T20 World Cup: India captain Virat Kohli wins toss, opts to field vs Scotland
- India need to beat Scotland to keep their slim chances of qualifying to the semis open
- Scotland will be hoping to cause an upset
- The India vs Scotland match wis being played in Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Birthday boy Virat Kohli broke his toss jinx and finally managed to win one. After winning the toss, Kohli and his team invited Scotland to bat at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, on Friday night. In order to keep their slim chances of making it to the ICC men's T20 World Cup semis, India will have to win their remaining matches with a huge margin.
For the time being, this is the scenario: If Scotland score 160, India need to gun it down in 11.3 overs to get their NRR to +1.000. Should they overhaul the target in 7.4 overs, they can get their NRR past that of Afghanistan.
"We are going to bowl first. Dew is going to be a big factor. Try and restrict them and chase it down convincingly if the situation allows us to. Winning my first toss on my birthday, probably we should have played the first game on my birthday," Virat Kohli said after winning the toss.
"The intensity from ball one is important. For us, it's just about keeping that intensity on for 20 overs. That's something we expect from people and people have done that over the years as well. Shardul makes way for Varun. He is back fit, so he will be our third spinner," he added.
What Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer said:
"Looks a good deck. Happy to go either way. First of all great occasion for us and Scottish cricket and the associate game. We are playing against some of the best players from the world here and in the last couple of games too. India is another special occasion for us. We have got to go out there, enjoy ourselves and try and express ourselves as much as possible. Same team."
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 Chakaravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah