India chased down Scotland's target of 86 in 6.3 overs to register an emphatic 8-wicket win in their penultimate Super 12 match of ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021.
Led by KL Rahul 50 (19) and Rohit Sharma's 30 (16) India put on a 70-run opening partnership to make light work of the Scottish bowlers.
In the process, India reached six points from four matches and improved their net run-rate to +1.619, the best amongst all teams in Group 2. They will now hope that Afghanistan beats New Zealand on Sunday to keep their qualification hopes alive.
Earlier in the evening, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammad Shami bagged three wickets each to skittle Scotland for a below-par total of 85.
Here's how the match unfolded.
India move to third spot on the table!
The victory over Scotland has not just given India a win but has significantly boosted their net run-rate. All eyes will now be on the Afghanistan vs New Zealand clash on November 7. That match will decide India's fate in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
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That's it..India win by 8 wickets!
What a finish from India. They have reached the total in just 6.3 overs. At +1. 619 they now have the best net run-rate in Group 2!
Wicket! Watt gets rid of KL Rahul!
KL Rahul looks to finish off with a big six. Ends up mistiming the ball only to hand a simple catch to the fielder at long-on. Rahul departs for a well-made 50 (19).
Highest Powerplay totals in T20 World Cups
91/1 Netherlands v Ireland, Sylhet 2014
89/3 England v South Africa, Mumbai 2016
83/0 West Indies v Australia, The Oval 2009
83/0 South Africa v England, Mumbai 2016
82/2 India v Scotland, Dubai 2021
Fastest fifty for India in T20 World Cups!
12 - Yuvraj v England, 2007
18 - KL Rahul v Scotland, 2021
19 - Gambhir v Sri Lanka, 2009
20 - Yuvraj v Australia, 2007
20 - Yuvraj v Sri Lanka, 2009
Fifty for KL Rahul!
What an innings from KL Rahul. He has played a blinder of an innings in a crucial game for India. India just moments away from clinching an incredible win.
Need just 4 more runs...
Out! Rohit Sharma departs!
Good yorker from Bradley Wheal as Rohit is caught plumb in front of the stumps. Much-needed respite for Scottish bowlers. Rohit Sharma goes for a well-played 30 (16).
India 70/1 in 5 overs
Runs flowing fast for India at Dubai!
Rohit-Rahul carnage continues as Scotland seem to have no clue to stem the flow of runs. India racing along towards the target.
India need just 16 more to win!
India bring up their quickest fifty in T20I cricket!
Safyaan Sharif in the middle of the carnage as he too is taken apart by Rohit Sharma in his very first over. India cruising along here. Only 33 more needed now for victory.
India 53/0 in 4 overs
16 off Alasdair Evans over!
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma have made their intentions clear. India looking to chase down the total as quickly as possible to bolster their net run-rate. Another Scotland bowler faces the wrath of the two Indian openers.
India 39/3 in 3 overs