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KL Rahul smashes India past Scotland to keep T20 World Cup hopes alive

Scotland were bundled out for 85 before India rapidly chased down the total in 6.3 overs in a one-sided eight-wicket win in Dubai that keeps their hopes of a T20 World Cup semi-final place intact.

Jasprit Bumrah became India’s leading T20 wicket-taker but it was fellow quick Mohammed Shami and slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja who were chiefly responsible for Scotland subsiding in 17.4 overs as they each took three for 15.

India knew they needed to overhaul their target inside 8.5 or 7.1 overs to respectively better the net run-rates of Super 12s group rivals New Zealand and Afghanistan, and openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were in no mood to hang around.

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The pair peppered the boundary rope with alarming regularity in an opening 70-run blitz, with Rohit thrashing 30 off 16 deliveries while Rahul went to an astonishing 18-ball 50 before holing out with four still needed.

Suryakumar Yadav thumped his second ball down the ground for six to get India home as they moved up to third in their group and all eyes will now be on New Zealand’s final group game against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

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