Scotland Gets Second Win Against Oman

India Beat Pakistan By 6 Runs

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Pakistan choked in the final sequence of their World Cup 2024 clash with India to somehow surrender a tie they dominated for large parts of the game in New York on Sunday. Chasing a meagre 120, the Green Shirts could only manage 113 for the loss of 7 wickets as their run chase inexplicably, but also expectedly, derailed, bringing them on the verge of a swift exit out of the tournament.

India was in a desperate situation, needing a moment or two of genius to defend a low total against cricket archrival Pakistan at the Twenty20 World Cup. Skipper Rohit Sharma gave the ball to Jasprit Bumrah, relying on his go-to pace bowler to take the wicket Sunday that would swing the match into India’s favor.

The noise and excitement lifted in the capacity crowd at Long Island, with India fans outnumbering supporters from Pakistan.

And Bumrah delivered, later saying after returning match figures of three wickets for 14 runs that it felt like he was playing in India.

Chasing a seemingly meager target of 120, Pakistan was cruising at 80-3 after 14 overs before Bumrah cannoned a ball into the stumps to dismiss Pakistan’s top-scorer Mohammad Rizwan for 31. He added the wicket of Iftikhar Ahmed off the last ball of a terrific spell.

And so after bowling India out for 119 in 19 overs, Pakistan was restricted to 113-7 in 20 overs in the low-scoring thriller. India’s six-run win put Pakistan, the 2022 runners-up, on the brink of a group-stage exit.

After being shocked by co-host United States in the Super Over at Dallas in its opening game, Pakistan recovered well to contain India’s powerful batting lineup after the start was delayed almost an hour by rain at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium.

Pakistan’s middle-order batters were squeezed so much in the so-called death overs that it could hit only two boundaries in the last 36 deliveries.

Needing 18 off the last over, Naseem Shah (10 not out) smashed Arshdeep Singh for two boundaries before he left the field with tears in his eyes and was consoled by his batting partner Shaheen Shah Afridi.

It was the second-lowest total ever successfully defended at the men’s T20 World Cup. It was the lowest total India had ever defended in a full T20 international, and helped extend its mark to 7-1 in T20 internationals against Pakistan.

Earlier India beat Ireland by eight wickets in its opening game at the same ground and leads Group A with four points and a better net-run rate than the U.S. team, which also has four points from its wins over Canada and Pakistan.

Only two teams from each of the four groups advance to the second stage. So Pakistan needs to win its remaining games against Canada and Ireland and also hope results of other group games go in its favor to progress to the Super 8s.

Scotland Gets Second Win

Brandon McMullen hit an unbeaten 61 runs from 31 balls as Scotland beat Oman by seven wickets with 41 deliveries to spare later Sunday at North Sound, Antigua, for its second win in Group B.

Oman chose to bat first and scored 150-7 with Pratik Athavale (54) and Ayaan Khan (41 not out) dominating the innings.

Scotland reached 153-3 in 13.1 overs with opener George Munsey scoring a 20-ball 41 with four sixes.

Scotland, which got a point from its washed-out opener against England, also had a win over Namibia and tops the group with five points. Defending champion England has one point — from the washout — after its weekend loss to Australia._AP

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