Harare (AFP) – The West Indies neglected to fit the bill for the Cricket World Cup interestingly as the double cross bosses drooped to a seven-wicket pounding by Scotland at the passing occasion on Saturday.
Scotland reached their target in Harare with 6.3 overs remaining after bowling out the Caribbean team for 181 in their 50 overs. The Caribbean team needed a win to keep their slim hopes of qualifying alive.
Shai Trust’s men have no focus, with just two matches staying in the Very Six phase in Zimbabwe after past losses by the hosts and the Netherlands.
The worldwide one-day masterpiece, held in India from October 5 until November 19, will be remarkable for the shortfall of one of the game’s customary forces to be reckoned with.
By winning their first one-day international match, Scotland exacted revenge on the West Indies for their agonizing and contentious defeat at the 2018 World Cup Qualifier, which cost them a spot in the main tournament.
Before their final two games against Zimbabwe on Tuesday and the Dutch two days later, they currently sit just two points behind Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, the two teams with the most points qualifying them for the 10-team event.
After winning the toss and choosing to field first, the Scottish seam bowlers did the damage early on, reducing the Windies’ score to 81-6.
Brandon McMullen, a young all-rounder, defeated the West Indies’ top three, Shamarh Brooks, Johnson Charles, and Brandon King, for 3-32 in nine overs.
Even though Jason Holder and Romario Shepherd gave a brief fightback, Scotland’s spinners kept the pressure on.
Safyaan Sharif brilliantly caught Shepherd off Mark Watt’s bowling for 36 runs, and Chris Greaves trapped Holder lbw three balls later as the Windies lost their final four wickets for 23 runs.
Holder returned Scotland opener Christopher McBride from the absolute first conveyance of the Scots’ innings to give his group trust.
However, McMullen and Matthew Cross’s 125-run partnership for the second wicket secured Scotland’s victory.
Despite McMullen’s 69-foot hole-in from Shepherd, the match was already almost won.
Akeal Hosein, a left-arm spinner, removed George Munsey with 20 balls remaining, leaving Cross to score a 74-run victory for Scotland.
Since 1975 and 1979, when they won the first two World Cups, the West Indies had participated in every tournament.