Scotland Cricket Team has given a shock to West Indies in the Qualifiers Round. Scotland won the match by a huge margin of 42 runs where they bundled out the West Indies for 118 runs in 18.3 overs. Scotland’s spinners were quite disciplined and it looked as if they had a complete plan to fox the batters.
West Indies got a reality check but they never showed any intent in the run chase of 161 runs. The batters weren’t focused on rotating strikes and were playing too many shots. The Men in Maroon played 55 dot balls which is a huge number in modern T20I Cricket.
Scotland on a Roll
Scotland would be over the moon as defeating two-time World Champions is never easy. Due to this victory, Scotland now has a solid chance to make it to the marquee event. Their NRR (Net Run Rate ) is +2.10 which is massive in a short tournament. Their next match is against Ireland on 19th October at the same venue: Hobart. It would be interesting to see whether the rest of the batting unit clicks as alone George Munsey (who scored 66 runs in 53 balls) can’t win matches.
West Indies in deep trouble
The Men in Maroon were completely off-colour with the bat. Skipper Nicholas Pooran was expected to guide the team in the run chase. Apart from Jason Holder, not a single batter scored 30-odd runs. Due to this loss, West Indies’ next match against Zimbabwe on 19th October becomes a virtual knock-out match. West Indies NRR is -2.10 which doesn’t look good by any means.
West Indies should use Holder in the middle orders as he is someone who can provide stability. West Indies need a miracle to qualify for the marquee tournament from this position. The team doesn’t seem to have camaraderie among the players as no one was ready to take responsibility of the team.