T20 World Cup 2021: Strongest Scotland Predicted Playing XI against India

T20 World Cup 2021: Strongest Scotland Predicted Playing XI against India

If Josh Davey returns, Alasdair Evans may have to make way for him.

Scotland cricket team
Scotland cricket team. (Photo by Francois Nel-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Scotland came into the Super 12 of the T20 World Cup 2021 on the back of three victories in the qualifying round. Having beaten Bangladesh, Oman and Papua New Guinea, they were expected to pose some threat to the big teams in the subsequent round. However, the Kyle Coetzer-led team has flattered to deceive and are currently placed at the bottom of Group 2 with a net run rate of -2.645.

The Scots are already out of the competition and they have nothing, but pride to play for. Scotland are next scheduled to lock horns with India on Friday, November 5 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Getting past India won’t be easy as Virat Kohli and Co. will go into the game after beating Afghanistan by 66 runs in Abu Dhabi. In their last game, Scotland lost to New Zealand by 16 runs.

Here is Scotland’s predicted Playing XI for IND vs SCO Match:

Openers- George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer

Kyle Coetzer
Kyle Coetzer of Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Kyle Coetzer returned to Scotland’s playing XI on Wednesday after recovering from a finger injury. On his return, he looked promising, having hit four fours. But Trent Boult castled him to cut short his stay in the middle. The right-hander has scored 74 runs in the World Cup at an average of 14.80.

George Munsey, his opening partner, has looked rusty in the mega event thus far. The left-hander has scored only 111 runs from six innings at an average of 18.50 with a top score of 29. The southpaw can hit the ball a long distance and has promised, but he is yet to put his best foot forward.

Middle-Order- Richie Berrington, Calum Macleod, Matthew Cross

Calum MacLeod celebrates his century against England
Calum MacLeod celebrates his century against England. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Matthew Cross has been the standout batter for Scotland in the tournament without a doubt. After Coetzer returned to the eleven, Cross went back to batting at No.3. The right-hander scored 27 against New Zealand before Tim Southee got rid of him. Cross has scored 128 runs from six games.

Richie Berrington has blown a tad hot and cold in the tournament. Apart from the 70 he scored against PNG, the right-hander has looked out of sorts. He even has two ducks to his name. Calum Macleod has been a prolific run-scorer for the Scots, but has looked a pale shadow of his glorious self.

All-rounders- Michael Leask, Chris Greaves

Chris Greaves
Chris Greaves. (Photo by HAITHAM AL-SHUKAIRI/AFP via Getty Images)

Michael Leask has done well for Scotland in recent times. Batting in the lower middle-order, he has scored 95 runs at a healthy strike rate of 163.79. Moreover, he has picked up four wickets with his off-breaks. Chris Greaves picked up two wickets against Bangladesh in Al Amerat, but has been a tad off colour in recent times. He, however, has continued performing with the bat for his team.

Bowlers- Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal

Safyaan Sharif
Safyaan Sharif. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Fast bowler Josh Davey missed the previous game due to a niggle and Scotland included Alasdair Evans in their playing eleven. If Davey comes back, Evans should be the one making way for him. Davey is their leading wicket-taker in the World Cup, having scalped nine wickets at an economy of 7.02.

Brad Wheal and Safyaan Sharif have been amongst the wickets as well. Both pacers have seven wickets apiece to their names. But Sharif has a better economy rate of 7.32. Mark Watt has been exceptional as he has picked up six wickets and has an economy of 5.12, the best among his teammates.