On Friday, legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar said New Zealand and Afghanistan will be under pressure in their upcoming fixture against each other in a crunch Super 12 match of T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday. Gavaskar highlighted that India’s big win over Scotland has changed the equations in Group 2. India thrashed Scotland by 8 wickets in a must-win Group 2 match in Dubai on Friday as they chased down teh target of 86 runs in just 6.3 overs.
With that huge win, India’s Net Run Rate has now surpassed New Zealand and Afghanistan. India kept their outside chances to reach the semi-final of T20 World Cup 2021 alive as they bowled out Scotland for 85 and chased down the target in just 6.3 overs in Dubai. While Pakistan is on top of the Group 2 Super 12 points table with 4 wins from as many matches, New Zealand is standing at second place with 3 wins. India jumped to the 3rd spot after their massive win over Scotland, pushing Afghanistan down to the 4th spot.
If Afghanistan manages to pull off a win over New Zealand in their final Super 12 match on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, India’s chances of reaching the semi-final brighten. However, a win for the Black Caps will eliminate India from the race to the final four.
During a chat on India Today, Sunil Gavaskar said, “This win now in the Afghanistan-New Zealand game, there is pressure on both the teams. Earlier on, it wouldn’t have been the case with India’s NRR not being good. But with India’s NRR being better than both Afghanistan and New Zealand, so the pressure is on both teams.”
Lauding India’s dominant performance in their must-win match against Scotland, Sunil Gavaskar said the margin of victory was mind-boggling. Gavaskar heaped praise on India batters’ approach in their chase of 86.
Sunil Gavaskar said, “Mind-boggling performance by everybody. The way the bowlers bowled and the way the batters then recognised the situation and the equation and batted. There were no crass shots in that, both KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma played orthodox cricket shots. It was very, very good. India knew they couldn’t be bowled out when chasing 86. So the openers did the right thing, they went hell bent for leather straight away and put pressure on Scotland.”