David meets Goliath in the next super 12s game of this year's World Cup as India take on Scotland. Indian fans must be wondering why it took them two games to release the shackles as they scored the highest total at this year's World Cup in their victory over Afghanistan.
It keeps India's slim hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive, but they have to win their remaining two fixtures and hope for help from elsewhere in order to qualify.
In this contest, the Indians take on a Scottish side who are already eliminated from contention and have lost all of their Super 12s matches so far. If Scotland were to beat India, it would be one of the biggest shocks in the history of the game, and they are priced to reflect that at 13.00. India to win are as short as 1.04.
India vs Scotland T20 World Cup
Team News for India
This was the Indian side we expected to show up in the first two games. Positive, confident, skilful, and ruthless, India showed why they were considered pre-tournament favourites with a 66 run victory over Afghanistan.
The stars of the show were KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, who shared a 140-run first-wicket stand. Showing all the class that we have become accustomed to, India reached a tournament-high total of 210, becoming the first side in this year's tournament to surpass the 200 run mark.
Mohammed Shami did the bulk of the damage with the ball with three wickets, with Ravi Ashwin picking up two. It could still be a case of too little too late for the Indians, as their qualification hopes still sit outside of their control, but they went a long way to restoring some national pride that had been lost during the first two games.
Against a Scottish bowling attack that should hold no fear, we fancy one of India's batsmen to go on and make a big score. Odds of 11.00 for a century to be scored in the match look really appealing.
Likely playing 11 of India
Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah
Team News for Scotland
Scotland showed what a good side they are that despite their recent defeats, they still clearly believe in their qualities and believe they can win. Make no bones about it; Scotland gave New Zealand a real scare in their last match and went down fighting.
At 52/3, New Zealand were struggling to get a grasp on both the bowling and the pitch. An inspired Martin Guptill powered the Kiwis to victory with 93 off just 56 balls, which included seven 6's.
Chasing 172, a couple of Scottish batters showed what class they have. Michael Leask top-scored for the Scots, scoring 42 off just 20 balls; Matthew Cross and George Munsey also showed what they could do, scoring numerous powerful boundaries.
With both teams having players who can find the boundary rope on a regular occurrence, odds of 1.80 for over ten-match sixes could be a great way to bet.
Likely playing 11 of Scotland
George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross, Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal
Pitch and Weather conditions
After a brief hiatus to Abu Dhabi, India return to Dubai, where they experienced losses to both Pakistan and New Zealand. This will be Scotland's second straight appearance here after they lost to New Zealand a few days ago.
In total, there have been 68 T20 contests held at this stadium. There have been 34 games where the side batting first has won, and 34 games have been won by the side batting second. The average score for the first innings is 144, with the second innings average at 122. So far, during this World Cup, the team that has batted second has gone on to win every game held at this venue.
Betting Predictions for India vs Scotland
Let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for India vs Scotland:
Match Result Prediction
It's impossible to believe that India would lose this match here, and we have to side with them to win this match.
The Indians gave their net run rate a timely boost in the victory against Afghanistan. They will be looking for another convincing win over Scotland to enhance it even further.
Scotland will go down swinging, but this should be a cricketing lesson. The only question we have is how much India will win by.
Match Winner: India (1.04)
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Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that could be very hard to bat on, the side that wins the toss could choose to put the other team in to bat first. The chasing teams have won the majority of matches in this World Cup. Any score over 150 could be very hard to chase.
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Top Batsman for Scotland
It's a very hard market to predict, and we are avoiding the Indians altogether as you can't be sure how much of the lineup will be required to bat.
Instead, we are going to focus on the Scottish team, and despite the challenge ahead of them, one player who has shown repeated flashes of ability without going on to make a big score has been wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Cross.
Cross is a busy but positive player who is always looking to keep the strike rotating and is a player who tries to score fast, quick runs. Odds of 5.50 to be his team's top scorer could be the way to bet.
Top Batsman for Scotland: Matthew Cross (5.50)
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