World Cup Qualifiers

WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS – SUPER SIXES – MATCH 7 – WEST INDIES VS SCOTLAND – FANTASY PREVIEW

The tournament favorite and two times World Champions West Indies just one step away from booking a birth at England 2019. West Indies takes on Scotland in the seventh Super Sixes match on Tuesday. Scotland which provided shocks and upsets in the tournament, will upset West Indies and collapse their World Cup dream? Super Sixes Match 7 between West Indies vs Scotland is schedule to start at 9:30 AM Local | 1 PM IST on Wednesday, 21st March 2018.

 

WEST INDIES :

As five teams are still having a chance to qualify for World Cup, West Indies meets Scotland in a crucial clash and this could be a must win game for the Windies. With a help of captain Jason Holder’s 4 for 35 and half-centuries by Marlon Samuels (86 runs), Shai Hope (76) and Evin Lewis (64), West Indies overcame the hurdle against Zimbabwe and won that game by 4 wickets on Monday. Now, they are topping Super Sixes points table with 6 points and healthy NRR of +0.529. The win against Scotland will take them not only to final of this qualifiers and also to the mega event in England. The star opener Chris Gayle has played one long innings in 5 matches. He started well other day but failed to convert it in to a big score. This could be his chance and if things are going in his way, we all know what kind of damage he would bring. Evin Lewis is in fine form and scored his second half-century in last 3 innings. Lewis should bat well against a dangerous Scotland bowling attack. At last, Shai Hope scored a half-century in the game against Zimbabwe. He missed out 50-runs mark in previous matches but the young talented batsman batted really well other day.

The most experienced in middle-order Marlon Samuels struggled to score runs in first three innings then he found a way and in last three matches he scored 73*, 36 and 86 runs respectively. He has a role to play once again. With an improvisations by Hope and Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer moved down to 5 in the order against Zimbabwe. Hopefully, he will continue to play at that same position in this clash too. Captain Jason Holder did a great job with both bat and bowl all through the tournament and live up as an example for his team members. He has 14 wickets and 207 runs to his credits. All rounder Rovman Powell takes care of lower middle-order batting with his sensible knocks. He notched a ton and half-ton already at this batting position in the tournament. West Indies tried with two specialist spin bowlers against Zimbabwe but it didn’t work as they expected. As Devendra Bishoo bowled a wicket-less costly spell, they might go back to all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite. Ashley Nurse also bowled an expensive spell but he would keep his place. Keemo Paul and Kemar Roach have shared 5 wickets among them against Zimbabwe on Monday. Hope for no changes in the pace attack.

 

SCOTLAND :

Scotland kick-off their campaign with a surprise victory against Afghanistan and also extended their winning run against Hong Kong and Nepal. Tied the match against the host Zimbabwe and advanced to Super Sixes without facing a defeat. In Super Sixes also they continued their winning run and defeated UAE by 73 runs. But just one loss against Ireland in the last game made their spot jeopardy at the moment. Because of that defeat to Ireland, Kyle Coetzer and his men needs a must win against West Indies. If they fail to win this one, their World Cup dream will be shut down. Lot of talented batsmen lined-up in Scotland batting order and each of them contributed at various situations. Skipper Coetzer is the major impact batsman and he played match-winning knocks match after match with scores like 41*, 88*, 39, 43 and 61 runs respectively. Scotland’s fate relying a lot on his performances in this match. His opening partner, wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Cross scored a fine century against UAE few days ago. Apart from that knock, his highest score was 18 runs. He needs a time to settle, once it done then he will go for big innings.

Batsman Calum MacLeod is playing a very crucial role at no. 3 all through the tournament. He was the major reason for Scotland’s positive start to the tournament. The vice-captain Richie Berrington continue to play , responsible role with both bat and bowl. He contributed with scores 67, 1, 1, 47, 37* and 44 runs respectively. He also picked 4 wickets in 4 innings that he bowled. He must play another big role to overcome the hurdle against West Indies. George Munsey and Craig Wallace are a regular no.5 and 6 for Scotland in this tournament. Among them, Munsey had a decent tournament compare to Wallace who scored only 45 runs in 5 innings. Due to Wallace’s poor show with a bat, the door might be open for Michael Jones. All rounder Michael Leask had a back-to-back bad game and might cause his place as well. The front-line pace Alasdair Evans is expected to be back in the XI for this must win clash. Other pacer Safyaan Sharif has claimed 14 wickets in 6 matches and also scored a crucial 34 runs against Ireland in the last game. Sharif is one of the regular member of this Scotland bowling unit and he will lead the attack once again. Chris Sole who claimed four-fer against UAE, gone expensive against Ireland. Some chances are there for him to lose the place to his brother Tom. Bradley Wheal is the other pace bowler and he cemented his place with a quality bowling. Mark Watt will continue to take care of spin department with his left-arm spin.

 

KEY FANTASY PICKS :

WEST INDIES :

  • Chris Gayle
  • Evin Lewis
  • Shai Hope
  • Marlon Samuels
  • Rovman Powell
  • Keemo Paul
  • Kemar Roach

Top Pick – Jason Holder

 

SCOTLAND :

  • Matthew Cross
  • Richie Berrington
  • Calum MacLeod
  • Michael Leask
  • Safyaan Sharif
  • Mark Watt
  • Bradley Wheal

Top Pick – Kyle Coetzer

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

WEST INDIES :

1. Chris Gayle, 2. Evin Lewis, 3. Shai Hope, 4. Marlon Samuels, 5. Shimron Hetmyer, 6. Rovman Powell, 7. Jason Holder, 8. Carlos Brathwaite, 9. Ashley Nurse, 10. Keemo Paul, 11. Kemar Roach.

SCOTLAND :

1. Kyle Coetzer, 2. Matthew Cross, 3. Calum MacLeod, 4. Richie Berrington, 5. George Munsey, 6. Craig Wallace / Michael Jones, 7. Michael Leask, 8. Safyaan Sharif, 9. Alasdair Evans / Chris Sole, 10. Bradley Wheal, 11. Mark Watt.

 

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan

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