The Scottish have had a bad history when it comes to qualifying. But, this time their balanced squad has pierced through their competition to reach the Super 12, beating Bangladesh, Oman and PNG. They will now be grouped with the likes of India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and one more team from Group A.
For Scotland, Davey, Sharif, and Leask shined the brightest in the first innings, taking out the likes of Jatinder Singh, Ilyas, and more.
After the major wickets it became seemingly easy for the Scottish. Limiting Oman to only 122, the match was heading towards the amazing Scotland side. Munsey and Coetser opened the batting for Scotland. They set up the batting pretty well with Coetser scoring 41 and playing the captain’s innings, and Munsey scoring 20 runs. These two were the only wickets Oman could take, as Cross and Berrington got Scotland through with 26 and 31 runs respectively.
Berrington finished things off in style as he drilled a six through deep midwicket to change the luck of the Scottish. It remains to be seen how Scotland can perform against the likes of giants like New Zealand and India.
Multiple players got 50s against the former champions, West Indies, as the Afghan boys went up against them in a thriller of a match. After Afghanistan gave a target of 190, it seemed like the West Indian batting line up could achieve that easily, given the conditions of the ground. Alas, they were bowled out at only 133.
Although the match was a warm up match, it showed the clear gaps in the West Indies bowling attack and also the imbalanced batting line up.
Afghanistan’s Zazai and Shahzad both scored 50s, scoring 56 and 54, respectively. While, from the bowling side, the big man, Mohammad Nabi took 3 wickets conceding only 2 runs for it. Bowling a whopping 22 dot balls out of a total of 24 balls, Nabi lit up the Afghan faces. With a rate of 91.67% dot balls, Nabi is becoming one of the most dangerous bowlers in this world cup.
With a horrible start, West Indies after 7 overs were at only 27 runs, and had lost 3 major wickets. Chase scored an unbeaten 54* after Pooran lost out at 35. Even a returning Andre Russell couldn’t save the Indies in this match, with most of his shots not connecting properly with his bat.
The former champs enter the tournament now with both warm up matches lost, one against Pakistan and the second against Afghanistan