T20 World Cup: India beat Scotland by 8 wickets: Net run rate ahead of Afghanistan and New Zealand in semis race
India bowled out the Scottish for 85 in just 17.4 overs and then chased down the target in 51 balls to clinch third place from Afghanistan thanks to their superior net run rate.
India (89/2 in 6.3 overs) beat Scotland (85) by 8 wickets
India needed to chase down the target in 7.1 ovs to overtake Afghanistan and New Zealand’s NRRs
The win was India’s biggest in terms of balls to spare (81) in T20I cricket
Team India gave captain Virat Kohli the perfect birthday present on Thursday as they crushed Scotland by 8 wickets in Dubai to register their second successive win in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and keep their campaign alive in the Super 12s.
India bowled out the Scottish for 85 in 17.4 overs and then chased down the target in just 51 balls to clinch third place from Afghanistan thanks to their superior net run rate in Group 2.
India needed to get to the target in 7.1 overs to overtake Afghanistan and New Zealand’s NRR which they managed to do thanks to the destructive opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who went after the bowlers from the word go.
The duo added 70 in 5 overs before Rohit got out for 30. Rahul then went on to complete the second-fastest fifty by an Indian in T20 World Cups, getting to the landmark in 18, balls but couldn’t stay till the end as he looked for the big shots.
Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli then finished the job in the 7th over with a six to end the match and collect two important points and keep their hopes of reaching the semifinals alive in the United Arab Emirates.
India will now hope for an Afghanistan victory against New Zealand to stand a chance of advancing to the semifinals. If Mohammed Nabi’s side does manage to stun Kane Williamson’s Blackcaps then India only have to win against Namibia in their final Super 12 game on November 7 to progress into the semis.
Tonight’s win however, was mainly set up by the bowlers Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami, in particular, with the duo bagging 3 wickets each while Jasprit Bumrah (2 for 10) Ravichandran Ashwin (1 for 29) played the supporting roles in an all-round bowling performance.
Jadeja and Shami both registered career-best figures of 3 for 15 from their 4 overs each in T20 internationals. Winning the toss for the first time in the tournament and bowling first also helped India’s cause in Dubai.