India outclassed Scotland in every department and in the process, hugely boosted their NRR.
Now they just need to win their last game against Namibia and hope that Afghanistan beat New Zealand but with a lesser margin.
Virat Kohli the birthday boy finally won the toss and he elected to bowl first.
The Indian bowlers started well. Bumrah bowled out the Scottish skipper with a splendid slower ball.
G. Munsey was looking very good; he smashed a brilliant six off Bumrah in the very first over.
He then hit 3 consecutive fours in Ashwin’s over but he was dismissed on 24(19).
While trying to play a shot towards long-on, he was caught on mid-on by Hardik Pandya off M. Shami in the 6th over.
Scotland ended their power play on a score of 27-2, having played two maiden overs in the power play.
Jadeja shines with the ball
After the brilliant start by Bumrah and Shami, Jadeja joined the party and destroyed the Scottish middle order with sublime off-spin bowling.
He dismissed both the main batters of Scotland, Berrington and M. Cross in the same over.
He then dismissed the dangerous-looking Leask in the 12th over of the innings.
Jadeja ended his spell with 3 wickets for 15 runs in his 4 overs.
Out-classed by Indian bowlers
Scotland scored just 44 runs with the loss of 4 wickets and lost half their side for just 58 runs.
Shami destroyed the lower order with his unplayable yorkers and also picked up 3 wickets for 15 runs from his 3 overs.
The whole Scotland team was dismissed on just 85 runs in 17.4 overs and Munsey was the top scorer with 24 runs.
All the Indian bowlers were superb especially Jadeja and Shami who both picked up 3 wickets.
Ashwin picked up 1 wicket for 29 runs in 4 overs.
Bumrah bagged 2 wickets for just 10 runs in 3.4 overs.
India got a huge NRR boost
India was required to chase down the target of 85 in 7.1 overs to surpass Afghanistan’s NRR.
India managed to do that in just 6.3 overs.
Both the Indian openers started superbly and they smashed the Scottish bowling with some great hitting.
Rohit Sharma (30 runs off 16 balls) was dismissed on the last ball of the fifth over.
KL Rahul played a sensational knock and scored the fourth fastest fifty in T20 world cup history.
He completed his half-century in just 18 balls including 6 fours and 3 sixes.
Rahul once again proved that he is one of the finest white balls players in the world right now.
Fastest 50s in T20 World Cups (By balls)
12 balls Yuvraj Singh v England Durban 2007
17 balls Stephan Myburgh v Ireland Sylhet 2014
18 balls Glenn Maxwell v Pakistan Mirpur 2014
18 balls KL Rahul v Scotland Dubai 2021
Highest Power play scores by India
India scored 82 runs in the power play which is their highest ever.
82/2 v Scotland Dubai 2021
78/2 v South Africa Johannesburg 2018
77/1 v Sri Lanka Nagpur 2009
76/1 v New Zealand Johannesburg 2007
|Scotland 17.4 overs 85 all out||India 6.3 overs 89-2|
|Munsey 24 (19)||KL Rahul 50 (19)|
|Leask 21 (12)||R. Sharma 30 (16)|
|McLeod 16 (28)||S.Yadav 6* (2)|
|Jadeja 3-15||M. Watt 1-20|
|Shami 3-15||B. Wheal 1-32|