Dubai [UAE] : Skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin were among the Indian players who interacted with Scotland cricketers after the team’s thumping in ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja starred with the ball before KL Rahul and Rohit’s firing knocks helped India defeat Scotland by eight wickets. After India’s win, Rohit, Kohli, Bumrah and Ashwin were seen interacting in a “priceless” chat with Scotland players in their dressing room.
Rahul also on Friday interacted with Scotland players. Moments after hitting a 19-ball 50 to take India home against Scotland, Rahul spent time speaking to some of the Scotland players as he shared his experience of playing at the top level against some of the best in the business.
“Huge respect to @imVkohli and co. for taking the time. Priceless,” Scotland Cricket captioned the post in a series of tweets.
Coming back to the game, Chasing 86, India got off to a firing start as the openers registered the fastest team fifty of the ongoing tournament.
India needed to chase 86 runs in 7.1 overs to better their net-run rate from Afghanistan but the Kohli-led side did the needful in 6.3 overs.
“We spoke about the 8-10 over bracket before the start, didn’t want to really go too hard because if you lose wickets, then an extra 20 balls could cost. We thought that if they play naturally, runs will come quickly,” said Kohli after the win.
Having registered a thumping win, Kohli and boys will now be keeping an eye on New Zealand vs Afghanistan match on Sunday.
“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,” said Kohli.
T20 WC: Only way we’re going to improve is by getting games like this, says Kyle Coetzer
Dubai [UAE] : Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer expressed his disappointment as his side got thrashed against India by eight wickets in the Group 2 match of Super 12 stage of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
India chased the target of 86 runs in just 6.3 overs where they needed to chase it in 7.1 overs to better their net-run rate from Afghanistan. “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,” said Kyle Coetzer in a post-match presentation.
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,” he added.
With this win, India moved to the third spot with four points in Group 2.
Chasing 86, India got off to a firing start as the openers registered the fastest team fifty of the ongoing tournament.
Rahul and Rohit kept smashing boundaries as India raced to 70 in the five overs. However, Bradley Wheal removed Rohit on 30 but India kept inching closer to a thumping win.
In the end, India chased down the target in just 6.3 overs, minutes after losing the wicket of Rahul.
Earlier, put in to bat first, Scotland got off to a bad start as they lost two wickets inside the powerplay. The side never really recovered as India starred with the bowl as Scotland were restricted to 85/10 in the Group 2 match.
Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja were the picks of the bowlers as they scalped three wickets each for India.
For Scotland, George Munsey and Michael Leask played the innings of 24 and 21 as no batter of their side crossed the 30-run mark.