In another major upset at the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022, Scotland defeated the two-time champions West Indies at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Monday. Notably, in the tournament opener, Namibia thrashed Sri Lanka by 55 runs on Sunday, October 16.
Put to bat first, the Scotts produced a decent batting display and went on to post a competitive 160/5 on the board in their allotted 20 overs. Opener George Munsey carried his bat, smashing an unbeaten half-century and ensured that his side reach a formidable total.
Munsey went on to score 66* from 53 deliveries with the help of nine boundaries. Apart from the left-handed batter, Calum MacLeod (23 off 14) and Michael Jones (20 off 17) chipped in with valuable contributions.
In response, the Caribbean side kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bundled out for 118 in 18.3 overs, losing the contest by 42 runs.
All-rounder Jason Holder did stay in the middle till the penultimate over but didn’t get enough support from the other end. Holder top-scored for West Indies with 38 from 33 deliveries, including 4 fours and a six.
Mark Watt shined with the ball for Scotland, taking a brilliant three-wicket haul while conceding 12 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Brad Wheal (2/32) and Michael Leask (2/14) also bagged a couple of scalps each.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Cricket Scotland (@CricketScotland) October 17, 2022
What a performance 🔥
— ICC (@ICC) October 17, 2022
Richie Berrington was on receiving end of 1 of the worst umpiring decisions in ICC tournament history just before the rain arrived vs West Indies at 2018 WCQ in Zimbabwe, a decision that cost Scotland a place at 2019 WC in England. Imagine how good he must feel as captain today. pic.twitter.com/TvaG3skHQw
— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) October 17, 2022
First ever win for Scotland against West Indies.
Both teams have faced each other 10 times, with the first of them being back in 1906.#T20WorldCup
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) October 17, 2022
— Durham Cricket (@DurhamCricket) October 17, 2022
Another fantastic day for Associates! This time it is SCO.
They have a plucky batting unit – Munsey, Cross, Berrington and co. And some useful pacers.
Leask bowling from round the wicket and Watt from well behind the crease turned out to be decisive factors on a slow deck.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) October 17, 2022
Victories by Associates against Test nations in the first two days of the T20 World Cup. And both absolutely crushing and clinical: a great advert for the 20-team T20 World Cup that is coming in in 2024
— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) October 17, 2022
Glad it’s a 16 team World Cup. The format and the conditions promises to make this, one of the most competitive. #T20WorldCup2022
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) October 17, 2022
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) October 17, 2022
Imagine thinking Sri Lanka and West Indies would be beaten on the opening two days of this World Cup by associates. Incredible. #T20WorldCup
— Scott Bailey (@ScottBaileyAAP) October 17, 2022
Best start to the day – awesome win from the @CricketScotland boys! Amazing 🤩
— Charlotte Tucker (@crltucker) October 17, 2022
Namibia beat Sri Lanka and Scotland beat West Indies.
T20 World Cup 2022 is peaking.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 17, 2022
Scotland WIN by 42 runs!!!!
West Indies bowled out for 118
What a start to the #T20WorldCup , both SL and WI losing their opening games
Well done @CricketScotland
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) October 17, 2022
Mark Watt has played 12 matches in T20 World Cups and has taken 13 wickets at an average of 20.53 and an economy rate of 5.84. #T20WorldCup
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) October 17, 2022
Associate teams get a platform to grab eyeballs and ICC makes sure they don't by scheduling warm-up game of big teams along with them. #T20WorldCup
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) October 17, 2022