Dubai: Fast bowler Mohammed Shami (3 for 15), left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3 for 15), Jasprit Bumrah (two for 10) and Ravichandran Ashwin (one wicket for 28 runs) were excellent bowling and openers. Lokesh Rahul (50) and Rohit Sharma (30) thrashed Scotland by eight wickets in a one-sided fashion in a group two match of the ICC T20 World Cup on Friday.

After India bundled out Scotland for 85 runs in 17.4 overs, India won the match by scoring 89 for two in 6.3 overs. With this spectacular win, India have moved past Afghanistan to the third place in the group table in terms of net run rate. India’s Net Run Rate Plus has reached 1.619 while Afghanistan’s Net Run Rate Plus is 1.481. India’s run rate before the start of the match was .076.

If we look at the net run rate, now India is the best team in its group. Now the Indian fans just have to pray that if somehow Afghanistan beat New Zealand, then in the end they should know how many runs or how many balls they have to win Namibia.

This is also India’s biggest win with the ball remaining. India won this match with 81 balls to spare.

Rahul made the fastest fifty of this World Cup in an aggressive manner in 18 balls. Rahul scored 50 runs in 19 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes, while Rohit hit 30 runs in 16 balls with five fours and a six. Suryakumar Yadav hit the winning six and remained unbeaten on six. Captain Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on two runs and today he celebrated his birthday with a win. Jadeja was given the player of the match award for his brilliant bowling.

India’s last match is to be against Namibia on Monday, but before that, Afghanistan’s match with New Zealand on Sunday will decide India’s direction.

Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss on his birthday and decided to bowl first. For Scotland, George Mansi played the highest innings of 24 runs in 19 balls with the help of four fours and a six. Callum McLeod made 16 runs off 28 balls without any boundary, Michael Lisk made 21 runs in 12 balls with two fours and a six and Mark Watt made 14 runs in 13 balls with two fours. Other batsmen were dismissed cheaply and the entire Scottish team was bundled out for 85 runs.

Jadeja dismissed Richie Barrington and Matthew Cross in the seventh over of the innings while Shami sent Callum McLeod and Alasdair Evans to the pavilion in the 17th over. Evans’ account didn’t even open. On the second ball of the same over of Shami, Safiyan Sharif was run out for zero by Ishan Kishan.

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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