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Scotland celebrated a shock win over the West Indies

Mark Watt insists Scotland have “unfinished business” at the T20 World Cup and would welcome a challenge against England in the next round.

Scotland got off to a good start to the first round with a shock win over dual champions West Indies in Hobart on Monday, while a win against Ireland on Wednesday would guarantee their progress to the Super 12.

If Scotland miss out on top spot, they will enter the English Super 12 group with the consolation of being runners-up, with the Battle of Britain taking place in front of the 100,000-capacity MCG on October 26.

Michael Leask was among Scotland's wicket takers in the win over West Indies

Michael Leask among Scotland’s wicket-takers in win over West Indies

“I love it,” Watt said in his pregame press conference on Tuesday. “I didn’t know that was the case, so yeah, I’ll take a second now.”

Scotland beat Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and Oman in the first round last year before losing every Super 12 game and Watt is keen to overturn that record.

“I want to repeat what we did last year and move into the proper group stages,” he added. “We have unfinished business in this tournament. We know we didn’t play our best game last year. We still don’t.

“Even though we beat the West Indies, we haven’t played our best cricket yet and we have something to prove. That is the main focus now. “

Watt – who took 3-12 against the West Indies – said Scotland were still ‘buzzing’ from their 42-point win at a chilly Bellerive Oval in their third T20I since last year’s World Cup, as Ireland looked to bounce back. Defeated by 31 points against Zimbabwe.

Irish all-rounder George Dockrell said: “These games come so fast. Try to recover from the loss as much as possible. Obviously that’s not ideal, and that’s not how you want to start the match.

“We’ve got two games in the next four days and it’s our job to go out and give it our all and that’s what we’ll do.”

Although he first emerged as a gifted left-arm spinner, Dockrell is rarely called upon to bowl T20Is for Ireland these days, instead being deployed as a striker in the intermediate order.

But the 30-year-old is happy to tip his hand if asked: “I’m always up for bowling. I will continue to train and make sure I am ready when the opportunity arises. “

Watch T20 World Cup live on Sky Sports. Watch Scotland v Ireland live on Sky Sports Cricket from 4.30am on Wednesday, before West Indies v Zimbabwe from 8.30am.

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