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India vs Scotland, Team India report card: Virat Kohli’s side brushes aside with Minnows


India barely sweated on Friday when they a comprehensive victory by eight wickets over Scotland in the Super 12 Phase of the T20 World Cup in Dubai, victory in only 39 balls in the chase. India won the toss and bowled first and packed Scotland for 85, with Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami both taking three wickets each and Jasprit Bumrah claiming two. In response, KL Rahul scored a quick fifty and put India along with fellow opening batsman Rohit Sharma on the verge of victory. India quickly lost both opening batsmen in a row before Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav clinched the victory.

Here is our report card of Team India’s performance against Scotland:

1) KL Rahul (50) – 9/10

His 19-ball 50 helped set up a successful run chase in less than seven overs, which helped lift India’s net run rate above that of New Zealand and Afghanistan.

2) Rohit Sharma (30) – 7/10

The veteran opening batsman combined well with Rahul at the start of India’s innings and struck some delightful shots of his own.

3) Virat Kohli (2 *)

The captain did not have to do much in India’s innings, but his decision-making throughout the match seemed spot on.

4) Suryakumar Yadav (6 *)

Suryakumar hit the six for India on Friday but had little to do with the bat as his team were already on the verge of a victory when he arrived on the field.

5) Rishabh Pant (DNB)

The wicketkeeper-batsman did not have to bat, but did not put a foot wrong with his maintenance duties.

6) Hardik Pandya (DNB)

The versatile player could not bat or bowl, but did take two catches to remove George Munsey and Chris Greaves.

7) Ravindra Jadeja (3/15) – 9/10

A masterful performance with the ball by Jadeja was crucial to India’s victory on Friday. He got the third, fourth and fifth wickets of the Scottish innings and the minnows could never recover from the blows.

8) Ravichandran Ashwin (1/29) – 6/10

Ashwin took some heat in the midfield just as the Scotland batsmen tried to boost their run. He did get the wicket from Chris Greaves.

9) Mohammed Shami (3/15) – 9/10

The experienced pacer put in an excellent performance when he finished with figures of 3/15, albeit in three overs. He removed George Munsey, Calum MacLeod and Alasdair Evans.

10) Jasprit Bumrah (2/10) – 8/10

Another economic game from Bumrah that also included two wickets – that of Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer and backhand Mark Watt.

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11) Varun Chakaravarthy (0/15) – 7/10

The spinner did not return with a wicket, but also did not give away too many runs in his three overs.

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