Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - India trounce Scotland to take their NRR past Afghanistan. Ravindra Jadeja returned figures of 3 for 15
Ravindra Jadeja returned figures of 3 for 15
In a nutshell
Success at the toss for Virat Kohli gave India their perfect game as they bundled out Scotland for 85 – via commendable spells from Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. Indian batsmen were tasked with chasing that down in 7.1 overs to take their NRR ahead of Afghanistan's. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul flexed their batting muscles and dispatched Scotland bowlers all around the ground to set up a victory in just 6.3 overs.
The Jasprit Bumrah setup
Jasprit Bumrah kept bowling full and fast to the Scotland openers before mixing it up both his length and speeds. Kyle Coetzer had been pinned to the crease against him, waiting in anticipation of a full ball that he could dead-bat or push through cover. But a length ball came instead, at a slower pace and sneaked past to hit the stumps in just the third over.
The short-lived Ashwin-v-Munsey duel
It lasted just an over, but brought some level-pegged entertainment before Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami wreaked havoc.
The off-spinner vs left-hander was a great match-up for the Indian, but Munsey had plans of thwarting it with switch hits. After Munsey shuffled in the crease and smashed a boundary through cover, Ashwin showed a bit of gamesmanship by stopping short in his run up as Munsey already switched across to play a paddle.
But that didn't earn Ashwin the psychological edge that he would've hoped for. He bowled slower next up in anticipation of a similar attempt, but Munsey did well to connect with his switch hit twice for two more fours. Virat Kohli replaced Ashwin with Shami an over later, when Munsey – still looking to take the attack to India, hit one to Hardik Pandya at mid-on.
Ravindra Jadeja: 24 balls | 12 dots | 15 runs | 3 wickets
“We wanted to bowl today to take full advantage of the conditions. Finally, we won the toss today,” said Jadeja at the half-way stage, after having run all over Scotland's middle-order, who had no answers to balls from the left-arm spinner that either turned or straightened and sneaked up on them.
In the same over, he got a loopy delivery to straighten and beat Richie Berrington's outside edge and then fired a full ball at 99kmph to trap an unsuspecting Matthew Cross leg before. Just an over after the PowerPlay, Scotland were 29 for 4. Michael Leask plotted a brief recovery, even taking on Mohammed Shami in the 11th over, but his decision to attempt a sweep against a Jadeja delivery that wasn't full enough meant Scotland had to start recovery all over again.
The tripe-wicket Shami over
Calum MacLeod and Mark Watt took a stab at it, but could only take it as far as the 17th over, when Shami came back to ruffle feathers. First, he had McLeod bowled with a full, straight ball at searing pace and then saw the back of Alasdair Evans with a yorker. Between these two dismissals, Safyaan Sharif was run out. Bumrah returned to put in the finishing touches with a yorker of his own, dismissing Mark Watt.
India's NRR lift
Virat Kohli & Co. had to chase down Scotland's 85 all out in 7.1 overs to take their Net Run Rate beyond Afghanistan's. KL Rahul ensured they got it well within that time with a sensational 19-ball half-century, that included six fours and three sixes. Rohit Sharma got 30 off 16 too as Scotland bowlers made the mistake of going too full and paying the price. Though they dismissed both the openers, India were well-placed to finish the game in 6.3 overs
Brief Scores: Scotland 85 in 17.4 overs (George Munsey 24, Michael Leask 21; Ravindra Jadeja 3-15, Mohammed Shami 3-15, Jasprit Bumrah 2-10) lost to India 89/2 in 6.3 overs (KL Rahul 50, Rohit Sharma 30) by 8 wickets
What next for the teams?
India will spend their Sunday watching New Zealand and Afghanistan have an impact on their fate in the tournament. If New Zealand win, India's campaign will be over even before they take the field against Namibia on Monday. Should Afghanistan win, India will have a real shot at dramatically sneaking into the semis. Scotland play the other fixture on Sunday, against Pakistan.