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New Delhi. In the 37th match of the T20 World Cup being played in the UAE, the Indian team returned to the Dubai ground where they faced Scotland in their fourth match. In this match played against Scotland, the Indian team decided to bowl first after winning the toss and on the basis of the excellent performance of the bowlers, the entire Scotland team was bundled out for 85 runs in just 17.4 overs. In reply, chasing the runs, the Indian team achieved this score in just 39 balls and won the match by 8 wickets. With this win, the Indian team has reached the third position with 4 points and has overtaken Afghanistan.
It is noteworthy that the road to the semi-finals has become very difficult for the Indian team after the defeat in the first two matches, but under the equation that it is, it needed to be better than Afghanistan and New Zealand in the net run rate to qualify. India chased down the target in 6.3 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets and won by 8 wickets and now India has to pray for the victory of the Afghan team in the match between New Zealand and Afghanistan on Sunday to reach the semi-finals.
Beat Afghanistan in net run rate
New Zealand team have won 3 out of 4 matches and have collected 6 points and will qualify with 8 points if they win the match against Afghanistan. However, if the Afghanistan team wins, 3 teams will reach 6 points. In case of a tie of equal points, the net run rate will come into play. Talking about the net run rate, before this match, Afghanistan's team was at the top, while New Zealand's team was second. In such a situation, India needed a win in just 43 balls to do a better net run rate than the Afghanistan team, while it needed to win in 8.5 overs to do better than New Zealand. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma opened the innings for India and put on a partnership of 70 runs in just 5 overs and finished the match in just 39 balls to make the net run rate the best. Now the Indian team has left its semi-final equation to luck.
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India achieved the biggest win of T20 cricket
With the victory in this match, the Indian team has achieved its biggest victory in T20 cricket. India won against Scotland 81 balls first, which is their biggest win. Earlier, India had won 59 balls against the UAE team in 2016 at the Mirpur ground. On the other hand, the 41-ball win against Zimbabwe is their third biggest win. Not only this, the Indian team has registered its name in terms of the biggest win in the T20 World Cup and has become the third team to achieve the biggest victory in terms of the ball.
Talking about the teams that have won the biggest win in terms of balls in the T20 World Cup, then Sri Lanka is at the top, who won in 90 balls, back against the Netherlands in the year 2014. Australia's team is second on this list, having won in 82 balls, against Bangladesh a day earlier. Sri Lanka's team took the fourth position in this list by winning 77 balls earlier this year against the Netherlands.
Named the record for scoring the most runs in the power play
In this match for the Indian team, Rohit Sharma scored 30 runs off 16 balls with 5 fours and a six, while KL Rahul took the record of scoring the fastest half-century in the T20 World Cup 2021. KL Rahul completed his fifty in just 18 balls with the help of 6 fours and 3 sixes and holds the record for the fastest fifty in this tournament. Jos Buttler had scored a half-century in 25 balls before him. While KL Rahul holds the record for the second Indian to score the fastest half-century in the T20 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh tops the list with 12 deliveries. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul's scintillating innings helped India add 82 runs in the power play for the loss of two wickets and set the record for the most runs in T20 cricket. Earlier, India had added 78 runs against South Africa in 2018 for the loss of 2 wickets and that was their highest score. At the same time, this score made by India in the history of the World Cup is the 5th highest score made in the power play.