ICC T20 WC: India crush Scotland to up their run-rate
India thrashed Scotland by eight wickets in the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup to keep their hopes of making the semi-final alive.
After being asked to bat Scotland was shot out for just 85 in 17.4 overs and in response India overhauled the target in just 6.3 overs to finish on 89 for two.
India's run-rate moved past New Zealand and Afghanistan, but are still in third place.
Earlier, Scotland started off slowly, but were soon in trouble. They swiftly collapsed to 29 for four. Then there was a 29 run fifth wicket stand between Michael Leask and Callum MacLeod. Then there was a brief resistance from Mark Watt, but it was too little too late. The score moved from 81 for six to 81 for nine because in the 17th over three wickets off the first three balls of Mohammed Shami's over. The innings finally folded up for mere 85 in 17.4 overs.
For India the best bowlers were Ravindra Jadeja (3-15) and Mohammed Shami (3-15).
The chase for India was swift. Openers Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma got off to a flying start. They added 70 for the opening wicket. Rahul was quickly off the blocks as he reached 50 off just 19 balls with six boundaries and three sixes. Sharma scored 30 off 16 balls with five boundaries and a six. India reached 82 for two in the powerplay and achieved the target in the seventh over, reaching the win in just 39 balls. This was the third biggest win in the history of T20 World Cup in temrs of balls to spare. India had 81 balls more to score the winning run.
Scotland: 85 (17.4)
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Kyle Coetzer-2.3 ov), 2-27 (George Munsey-5.2 ov), 3-28 (Richie Berrington-6.3 ov), 4-29 (Matthew Cross-6.6 ov), 5-58 (Michael Leask-11.2 ov), 6-63 (Chris Greaves-13.4 ov), 7-81 (Calum MacLeod-16.1 ov), 8-81 (Safyaan Sharif-16.2 ov), 9-81 (Alasdair Evans-16.3 ov), 10-85 (Mark Watt-17.4 ov)
India: 89-2 (6.3)
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Rohit Sharma-4.6 ov), 2-82 (KL Rahul-5.6 ov)
Result: India won by eight wickets
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakravathy
Scotland: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (captain), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Michael Leask, Matthew Cross (wicket-keeper), Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans, Brad Wheal
Toss: India, elected to field
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Start time: 1800 hrs UAE time
Match officials: Marais Erasmus, Rod Tucker (On-field Umpires); Joel Wilson (TV Umpire); Adrian Holdstock (Reserve Umpire); Jeff Crowe (Match-referee)