T20 World Cup 2021: Ace Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah, on Friday, piped Yuzvendra Chahal to become India’s leading wicket-taker in the Twenty20 Internationals. Bumrah picked up two wickets in his 3.4 overs against Scotland by giving away mere 10 runs.
The pacer now stands at 64 T20I wickets in total 54 T20I he has played for India while leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has totalled 63 scalps under his belt in the shortest format.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who got his place in India’s T20I side after four long years, is third on the list with 55 wickets. While swing king Bhuvneshwar Kumar is ranked fourth on that elite list.
Both Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah along with other Indian bowlers contributed to bundle out Scotland for mere 85 runs, last night, in Dubai International Stadium. Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammad Shami were the picks of the bowlers as they scalped three wickets apiece while Jasprit Bumrah picked two and Ashwin got one for his bag.
Virat Kohli won the toss, to everyone’s surprise, and invited Scotland to bat first on the tricky Dubai surface.
In pursuit of a below modest total, Indian openers charged right from over one and chased down the target with just three balls being bowled outside the powerplay. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma slammed 16 balls 30 while KL Rahul whacked a well-crafted half-century from 18 deliveries to ink his name in the record books of the fastest half-century in the T20 World Cups.
Scotland bowlers managed to send both the Indian openers back to the hut, but not before they did the majority of destruction to make things fairly easy for the two incoming batters. Suryakumar Yadav finished the match with a straight down the ground six.
The Men in Blue sealed the match in just 6.3 overs and went past the net run rate of Afghanistan and New Zealand. In fact, team India (net run rate +1.619) has the best net run rate amongst Group 2 teams.
In spite of commanding wins over Afghanistan and Scotland, India’s T20 World Cup semi-final hopes still reside with Afghanistan. New Zealand and Afghanistan will play their last Group stage match on November 7 and if the kiwis manage to win the match, they will head to the semi-final, crushing India’s hopes, however, if Afghanistan wins the battle, India will have their doors open to pip New Zealand from their way and move to the Semi-Finals along with Pakistan from Group 2.
After New Zealand vs Afghanistan on November 7, India will face Namibia in its last group stage match on November 8 at the Dubai International Stadium.