‘Aise din dekhne padhenge ye pata nahi tha’ – Fans react as West Indies fail to qualify for ODI World Cup 2023

 ‘Aise din dekhne padhenge ye pata nahi tha’ – Fans react as West Indies fail to qualify for ODI World Cup 2023

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West Indies touched an all-time low as they became the first team to be knocked off the 2023 ODI World Cup Qualifiers. This would be the first time in the history of cricket that the Carribeans are missing any edition of the ODI World Cup. They had already lost to the hosts Zimbabwe and the Netherlands, and on Saturday, July 1, they were bowled out for only 181 and lost by seven wickets against Scotland, which eliminated them from the competition.

After Brandon King opened the match with two boundaries in the first over, Brandon McMullen quickly got rid of Shamarh Brooks and Johnson Charles for ducks to get the West Indies team off to a poor start. West Indies was restricted to 25/3 after McMullen’s second wicket of King, which came after he smashed him for two boundaries.

McMullen and Cross guided Scotland to victory

As Scotland put the West Indies in serious difficulty, the struggle continued as the key batters, including Nicholas Pooran, captain Shai Hope, and Kyle Mayers, left without contributing. When West Indies were 81/6, the situation appeared to be hopeless before all-rounders Jason Holder and Romario Shepherd stitched a vital  77 runs partnership for the seventh wicket to stabilize the innings, but in the end, Scotland dismissed the entire team for 181.

Holder hit the first ball in the effort, giving his team a little chance. However, McMullen once more rescued Scotland during the powerplay when he contributed over 125 runs for the second wicket to put an end to West Indies’ dreams. In the powerplay, McMullen and Matthew Cross took their time and only made 40 runs. Scotland had plenty of time to complete the task with just 182 runs to achieve. To make matters worse, Mayers dropped McMullen on a score of 21, and he then went on to score big.

McMullen struck a boundary to reach his fifty off 85 deliveries as Scotland scored 94 runs in the first powerplay. Cross next faced Kevin Sinclair and hit a hat-trick of boundaries before reaching a fifty-run stand in 68 balls. Shepherd eventually put an end to the 125-run partnership, but Cross stayed in the crease all the way through to help his team to victory.

Here’s how fans reacted:


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