In a Group B match of the T20 World Cup here on Monday, Scotland stunned two-time winners West Indies by 42 runs thanks to a flawless all-around performance.

Scotland, which was allowed to bat, amassed a formidable 160 for five off the back of opener George Munsey’s brilliant unbeaten 66 off 53 balls, which was peppered with nine fours. Following West Indies’ collapse for 118 in 18.3 overs, the most successful team in the T20 World Cup, the Scots well defended the score. To still be in the running for the Super 12 stage, West Indies must defeat Zimbabwe in their next encounter on Wednesday. However, to advance to the Super 12 stage, the Richie Berrington-led team must defeat European rivals Ireland.

“However, we have played a lot of 50-over cricket despite not having as many T20 matches as we would have wanted. Transferring such abilities to the short form was the goal “said Berrington.

He continued, praising their spinners’ effort: “They have stepped up for us when we needed them. Watt got off to a strong start and consistently gets the big wickets. Leask bowled his fours consistently and effectively.” Nicholas Pooran, captain of the Windies, expressed disappointment after the defeat “We have to put in a lot of effort and win two games. We must accept responsibility and accountability.”

Scotland’s case was also helped by a 20-minute rain break that occurred as the pace of play at Bellerive Oval slowed. Off-spinner Michael Leask also bowled a commendable 2/15 from his entire allotted overs, while left-arm spinner Mark Watt began the bowling and finished with match-winning statistics of 4-0-12-3.

With little depth and without the powerful Shimron Hetmyer in the middle, the Pooran-led team found it difficult to chase down a target of 161 in the sluggish circumstances.

the Windies are off to a fantastic start thanks to opener Kyle Mayers’ 20 from 13 balls, which included three fours and one six. However, Scotland’s standout batsman Munsey’s outstanding sprinting catch at deep midwicket in the third over put an end to the frenzied start.