket off the bowling of Davey.

Davey claimed his third victim the very next ball when Ravi Bopara was caught by MacLeod at long-on for just three runs.

England eventually finished on 167/6 off their 20 overs.

Davey was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Taylor snapped up two and Wardlaw chipped in with one.

Chasing 173 to win due to the Duckworth-Lewis method, Scotland got off to a poor start as Matty Cross was clean bowled by James Anderson for one run.

MacLeod fared no better as he was also cleaned up by Anderson for nine runs.

Coetzer failed to save his side as he had his stumps shattered by Tredwell for only eight runs.

Matt Machan managed to score 33 runs before he was caught by Bell at mid-on off the bowling of Bopara.

Michael Leask was the top-scorer for Scotland as he mustered 42 runs, which came off just 16 balls and included two boundaries and five sixes, before he was caught by Anderson at deep midwicket off the bowling of Tredwell.

Leask hammered five sixes during his entertaining knock of 42

Leask hammered five sixes during his entertaining knock of 42

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Taylor only scored one run before he was caught by Chris Jordan at long-on off the bowling of Tredwell.

Tredwell struck again just four balls later when Davey was caught by debutant Harry Gurney for a golden duck.

Tredwell ripped through Scotland's batting line-up with four wickets

Tredwell ripped through Scotland’s batting line-up with four wickets

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Preston Mommsen made nine runs before he was clean bowled by Jordan.

Wardlaw accumulated two runs before he was caught by Jordan at midwicket off the bowling of Bopara.

Scotland ended up finishing on 133/9 off their 20 overs, leaving them 39 runs short of their target.

Tredwell was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Anderson and Bopara took two wickets each and Joran claimed one.

In a rather interesting decision, Leask was named Man of the Match.

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