India vs Scotland Highlights, T20 World Cup 2021: IND win 8 wickets; better NZ's net run-rate to bolster semis chances
India defeated Scotland by 8 wickets (with 13.3 overs to spare) to bag their second win of the T20 World Cup and surpass New Zealand's net run-rate. In chase of 86, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul got the side off to a blistering start as they brought up the fastest team fifty to take the side to 53/0 after 4 overs. Rohit Sharma was dismissed on 30 before KL Rahul brought up his 50 in 18 balls. He was gone the next ball. However, Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli remained undeterred as they finished the proceedings. India bundled Scotland out for 85 in 17.4 overs. Earlier in the day, they started off very well in the first innings, restricting the Scots to 27/2 by the end of the Powerplay. In the very next over, the 7th, Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets to leave Scotland reeling at 29/4. Jadeja bagged another, while R Ashwin also joined the party as Scotland could only reach 64/6 after 15 overs. Then, Shami came back to pick two more wickets in one over before Bumrah clinched his second wicket of the night to help his side bundled Scotland out very cheaply.
Phew, that was rapid! (Breathes a sigh of relief) India bundled out Scotland on 85 and then chased it down in 6.3 overs to better New Zealand's net run-rate and improve their semifinals hope. For now, this is all we have for you. Thank you so much for joining us. The race for the second semis berth from this group is going right down to the wire.
We will be back tomorrow with the live coverage of the next set of matches. Until then, this is Shivansh Gupta signing off. CIAO!
Virat Kohli, IND captain, speaks, "A dominating performance, something that we were striving to do again. Now it will be interesting to see what happens on 7th (November). Don't want to say a lot about today's performance, we know what we can do. Also tells you how important the toss can be at this venue. We wanted to get them under 110-120 max, that was the mindset we went in with. The bowler were excellent, and then KL and Rohit did really well. We spoke about the 8-10 over bracket before the start, didn't want to really go too hard becaue if you lose wickets, then an extra 20 balls could cost. We thought that if they play naturally, runs will come quickly. If you look at our practice games, we haven't been actually batting like this only. Just a couple of aberrations happened, where we just couldn't got those two successive good overs. Teams bowled well too, and created pressure on us. But we were just two overs of good batting. Jadeja bowled really well, also Shami was quite good. My family is here - that is enough (birthday) celebration for me."
Kyle Coetzer, SCO captain, speaks, "We were outclassed in every department. The only way we're going to improve is by getting games like this. Boys are still going to take something out of this. Mark has been excellent for us all tournament. He has a great set of skills, he has learnt a lot from other spinners too. That's another important reason for us to be in this tournament. He (Leask) is a fantastic striker of the cricket ball, lovely to watch"
"I was enjoying bowling on this track today. The odd ball was turning, I was enjoying very much. The first one was a special one, whenever you get a batsman out with a turning ball, that's always special. We were looking to play good brand of cricket. Everybody knows that we had to win with a big margin for us to up our net run-rate, we were looking to play our best game and give our 100% on the field. Everybody's happy, one more game to go, hopefully we play like this. If we play like this, nobody can beat us. In T20 format, we have to play like this, that is for sure," says Jadeja after receiving the trophy