T20 World Cup: Scotland shock West Indies in Pool B


ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Blundstone Arena, Hobart
Scotland 160-5 (20 overs): Munsey 66* (53), MacLeod 23 (14); Holder 2-14, Joseph 2-28
West Indies 118 (18.3 overs): Holder 38 (33); Watt 3-12, Leask 2-15, Wheal 2-32
Scotland won by 42 runs
Scorecard; Table

Scotland, who are ranked 15th in the world, got their Men’s T20 World Cup campaign off to a flying start by shocking two-time winners West Indies.

Chasing 161 to win, a mix of disastrous batting and disciplined bowling saw the Windies bowled out for 118 to lose Pool B by 42 runs.

Scotland made 160-5, with opener George Munsey hitting an unbeaten 66 off 53 balls.

Ireland begin their campaign against Zimbabwe in their other Group B match.

The result means West Indies, who are ranked eighth in the world, will likely need to win their remaining two matches to advance.

They face Zimbabwe on Wednesday (09:00 BST), while Scotland face Ireland (05:00) with a win likely to see them through.

The top two teams in each group will qualify for the Super 12, which will begin on October 22. The winner of group A and the runner-up of group B will face England.

Scotland do well, while Windies disappoint

Scotland reached 52-0 after 5.3 overs – a marked improvement on the opening stands at last year’s tournament, where the highest score was 33 – before a 45-minute rain delay halted progress.

The Wind started poorly with the ball, offering too much width, but they improved a lot after the break, getting the ball upfield effectively.

It slowed the scoring rate considerably and also brought the wickets of Matthew Cross and Richard Berrington, who were both hit flat to mid on and mid on respectively.

Munsey lacked fluency after the delay, but stuck with it, and it paid off when he hit three boundaries off the final over, having hit the previous one in the fourth over.

There were also strong cameos from Callum MacLeod (14 of 23) and Chris Greaves (11 of 16) as Scotland moved to a defending, but potentially game-winning, total.

As was the case last year, Windies went on a tear with the bat. He felt it was a throw or block with minimal spin ability.

They particularly struggled against the left-arm spin of Mark Watt, who regularly bowled 24 for 22, and off-spin Michael Leask, with the pair taking 3-12 and 2-15 respectively as they bowled 27 runs. .

Pace bowler Brad Wheal, who was part of the Hampshire team that won the T20 Blast this summer, also played well, taking 2-32.

Scotland were also faultless in the field, including a brilliant catch from Leask to dismiss Shamarh Brooks over the mid-wicket boundary.