With his bowling in the T20 World Cup encounter against the West Indies on Monday, Scotland’s Mark Watt captured the spotlight. With his 24-yard deliveries, Watt tormented the Windies. He sent the balls far beyond the bowling line, making it difficult for the batters to read the ball from his hand.
On Monday at Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Scotland defeated the two-time T20 World Cup winners West Indies thanks to the left-arm spinner’s three important dismissals of Brandon King, Alzarri Joseph, and Odean Smith.
King became Watt’s first target when he threw a 24-yarder at the batter that confused him. Against Joseph and Smith, the left-arm used a similar imitation.
Only four batsmen in the West Indies achieved double digits due to the Scottish bowlers’ accurate length and tempo changes, which pushed the visitors to smash the ball toward the larger portions of the stadium rather than the more desirable hitting distances.
Watt displayed a piece of paper during one of his celebrations, and this too attracted a lot of people’s attention. The Scottish spinner revealed what was written on it on Twitter after the exhilarating triumph.
In the meanwhile, left-arm spinner Watt led a wonderful bowling performance with his outstanding 3/12 to bowl out West Indies for 118 all out in 18.3 overs. George Munsey carried his bat throughout the innings to hammer an unbeaten 66 to help Scotland score an impressive 160/5.
Scotland, which is now in the competition despite just playing two T20 Internationals this year, won by 42 runs. Scotland, who is ranked 15th in men’s T20I rankings, defeated Bangladesh by six runs in their opening 2021 T20 World Cup match in Al Amerat, Oman.
West Indies struggled mightily with the bat while attempting to chase down 161, never gaining any rhythm or momentum. Additionally, they were perplexed as to whether to rotate the strike or hit boundaries as Watt and off-spinner Michael Leask (2/14) split five wickets between them and bowled 27 dot balls.