Match Preview | M#20 | India v Scotland | IND v SCO | U19T20WC
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
Picture Courtesy: Cricket Queens
As expected, the Indian team are dominating the World Cup with their ruthless performances. On other hand, the talented Scotland side have not been able to showcase their potential to the fullest. In the final game of Group D, Scotland will be up against a well-oiled Indian side.
VENUE – Willowmoore Park B, Benoni | TIME – 13:45 local/17:15 IST
This match will be the 2nd use of the day at Willowmoore Park B after the game between Bangladesh and USA. India will be playing their first game at this ground after enjoying two big run fests at the other ground in Benoni. Given the capability and batting depth India possess, their batters will enjoy batting on this pitch.
INDIA: India had a near-perfect 2nd game against UAE. They posted the highest total of this WC – 219 and beat UAE by an emphatic margin of 122 runs. India played their prominent bowlers Titas Sadhu and Mannat Kashyap in that game and found success. The XI India fielded in the previous game is India’s ideal XI. In their last game, India might look to test out pacer Falak Naz in place of Shabnam Shakil, who again had a nightmarish start with the ball but went on to overcome it in that opening over itself.
But there's an injury concern for the Indian camp. Pace bowling all-rounder Hurley Gala was ruled out of the tournament following the laceration of her right thumb, which required stitches. Yashasri Soppadhandhi has replaced her in the India squad.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR -
Titas Sadhu: After missing out in the opener, Titas finally found a place in the playing XI vs UAE. And she made an impact straightway. She is known for her tight line and lengths and her economical bowling. And she stood up. She bowled her 4 overs on the trot at an economy of just 3.5 and dismissed the in-form Samaira Dharnidharka. India will be looking towards Titas for early breakthroughs.
Mannat Kashyap: The left-arm orthodox spinner Mannat Kashyap also played her 1st WC game vs UAE. It was a surprise that India benched their most experienced spinner in the opening encounter. She has represented her state team Punjab at the senior level for several years and was the highest wicket-taker in the series against New Zealand Development. Nevertheless, she made her presence felt with 1/14 (3).
Shweta Sehrawat: The Indian vice-captain has become the first player to score back-to-back unbeaten half-centuries in this World Cup. She bats in a lineup that has international pros like Shafali and Richa, and talented batters like G Trisha and Soumya Tiwari, who know how to score truckloads of runs. But Sehrawat still has been able to essay her part with gritty batting. She knows how to pace her game and play according to the situation. Game awareness is the USP of her batting and that's why she has carried her bat throughout the two innings. It won't be a surprise if she does the same against Scotland.
SCOTLAND: A talented bunch of individuals have had a major impact on the Wildcats in T20Is. But the team hasn't created a big impact in this competition so far. Scotland would like to redeem themselves in the last group game. But they will be up against the favourites to win this competition. Scotland only scored 99 against UAE and were bowled out by South Africa for just 68 runs whilst chasing 113, in a bowling effort that was spearheaded by Proteas’ Madison Landsman’s hattrick.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR –
Katherine Fraser: The Scottish U-19 skipper is already one of the best spinners on the international circuit and she has shown why in this tournament. She is leading the side by example. She was the pick of the bowlers with her 3-for against South Africa in the last game. She also chips in with the bat in the middle order and Scotland will be needing that after two sorry outings as a batting unit.
Emma Walsingham: Emma has been the best batter for Scotland at this World Cup. She top-scored in both the games, of which her best knock was 37 off 33 including the tournament’s 1st maximum vs UAE. Her power-hitting will be challenged by the skilful Indian bowling.
Ailsa Lister: Wicket-keeper and opener, Ailsa Lister is still looking for a big knock in this WC. She showed some hints of her potential against South Africa, where she scored 10 (11), including two boundaries. She has the power game and a knack for big knocks. Scotland will need a big opening stand from Ailsa Lister and Darcey Carter to trouble India.