India’s bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah made light work of the Scotland batting unit by bundling them out for just 85 in 17.4 overs in the Super 12 game of the ICC T20 World Cup on Friday. Bumrah (2/10), wreaked havoc among the Scottish batters in his first spell. He surpassed Yuzvendra Chahal (65 scalps) to now become India’s highest wicket-taker in the shortest version. Ashwin is third with 55 wickets from 48 matches and is followed by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (50 wickets from 52) and Ravindra Jadeja (43 wickets from 54 matches).
The right-arm speedster achieved this milestone when he bagged the wicket of Scotland’s Mark Watt in the 18th over. Bumrah took 54 matches to achieve this feat. Bumrah had made his T20 debut against Australia, at Adelaide in January 2016.
Spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3/15), recorded the fourth-best by an Indian spinner in a T20 World Cup match. Jadeja varied the pace of his deliveries but occasionally bowled the ones that skid through the surface hurrying the batters.
On Friday, it was also the fourth occasion when two Indian bowlers took three-plus wickets (each) in a T20 World Cup match. (Jadeja/Shami).
Scotland’s previous poor show with willow against weaker teams like Namibia and Afghanistan was an indicator that they wouldn’t do any better against India. Once half the side was out with less than 60 on the board, the lower order was caught between survival and attack.
Chasing the paltry target, India scored 50 in four overs, the quickest they have reached 50 runs in a T20I.
Meanwhile, Rahul hit an 18-ball 50 as India thumped Scotland by 8-wickets. Rahul registered the 2nd fastest fifty by an Indian batsman at the World Cups.
(With PTI inputs)
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