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West Indies latest former giant to fall to massive T20 World Cup upset

Two-time tournament champions West Indies have crashed to a shock 42-run defeat against Scotland in their T20 World Cup opener in Hobart — the second major upset inside two days at the global showpiece tournament.

The Caribbean side — who won the event in 2012 and 2016 — were bundled out for 118, chasing 161 to beat the Scots a day after former champions Sri Lanka lost their Group A opener to Namibia.

Left-arm spinner Mark Watt, who took 3-12, and off-spinner Michael Leask, with figures of 2-15, sealed victory for the associate team, who earlier rode opener George Munsey’s unbeaten 66 to post 5-160 in the Group B match on Monday.

Jason Holder, who picked up two wickets with the ball, waged a lone battle for West Indies with a knock of 38 but it was not enough.

Scotland, who defeated another Test-playing nation in Bangladesh in the last T20 World Cup in 2021, outplayed West Indies in all departments.

George Munsey on his way to posting an unbeaten 66 against the West Indies in Hobart.(AFP / David Gray)

“Obviously, it is a special win for us,” their captain Richard Berrington said.

“There’s a lot of hard work that has gone into to get to this point over the last 12 months.

“We haven’t had as much T20 cricket as we would have liked but have played a lot of 50-overs cricket. It was about transferring those skills to the short form.”

A batsman goes down on one knee as he plays a shot
Sikandar Raza hit five sixes and five fours as Zimbabwe beat Ireland.(AFP / David Gray)

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