India vs Scotland, T20 World Cup 2021
India vs Scotland, T20 World Cup 2021

Time: November 5, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 

Pitch Report

There will be dew in the second innings, making chasing easier. Captains will look to bowl first. The wicket, otherwise, has been getting better for batting.


R Ashwin has solved India’s spin woes. This means that Varun Chakravarthy may have to wait for his second chance.

Probable XI for India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Josh Davey has been ruled out due to a groin injury.

Probable XI for Scotland: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (c), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Michael Leask, Matthew Cross (wk), Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans, Brad Wheal

Fantasy Tips

We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.

India vs Scotland Fantasy Cricket Team

Players to Watch Out for

Given India’s scenario, it is obvious that their batters will fire on all cylinders from the first ball. Against Afghanistan, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma – supposedly India’s best T20 batters – left no stone unturned to crush the opposition bowlers to a pulp. The duo added 140 in 14.4 overs for the first wicket. Something similar will be expected from the belligerent duo.

The Indian bowlers, especially Bumrah and Shami, will go hard at Scotland. The Dubai wicket has enough juice for the pacers in the powerplay, and it will be an uphill task for Scotland to dominate right away. Scotland’s top three batters lack form and confidence, and the onus thus will be on Richie Berrington (128 runs in 6 matches) and Matthew Cross (111 runs in 6 matches) to keep the ship steady in the middle overs.

R Ashwin ended with bowling figures of 2 for 14 in 4 overs. He was as impressive in the Indian T20 League and the warm-up fixtures as he was against Afghanistan. Not only does he have a variety of deliveries but also has the accuracy and understanding to implement them.

Safyaan Sharif and Brad Wheal have taken 7 wickets each, maintaining an economy of under 8 RPO.

Mohammad Shami is a strike bowler and that is all that matters in fantasy cricket. He may leak more runs than he is supposed to, but his knack for taking wickets in heaps makes him a delight in the world of fantasy sports. He took 3 for 32 against Afghanistan.

Jasprit Bumrah did not go wicketless in the UAE leg of the Indian T20 League, and his bowling figures in the T20 World Cup read 0 for 22, 2 for 19, and 1 for 25. He has been spot on with his yorkers and deceitful with his off-cutters.

Hardik Pandya bowled 2 overs but looked a bit unprepared. However, with the bat, he was as destructive as ever. He took a mere 13 balls for his 35 runs that were ladened with 2 sixes and 4 fours.

Match Prediction

India will go hard, whether they bat first or second. Although their fortune does not lie entirely in their hands, they have to make sure they scale up their net run-rate.

Scotland, on the other hand, gave New Zealand a scare. They would hope for a similar encounter, even if they don’t manage to edge past India.

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