Two times world champions West Indies qualified for the next year ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in England. The Windies defeated Scotland by five runs via D/L method as the rain stopped play in the 36th over of the Scotland innings.
Scotland were once looking on course to force a major upset in the qualifiers as they had bowled out the men from the Caribbean for just 198 runs in their 50 overs. Scotland was 125/5 when rain stopped play. However, luck favoured the Windies who have now made it to the World Cup.
West Indies has always been one of the most entertaining teams, especially in the shorter format. But they have been unable to revive their lost glory and have been struggling to get the wins on a consistent basis.
However, the entire cricketing fraternity wished for the Windies to qualify as they bring a unique flavour to the tournament.
The Windies players themselves were over the top when the team qualified as their star batsman a Chris Gayle led from the front and delivered a special message after the team qualified.
Gayle in a video posted by the official account of West Indies Cricket said:
“Mission accomplished, definitely. It has been a long journey and the process we have gone through to qualify, we still have to give thanks even though it was a rain-interrupted game today, but a win is a win. I am so happy to have qualified for another World Cup., I just have to stay fit now and we have a young team, but it will be my last World Cup that is for sure, so I am looking forward to it.”
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) March 21, 2018
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