New Delhi. The Indian team will look to win another ‘do or die’ match against Scotland in the T20 World Cup 2021 with the intention of winning by a huge margin. After the 66-run win over Afghanistan, India’s eyes will be on maintaining that momentum. India (India vs Scotland) against Scotland will not only have to register a win but also win by a huge margin to improve the run rate and expect the results of other teams to be in their favour. India’s run-rate has also worsened due to the crushing defeat in the first two matches against Pakistan and New Zealand. For India now every match is like a knockout.
Pakistan have reached the semi-finals with four consecutive victories and the chances of New Zealand also reaching from Group 2 are strong. By the way, if New Zealand loses to Namibia or Afghanistan, then India’s hopes can be made. However, the Indian team would like to focus on what is in their hands. In such a situation, the eyes of Virat Kohli and the team are on defeating Scotland by a huge margin. Both India’s batsmen and bowlers, who failed against Pakistan and New Zealand, did well against Afghanistan. After the controversial decision to land at number three, Rohit Sharma was again introduced to the innings and he showed his form by scoring a brilliant half-century. Rohit admitted after the match that some decisions went wrong in the first two matches but said it was due to the mental fatigue caused by playing continuous cricket.
Team India strengthened by Ashwin’s return
Rohit, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya all scored against Afghanistan. The batting has strengthened with the arrival of Suryakumar Yadav, who returned to the team after being out in the match against New Zealand. Apart from him, Ravindra Jadeja also proves useful in the lower order. Ravichandran Ashwin, playing a T20 match after four years in bowling, took two wickets for 14 runs in four overs. He was finally given a place in the playing XI after his decision to keep him out was criticized. Captain Virat Kohli said after the match, “Ashwin’s comeback was very positive. He has worked hard for this. He showed this control and rhythm in the IPL as well. Apart from being smart, he is also a wicket-taker.
Pandya-Shardul proved to be very expensive
Ashwin was dropped due to an injury to spinner Varun Chakraborty , although Chakraborty ‘s failure to withstand the pressure of international cricket has become evident and he is now unable to play further . Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah also bowled well. India’s problem is of the 5th bowler. Shardul Thakur, who was included in the team in place of Bhuvneshwar, has failed completely. Shardul has bowled 4.3 overs in the last two matches and conceded 48 runs without taking any wickets. Pandya has also given 40 runs in 4 overs against New Zealand-Afghanistan while he has not got any success.
As far as Scotland is concerned, wicketkeeper Matthew Cross told bowler Chris Greaves in the stump mic during the match against New Zealand that the whole of India was supporting him. New Zealand had defeated them by 16 runs, although if Scotland had won, India’s path would have been easier.
The two teams are as follows:
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakraborty, Rahul Chahar
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (Captain), Richie Berrington, Dylan Buzz, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Chris Greaves, Michael Leask, Callum McLeod, George Muncy, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Bradley Wheel.