India hammer Scotland
by eight wickets in
their Group 2 encounter

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DUBAI: India demolished Scotland in Dubai, tying them in knots with the ball after winning the toss and opting to field first, bowling the Scots out for 85.

And in reply KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma starred as India raced to 89/2 in just 6.3 overs, securing the win and a huge net run rate gain boost.

Virat Kohli’s side went into the Group 2 fixture knowing that only a win would keep their qualification hopes alive.

And the quest for that victory got off to a terrific start as four Scotland wickets fell inside the first seven overs after Kohli had won the toss.

India’s spin trio then hammered home the advantage, with Ravindra Jadeja the pick with 3/15 off his four overs, as Scotland succumbed to 85 all out after 17.4 overs.

And the openers put on the quickest 50-run opening stand of the tournament so far, with the chase wrapped up in just 39 deliveries to lift India’s NRR to +1.619, the best in Group 2.

DUBAI: India’s captain Virat Kohli celebrates after win the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match against Scotland, at Dubai International Cricket Ground in Dubai on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Rahul and Rohit put in a devastating display of power-hitting to race to the required target in Dubai.

The impressive Mark Watt took the ball for the start of the Powerplay and leaked just eight runs in a tidy first over. Yet that was as good as it got for Scotland, with every other over going for double-figures as the opening batters tore into the Scottish attack.

Brad Wheal did pick up the wicket of Sharma for 30 off 16 balls, but that barely slowed the scoring, with Rahul reaching his sparkling 50 off just 18 balls in the next over.

The 29-year-old was caught in the deep off Watt, going for a big hit to wrap up the win. And Suryakumar Yadav sealed it in style with a stunning six off his second ball.

Players take knee ahead of match

India and Scotland players on Friday took a knee to show support towards the fight against racism ahead of the Super 12 match of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Coming to the match, India won the toss and opted to bowl against Scotland. Varun Chakravarthy replaced Shardul Thakur for India, while Scotland have played the same team from their last game.

DUBAI: India’s Mohammed Shami appeals for dismissal during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between India and Scotland, at Dubai International Cricket Ground in Dubai on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Scotland is yet to register a victory in the Super 12 stage but they cannot be taken lightly as they gave New Zealand a run for their money on Wednesday.

The Men in Blue also need to keep an eye on their run rate, so one can expect Kohli and team to go hell for leather from ball number one.

India Playing XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Scotland Playing XI: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer(c), Matthew Cross(w), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans, Bradley Wheal (ANI)