Scotland aim to make a mark
India, pre-tournament favourites, have had a serious hit on their reputation after losses to Pakistan and New Zealand, but redeemed their stature to an extent with a thumping win over Afghanistan. It will not ensure their semi-final berth – for that they will need other results going their way – but if India can continue that form against Scotland, a match they have odds of 1.05 to win, they will be well-placed to qualify if the other results do go their way.
Scotland have already left an indelible mark in the tournament. Their stunning showing and remarkable fight has come in for a lot appreciation, but their biggest test yet could be against India and they will want to show that they can stand up to the big boys. Their odds to surprise India stand at 9.60.
An interesting history
India’s first-ever game in a T20 World Cup would have been against Scotland had the match in 2007 not been abandoned due to rain. 14 years later, the two sides have still not played in a T20I against each other. The meeting on Friday will be the first between these sides.
RECOMMENDED BET: India are a strong side as they showed against Afghanistan and have odds of 1.05 to beat Scotland.
India aren’t in the greatest form this tournament, but the win against Afghanistan should be a sign of what they can do on their good days. Scotland, meanwhile, come on the back of some promising performances, and will aim to make an impression.
Keep an eye on…
Mark Watt: The Scotland spinner has gone under six runs per over in each of his six matches in this T20 World Cup, and claimed he had a few tricks up his sleeve against Virat Kohli. The battle between the two should make for an interesting contest.
Rohit Sharma: An in-form Rohit Sharma can be too hot to handle and against Afghanistan he showed what he can do to some of the best spinners in the planet when on song. Expect another Rohit show against Scotland.
TIP: Rohit Sharma has odds of 3.40 to be India’s top batter after his stellar show last game.