Two times T20 World Cup champions West Indies have been completely blown away by the impressive Scotland in their opening round Group B clash at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. West Indies did not look a formidable side especially with their inexperienced batting line up in the absence of Shimron Hetmyer as they have been completely outclassed by Scotland and got beaten by a big margin of 42 runs which also affected their net run rate severely.
The Caribbean side was expected to steer into the Super 12 round of marquee event quite easily having been in the group alongside Scotland, Ireland and Zimbabwe. But they are in serious trouble now and they have to win their remaining two matches of the tournament against Zimbabwe and Ireland with a decent margin to ensure that they qualify for the next round.
A brilliant day for Scotland cricket as this will be remembered as the one of the best performance from in T20I as they beat a Test playing nation. West Indies team also registered an unwanted record under their name as they become the first ever side to lose 13 T20I matches consecutively outside their home. Their last win outside home was against Bangladesh when they beaten them by three runs in the previous T20 World Cup.
Scotland and West indies were facing each other for the very first time in a T20I match. They faced each other only once in last 15 years, that was in an ODI match in 2018 World Cup Qualifier. West Indies came victorious in that rain affected match by 5 runs. This was also the first ever win for Scotland against West Indies in any format. Both teams have confronted each other total 10 times in ant format, with the first match played back in 1906.
Scotland scored an above par total of 160/5 which is also the highest T20I total by an Associate team against West Indies. Previous Ones are:
160/5 – Scotland today
146/6 – Afghanistan in 2017
138/9 – Ireland in 2010
Scotland beat West Indies by 42 runs which is the third highest margin of their loss(by runs) in T20 World Cup.
Biggest runs win against West Indies in T20 WC:
57 runs – Srilanka in 2009
57 runs – Srilanka in 2010
42 runs – Scotland today
27 runs – Srilanka in 2014
20 runs – Srilanka in 2021