Sports, Cricket

India, NZ stay in the hunt

By Reuters
Published : 06 Nov 2021 10:01 PM | Updated : 07 Nov 2021 05:04 PM

Former Twenty20 World Cup champions India kept alive their slim chances of making the semifinals with an eight-wicket rout of Scotland in their Super 12 Group II match on Friday.

Virat Kohli elected to field after winning his first toss of the tournament and the 2007 title holders bundled out the Scots for 85 in 17.4 overs at the Dubai International Stadium.

KL Rahul blasted an 18-ball fifty as India chased down the paltry target in 6.3 overs for their second win in four matches.

Unbeaten Pakistan have already qualified from the group with eight points.

Importantly for Kohli's team, they now have the best net run-rate in the group should it be required in case of any qualification logjam.

India's fate in the tournament is beyond their control after thrashings by Pakistan and New Zealand in their first two games.

Kohli's men snapped their losing streak against Afghanistan but must handsomely win Monday's final group match against Namibia and hope Afghanistan beat New Zealand to have any hope of reaching the last four.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand batsmen Glenn Phillips and Jimmy Neesham launched a late assault on Namibia that secured an important 52-run win in Sharjah on Friday and boosted their hopes of reaching the semifinals.

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