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Rahul blitz retains India alive with crushing win over Scotland

Rahul blitz keeps India alive with crushing win over Scotland
KL Rahul’s 50 off 19 balls helped India keep alive within the Twenty20 World Cup with an eight-wicket thrashing of Scotland inside seven overs on Friday.

Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami took three wickets every to assist bowl out Scotland for 85 in 17.4 overs after India put the opposition into bat within the Tremendous 12 contest in Dubai.

Rahul and Rohit Sharma, who hit 30, then took the Scotland bowling aside as India raced to their goal in 6.3 overs to radically enhance their run-rate.

They nonetheless must win their final recreation towards Namibia on Monday and rely upon the results of Sunday’s New Zealand-Afghanistan match to have any likelihood of constructing the ultimate 4.

Rahul smashed six fours and three sixes in his batting blitz as he raised the fifty in 18 balls earlier than getting out to Mark Watt.

Sharma fell lbw to Brad Wheal who ended the 70-run opening stand.

Suryakumar Yadav hit the profitable six with skipper Virat Kohli, on his thirty third birthday, relishing the large win on the different finish.

Tempo spearhead Jasprit Bumrah bowled Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer after the batsman’s seven-ball battle on the crease. It was a maiden wicket for Bumrah.

George Munsey counter-attacked as he smashed Ravichandran Ashwin for 3 successive boundaries however Shami minimize quick the opener’s keep on 24.

Jadeja got here on to bowl after the primary six overs of powerplay and made an instantaneous impression with twin strikes to ship again Richie Berrington, bowled with out scoring a run, and Matthew Cross trapped lbw for 2.

With Scotland’s prime 4 again within the dugout at 29, Calum MacLeod and Michael Leask put up some resistance throughout a 29-run stand.

Jadeja broke by means of together with his left-arm spin as he despatched again Leask lbw for 21 and Ashwin acquired Chris Greaves for one.

MacLeod, who made 16, and Mark Watt additionally tried to deliver some respect to the entire however Shami returned to choose up two wickets in a single over and Bumrah wrapped up the innings in 17.4 overs.

Earlier on Friday, New Zealand stayed heading in the right direction for the semi-finals with a 52-run win over Namibia.

Group 2 leaders Pakistan have already made positive of a semi-final place with 4 wins in 4 video games.