India returned to winning ways on Wednesday when they clinched a convincing 66-run win over Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi. The win was Men in Blue’s first in the T20 World Cup and helped them stay alive in the race for the semi-finals spot, but will need to replicate their performance in the remaining two games and hope results go their way. Virat Kohli is unlikely to change his combination for the game when they take the field in Dubai.
Virat Kohli and the team management have no reason to tinker with the playing XI as they make the trip to Dubai to face off against Scotland. India restored Rohit Sharma to the top of the order and the move paid dividends as he along with KL Rahul put on a 140-run opening partnership against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi.
Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya added finishing touches as India put on the highest total of the T20 World Cup 2021. With the ball, Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin starred as Virat Kohli and Co. clinched a 66-run win on Wednesday. Hardik Pandya’s return to fitness has been a huge positive for India and the management are likely to stick with the same combination.
That meant that Varun Chakravarthy and Ishan Kishan, who featured earlier in the tournament, will miss out on the XI for the game against Scotland. Chakravarthy had a calf issue which brought Ravichandran Ashwin into the scheme of things, and the off-spinner responded with a fine spell, which will see him keep his place. Mohammed Shami’s return to form also means that there is no place for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Suryakumar Yadav is also fit and raring to go, keeping Kishan out.
Predicted India Playing XI vs SCO: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.