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ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - Super Sixes Match 7 - Windies v Scotland

Windies will be hoping for the 'Universe Boss' to come good
Windies will be hoping for the 'Universe Boss' to come good
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Game: 7th Match, Super Sixes, Windies v Scotland
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Timings: 07:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM Local

Both Windies and Scotland will aim to qualify for the World Cup when they take on each other in the seventh game of the Super Sixes at Harare Sports Club.

Scotland are with five points and a win will take them to seven which will be sufficient for them to get the prized qualification to the 2019 World Cup while a defeat is sure to end their hopes as one of Ireland and Afghanistan are definite to go to six points when the two teams meet each other in the final game of the stage while a Zimbabwe win against UAE can take the hosts to seven points. So the equation is quite simple for Kyle Coetzer's men and they will be hoping to brush aside their 25-run defeat to Ireland in the previous game where they allowed Andy Balbirnie and Kevin O'Brien to take the game away from them. Coetzer has been consistent for them with the bat while Matthew Cross and Callum MacLeod have shown individual brilliance in different games but for them to beat the two-time champions, one of the top three needs to get a big century.

Windies are sitting comfortable with six points from four games but they would not like to leave their fate at the hand of the other teams. A win will take them to eight points and will book a berth in the 2019 World Cup while a defeat will more or less end their hope of featuring in the showpiece event as they need to bank on UAE to defeat Zimbabwe and also hope Ireland or Afghanistan do not go past their net-run-rate which is unlikely. The way they chased 290 against Zimbabwe will give them a lot of confidence and it was Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels and Shai Hope, who helped them remain alive in the tournament. Chris Gayle has shown sparks of his form but if he gets going, there will be no opponent, who can withstand his firepower.

Squads:

Scotland: Matthew Cross (wk), Kyle Coetzer (captain), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Michael Leask, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Chris Sole, Bradley Wheal, Alasdair Evans, Michael Jones, Stu Whittingham, Tom Sole

Windies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (captain), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Jason Mohammed, Carlos Brathwaite, Nikita Miller, Kesrick Williams

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