West Indies qualify for World Cup 2019 after rains dash Scotland's hopes

Rain helps West Indies edge Scotland to qualify for 2019 ICC World Cup

Windies qualified for the 2019 World Cup after a thrilling five-run DLS win over Scotland in a rain-curtailed encounter at the Harare Sports Complex on Wednesday (March 21), thereby becoming the ninth participating team for the mega-event to be played in England and Wales.

While the result ended Scotland's hopes of featuring in their second successive World Cup and fourth overall since 1999, Afghanistan and Ireland are now back in contention if rain affects Thursday's match between the United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe.

The unsafe Chris Gayle, who announced his return to worldwide cricket with the intention of helping his nation qualify for the World Cup, was out to the very first ball of the match as Safyaan Sharif produced a beauty to have the big-hitting left-hander caught behind to spark big celebrations.

Evin Lewis, who scored 66, and Marlon Samuels who scored 51 were the only batsmen who made significant contributions for the Windies. But Lewis departed and 12 runs later Samuels and Shimron Hetmyer also returned to the hut.

Scotland bowlers maintained a very discipline line and length as is evident from the fact that they delivered 174 dot balls and conceded just 12 fours and three sixes.

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"I'm extremely pleased to get through to the World Cup".

George Munsey was unbeaten on 32 to keep Scotland in the hunt but rain came down in force to end any chances of resumption for them.

However, the departure of Richie Berrington, who was trapped lbw by spinner Ashley Nurse (2-35), for 33 turned out to be crucial, tipping the balance in West Indies' favour.

Samuels fell soon after as Scotland reasserted their grip on the match and thanks to some fine death bowling from Sharif (three for 27) and Wheal (three for 34) they managed to restrict them to just 198, which looked within reach on a good track. Windies beat Scotland by five runs via Duckworth-Lewis Method.

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