After getting a comprehensive victory against Afghanistan, India is now gearing up for the battle against Scotland. Virat Kohli and co. are looking forward to continuing their stupendous form from the last game and keeping their semifinal hopes alive. Finally, Virat Kohli won the toss for the first time in this tournament and elected to bowl first.
The equation is simple for India. It needs to win matches with big margins. As it is bowling first, India will be planning to restrict Scotland for a low score and chase the target as soon as possible. If the Net Run Rate is improved, India’s chances of qualifying for the semifinals will be a bit more. However, Afghanistan needs to beat New Zealand in order to make India be in contention for the semifinals. India made only one change. They brought back Varun Chakravarthy and rested Shardul Thakur.
On the flip side, Scotland has put up a commendable effort against New Zealand in its last game. They took the game till the last over and lost it by just 16 runs. So, they can’t be ignored at all. Thus, Indian bowlers need to come hard during the initial overs and try to grab as many wickets as possible. India is going with three spinners and that is a clear indication of its plan to attack Scottish batters with a turning ball.
Here are the playing XI of both teams:
Scotland (Playing XI): George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer(c), Matthew Cross(w), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans, Bradley Wheal
India (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah