Scotland's jersey T20 WC jersey designed by 12-year-old
Dubai, Oct 20 (Cricket news) Scotland beating teams such as Bangladesh in the ICC T20 World Cup was never unthinkable. But what is difficult to believe is that the team's striking dark blue and purple-coloured jersey has been designed by a 12-year-old girl.
Rebecca Downie is the young designer and she has been cheering her team, which proved to be the most impressive in the first week of the tournament.
The team chose the design from over 200 entries from school children across the country. The jersey is based on the colours of Scotland's national emblem -- the thistle.
Cricket Scotland took to social media to thank Rebecca for her efforts in making the jersey while posting images of her wearing the kit and supporting the team during their first match against Bangladesh.
"Scotland's kit designer. 12 year-old Rebecca Downie from Haddington. She was following our first game on TV, proudly sporting the shirt she designed herself. Thank you again Rebecca!" Cricket Scotland wrote on Twitter.
Rebecca, who comes from the town of Haddington, presented the players with their new kit before they left for Oman, the venue for the T20 showpiece alongside the UAE.
Rebecca along with her family were special guests for the match against Zimbabwe in Edinburgh where she met the players.
"I was so excited when I heard I had won the competition, I couldn't believe it. I was so happy to see the shirt in real life, it looks brilliant! It was amazing to meet the team and watch them play against Zimbabwe. I will be wearing my shirt and cheering them on in every game in the World Cup," Rebecca was quoted as saying by website 'Cricket and More'.
Scotland cricket team captain Kyle Coetzer said the team was "really proud" of the design.
"It was great to meet Rebecca and her family recently and see her wearing the new shirt. The team is really proud of the design and we are planning to go out there and do it justice with our performances in the World Cup.
"We hope that the fans will enjoy the new design and wear them proudly as they support us from back home," he said.
With two wins in two games so far, Scotland are at the top of the table in Group B. They have already qualified for the Super 12 stage, marking a significant step in their country's cricketing journey.
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Australia looking to come back in-form at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
(Cricket news) Australia has been one of the most consistent teams in cricket since the start. It has had great players who have won them a record five 50 over World Cups but they are yet to win the T20 World Cup. Their team never had the shortage of talent in batting and bowling, this year there are a few players who can bring them the missing trophy. They were the runner up in 2010 and reached the semifinals in 2007, 2012.
The attacking right hander has been a crucial part of the team especially in T20. Maxwell reverse sweep has been one of his famous hits, he has the power and can take on pace and spin. Maxwell was the leading run scorer for Royal Challengers Bangalore this season with 513 runs in 15 matches. Maxwell has scored over 1780 runs in his T20 career and has taken 31 wickets.
Australia's top opener in the format is known to hit the ball with sheer power and strength. He holds the highest score in international T20 when he scored 172 against Zimbabwe. Finch is a matchwinner if he can stay on the crease for a long time and will look to lead the side under his captaincy.
Smith started his career as a spinner but now is one of the most feared batters. Smith can play a balanced innings as he is very consistent and also can be a bowler although he hasn't bowled much recently. He is also one of the most reliable batsmen as his shot selections are to the point.
One of the fastest bowlers in the world. Starc has a perfect bowling action which produces yorkers and bouncers at the speed of 155km/ hour and over. Starc can provide the breakthrough for the team and will hope to repeat his form from the 50 over world cup. He has taken over 51 wickets in 41 matches in T20 and is one of the most experienced bowlers on the team.
Cummins has been the top bowler for the team in the shortest format. His line and length often make it hard for the batter to score as he can also prove himself useful with the bat. Cummins can be an attacking tail ender as he has the ability to score huge maximums in the final overs. He can be the most valuable player for the team along with Marcus Stoinis, the team will be needing the pacers to strike as all the pitches will be bowler friendly.
WBBL: Harmanpreet Kaur's 41 not enough to lead Melbourne Renegades to victory over Adelaide Strikers
(Cricket news) Adelaide Strikers convincingly defeated Melbourne Renegades by 8 wickets with 15 balls to spare. Indian stars Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues played for the Renegades but failed to guide their side to victory.
Batting first, Jemimah Rodrigues opened the innings and managed only 13 off 17 balls hitting only 1 boundary in the process. Rodrigues tried to play the anchor after her side lost two quick wickets but top edged an Amanda-Jade Wellington ball straight to deep midwicket.
Harmanpreet came into bat when her side was in deep trouble at 21-2. The Indian skipper scored 41 off 37 balls. She hit 4 boundaries and 1 massive six in her innings. Unfortunately she fell 9 runs short of her century after she was caught at deep midwicket like her fellow teammate Jemimah Rodrigues. The Renegades only managed to score 126 runs. Defending the total Harmanpreet Kaur bowled 4 overs and picked up a wicket. Despite her efforts Melbourne Renegades lost the game.
Both Rodrigues and Kaur haven't been in the best of forms on the international stage. Both the players gained confidence by playing the hundred in England. Jemimah scored a well made 49 in the 1st W-T20I against Australia. The batter said after the innings that had it not been for her performance in the Hundred, she wouldn't be in the squad. Harmanpreet didn't play the One Day and Test against Australia due to injury and then failed to deliver with the willow in the T20s.
The pair's return to form will be so crucial for the Indian side before the World Cup. As of now India is not scheduled to play any match before the campaign therefore the 8 Indians in the WBBL will be looking to play their best cricket to prepare for the big tournament next year.
Pattinson retires from international cricket, will continue to play for domestic side Victoria
Melbourne, Oct 20 (Cricket news) Australian fast bowler James Pattinson on Wednesday retired from international cricket after realising that he won't be in the reckoning for the Ashes series due to fitness issues.
The 31-year-old, who has played 21 Tests and 15 ODIs, though will continue to play domestic cricket.
Pattinson had recently suffered a knee injury during an intra-squad Victorian trial game "Leading into pre-season I really wanted to give the Ashes a crack but in the end I haven't had the preparation I would have liked heading into the coming season," Pattinson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au in a statement.
"If I was to be part of the Ashes I would need to do myself and my teammates justice. I didn't want to be in a position of battling with my body when you need to be 100 per cent fit and ready to go at any time. That would not be fair to myself or the team.
"It was then I felt that instead of trying to play at the very highest level, knowing I have only got three or four years of cricket left, I would focus more on Victoria, helping the young guys develop, perhaps some cricket in England and spending more time with my family." He claimed 81 Test wickets and 16 ODI scalps in his career after making his Test debut in December 2011 alongside Mitchell Starc and David Warner against New Zealand in Brisbane.
His last Test was against New Zealand in Sydney in January 2020 while he last played an ODI way back in September 2015 against England at Leeds.
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It should be spinners' World Cup, says Rashid Khan
Dubai, Oct 20 (Cricket news) The ICC T20 World Cup will belong to the spinners, Afghanistan's star leg-break bowler Rashid Khan has asserted, and said they can beat any team if they bat well in the showpiece.
Since being picked up by IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad as an 18-year-old in 2017, ace leg-spinner Rashid has emerged as T20 cricket's leading wicket-taker in this period with 333 scalps and is wanted by franchises across the world.
Appearing in his second T20 World Cup, Rashid feels spinners are always "effective" on pitches at three venues in the UAE, where the Super 12s, the semi-finals and final will be played.
"Conditions here are always good for spinners and it should be spinners' World Cup," Rashid was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
"Doesn't matter how wickets are prepared here, it is always helpful for the spinners. Spinners will play a huge role in this World Cup.
"As we have seen in the IPL, spinners have brought back their team in the game. I feel that will be same in the World Cup as well. The best spinners will bring their team back in the game and win it." Rashid feels Afghanistan, who are in Group 2 along with India, Pakistan and New Zealand, would need to do "lots of hard work" considering all their opponents in the Super 12s are "good players of spin".
Afghanistan have played 14 T20Is at the three venues in the UAE and have won all of them.
He has pointed out that batting will hold the key.
"As long as you have a good total, if it is a slow track, skiddy, as a spinner it is very, very helpful because you can show your skills there and you can get the wickets. In this World Cup if you bat well, we (Afghanistan) can beat any side." His franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad may have finished last in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League but Rashid did not disappoint his fans, enjoying another excellent season with 18 wickets, the joint-highest for a spinner along with Yuzvendra Chahal and Varun Chakravarthy.
Both Chahal and Rashid were among the top-10 wicket-takers even in the 2020 IPL which was entirely played in the UAE as opposed to the just the second leg of the tournament this season.
Rashid was good in cricket at home, but he never thought he would be one outside, let alone become the world's leading wicket-taker in T20s at the expense of pursuing a childhood ambition of practising medicine.
Confined to his home due to strict instructions from his worried parents about their children's safety in a strife-torn Afghanistan and then Pakistan, it was within those four walls of his home, during those challenging times, that made Rashid "a proper cricketer".
"I mostly played cricket at home with my brothers. These were very competitive games and it was a challenge for me to get them out, to score against them, to win games. Those times made me a proper cricketer," Rashid said.
"I was not allowed to go outside and play with friends. My family said, anything can happen outside, you better focus on your studies, and if you want to play cricket, better play with your brothers at home." Rashid, who stepped down as captain in the run-up to the World Cup, said he was initially aiming to become a doctor.
"I never dreamed that I would be a cricketer. Yes, I was good at cricket at home, but I never had that in my mind -- to be a cricketer, playing for Afghanistan, playing all around the world.
"I always had in my mind to be a doctor, which was the family's expectation as well, especially my mom's. She always used to tell me: we want to see you as a doctor. I was pretty good at studies as well."
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Akeal Hosein approved as replacement for Fabian Allen in West Indies squad
Dubai, Oct 20 (Cricket news) Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein was on Wednesday approved as replacement for an injured Fabian Allen in the West Indies squad for the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.
The Event Technical Committee of the tournament has approved Hosein as a replacement for Allen, the ICC said in a statement.
Hosein, who has played nine ODIs and six T20Is, was picked after Allen was ruled out due to an ankle injury.
Hosein was a reserve as per the allowance for teams to travel with extra players in view of COVID-19 quarantine requirements.
The West Indies are the defending champions, having won the last edition of the tournament in 2016 when it was held in India.
The replacement for Hosein in the reserves list will be the uncapped Gudakesh Motie.
The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad.
The Event Technical Committee of the tournament consists of Chris Tetley (head of events, chair), Clive Hitchcock (ICC senior cricket operations manager), Rahul Dravid and Dhiraj Malhotra (host BCCI's representatives), Simon Doull and Ian Bishop (independent members).
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Bangladesh win first match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup with a 26-run victory over Oman
(Cricket news) After both Oman and Bangladesh lost their opening group games, there was all to play for at the Al Amerat Stadium in Muscat in a clash that saw the hosts fall short against The Tigers despite tremendous home support from the stands. Bangladesh opener Mohammad Naim, who has been recalled by his national side scored 64 runs off 50 balls with lady luck on his side after the 22 year old was dropped twice. His partnership with Shakib Al Hasan yielded 77 runs that greatly contributed to Bangladesh’s overall score of 153 runs despite many late wickets conceded.
Opener Liton Das had an early escape when the 27 year old was dropped by Kashyap Prajapati but Bilal Khan eventually took his wicket with an lbw. At the end of the six-over powerplay, the hosts had restricted Bangladesh to 29-2 and things seemed to be going according to plan for Oman. However, Singh squandered an opportunity to take Mohammad Naim’s wicket and Prajapati failed to take a golden opportunity once again and spared Naim who went on to score 64 runs. Oman wrestled with momentum but eventually got the wicket of Shakib with a superb run out by Aaqib Ilyas and the hosts took seven wickets for the final 41 runs.
Omani cricketer Jatinder Singh, who is also the tournament’s leading run scorer at the moment put up a valiant fight with 40 runs but as wickets continued to fall at the other end, the hosts fell short of their target with no partnership exceeding 34 runs. Mustafizur Rahman took the wicket of Aaqib Ilyas with an inswinger but had an expensive over that consisted of five wides as Prajapati also hit a six in that 11 ball over. Singh, who looked like the only ray of light for Oman was eventually dismissed for 40 runs from 33 balls by Liton Das.
Some impressive middle over bowling by Bangladesh, particularly from Mahedi Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin saw Oman struggling to get runs on the board with the second 50 taking 52 balls while the first only took 44. Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets in two balls as Oman finished 26 runs short of their target with blame largely on the poor fielding display by the hosts.
England will next face New Zealand in their final warm-up game on Wednesday while Ireland will face Sri Lanka and Namibia will take on Netherlands. Scotland can secure qualification with a win over Oman on Thursday while Bangladesh will take on Papua New Guinea.
Maxwell credits IPL teammates Kohli, de Villiers for success
Melbourne, Oct 20 (Cricket news) Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has attributed his return to form to IPL teammates Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, saying he has reaped rich dividends by spending time with the duo during his stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore in UAE.
Maxwell said he was feeling "10-feet tall" simply by spending time, playing and training alongside Kohli and de Villiers.
"Every day was a learning experience, every day I was I was finding something new out -- I was being a sponge to Virat and AB, just watching the way they go about things," Maxwell was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
"That's always been the one thing in the IPL I've been extremely thankful of -- the opportunities that it gives you to learn off the best players in the world.
"I was extremely fortunate to have two of the greats of the game in the same team and in the same batting line up and were open to sharing their experiences and talk to me about their game," added the 33-year-old who has carried his scintillating IPL form to the T20 World Cup.
"It makes you feel 10-feet tall when you've got your backing and they're watching you or asking you questions. It just makes you feel confident, it just makes you feel happy. It was just nice to have a nice, comfortable environment." Maxwell's performance will be key to Australia's dream of lifting the T20 World Cup title.
"In my mind I'm not sure I've completely embraced (being Australia's match winner) … It's not, 'If I play well, we're going to win a World Cup,' there's no thoughts of that," Maxwell said ahead of their final warm-up game against India, scheduled on Wednesday.
Maxwell enjoyed a great second leg in the just-concluded IPL in the UAE, scoring 290 runs at an average of 41.43.
"If I continue the process I've been doing at the IPL, I know I'm going to have success," he said.
"It's a nice position to be in mentally that I've come off a good run of form. I'm not overthinking the stuff in-game." Not just with the bat, Maxwell also hopes to play a vital role with his off-breaks in the showpiece.
"The biggest thing for me … is to be able to bowl not just to left-handers," said the off-spinner, whose stock ball turning away from lefties is generally seen as an advantage against them.
"I've been working really hard on bowling from over the wicket and being able to attack right-handed batters." Australia will open their campaign against South Africa in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
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In-from Scotland have edge against hosts Oman
Al Amerat (Oman), Oct 20 (Cricket news) Scotland will fancy their chances of maintaining their unbeaten run and enter the Super 12 on a winning note when they meet Oman in their Group B league game of the T20 World Cup here on Thursday.
Scotland shocked fancied Bangladesh in their tournament opener and then got the better of Papua New Guinea by 17 runs in the second group match on Tuesday, taking another huge step in their cricketing journey by qualifying for the Super 12 stage of the ongoing T20 showpiece in the Gulf.
Papua New Guinea are already out of contention following successive defeats, while Oman and Bangladesh, with a win each from two matches, are vying for a slot in the next stage of the tournament.
Prior to the tournament, Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer had termed his team a strong and powerful squad, picking which was an "absolute nightmare." Entering the mega-event with the hope of putting in some strong performances, Coetzer's team has so far lived up to his expectations in the country's third World Cup.
Scotland have plenty of options in the squad, players who are capable of coming up with useful contributions. They have all bases covered in their side, with depth in both batting and bowling.
There is power and touch at the top and middle-order including Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod.
Berrington is coming off a 49-ball 70 in his team's win over PNG and Oman's bowlers will be certainly wary of him, while MacLeod, after failing to live up to his billing in the first two games, will be desperate to shine in his third attempt at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground.
Possessing a wide array of strokes, MacLeod remains one of Scotland's best players of spin and he can also bank on the experience of having played in over 50 T20 international matches.
Captain Coetzer and Matthew Cross, who struck a brisk 45 against PNG, complete a good top and middle-order that is aided by the likes of all-rounder Chris Greaves, the opening game hero who set in motion Scotland's campaign in the tournament with his exploits against Bangladesh.
They can pick among Safyaan Sharif, Josh Davey, Brad Wheal and Ally Evans for fast bowling while Mark Watt and Greaves shoulder the responsibility in spin.
Hosts Oman got their campaign off to an excellent start with a convincing win PNG but they are left to recover quickly from the loss to Bangladesh.
Playing at home, Zeeshan Maqsood's side has the players who can bat, bowl and field well enough to get the better of their in-form rivals.
A lot will depend on how their opening pair of Jatinder Singh and Aqib Ilyas do the job. They were prolific against PNG and will look for an encore on Thursday.
The likes of Fayyaz Butt, Bilal Khan and Maqsood himself have been among the wickets so far and for their team to stand a chance against Scotland, they know they will have to deliver.
Teams (from): Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington, Dylan Budge, Matthew Cross (wk), Josh Davey, Ally Evans, Chris Greaves, Michael Leask, Calum Macleod, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal.
Oman: Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Aqib Ilyas, Jatinder Singh, Khawar Ali, Mohammad Nadeem, Ayaan Khan, Suraj Kumar, Sandeep Goud, Nester Dhamba, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan, Naseem Khushi, Sufyan Mehmood, Fayyaz Butt, Khurram Nawaz Khan.
Match starts at 7.30 PM.
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Bangladesh firm favourites against Papua New Guinea in must-win game
Al Amerat (Oman), Oct 20 (Cricket news) Their campaign back on track, Bangladesh will start as overwhelming favourites when they face Papua New Guinea in a must-win Group B league game of the T20 World Cup here on Thursday.
Bangladesh, who came into the tournament as the sixth-ranked team after having beaten the likes of New Zealand and Australia at home, suffered a shock six-run defeat against Scotland.
But the Mahmudullah-led side bounced back in style, getting the better of Oman by 26 runs on Tuesday night.
Bangladesh will need a win to keep their chances of making it to the Super12 alive, as they only have two points from two games, and are placed third with a net run-rate of +0.500.
A win against Papua New Guinea will give them two crucial points and then they would also hope that Oman lose their final game against Scotland, who have already qualified from the group, to ensure their passage into the next stage.
First up though, for that to happen opener Mohammad Naim, who scored a match-winning 64 in their game against Oman, will have to continue his good form. In addition, he would need support from the likes of Liton Das, one-down Mahedi Hasan and skipper Mahmudullah, as their middle-order needs to come good.
Also the role of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan would be crucial for the Asian side. Shakib has been among the runs and wickets and he could pose a serious challenge to the PNG batters on a track that is conducive for spinners.
Their bowlers led by the redoubtable Mustafizur Rahman have put up an impressive show against Oman and the left-arm seamer, who claimed a four-for, would like to continue from where he had left on Tuesday. Off-break bowler Mahedi Hasan would also be keen to dismantle the opposition batters.
Others like right-arm pacers Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Saifuddin would also need to bowl in the right areas as the 'Bangla Tigers' look to field an unchanged XI.
Mahmudullah had conceded that team would have to improve in a lot of areas despite their win against Oman.
"We need to improve in a lot of areas, but I'll take the win. Delivering the win for the country is the most important thing and I hope they are happy," Mahmudullah had said.
Meanwhile, the Assad Vala-led Papa New Guinea lost both their games against Oman (by 10 wickets) and Scotland (by 17 runs) and are already out of contention.
But they would surely like to sign off the tournament on a positive note.
Vala, who hit a brisk half century in their lung-opener, would need to play a big innings and also need support from the other batters.
Needless to say, their bowlers would also need to bowl their hearts out to contain the more experienced opposition batting line-up.
Teams (from): Bangladesh: Mahmudullah (capt), Liton Das, Mohammed Naim, Mahedi Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan (WK), Afif Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammed Saifuddin.
Papua New Guinea: Assad Vala (capt), Charles Amini, Lega Siaka, Norman Vanua, Nosaina Pokana, Kipling Doriga, Tony Ura, Hiri Hiri, Gaudi Toka, Sese Bau, Damien Ravu, Kabua Vagi-Morea, Simon Atai, Jason Kila, Chad Soper, Jack Gardner. Match starts at 3.30 PM IST.
Match starts at 3.30 PM.
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It's always an option: Morgan on dropping himself from playing eleven
Dubai, Oct 19 (Cricket news) Out of form England skipper Eoin Morgan is open to dropping himself during the T20 World Cup if it helps the team win the title.
Morgan averages 16.63 in the 35 T20 innings he has played this year. He recently led KKR to the IPL final but runs eluded him.
"It's always something I've said - it's always an option," Morgan said when asked if he would be open to dropping himself from the playing eleven.
"I'm not going to stand in the way of a team winning the World Cup. I've been short of runs but my captaincy has been pretty good, as it goes. So, yes is the answer," he was quoted as saying by 'ESPNcricinfo'.
The World Cup-winning skipper has scored just 82 runs in seven innings for England this year in the shortest format of the game.
"Not being a bowler and being a bit older and not contributing as much in the field, I've loved the role of captain. You get two bites at the cherry impacting the game.
"As regards my batting, I wouldn't be standing here if I hadn't come out of every bad run of form that I'd ever had." Morgan, who did not play the warm-up match against India on Monday, said he is willing to take risks with the bat whenever the team demands.
"The nature of T20 cricket and where I bat means I always have to take quite high-risk options and I've come to terms with that.
"It's just something you deal with, it's the nature of the job so I'm going to continue taking those risks if the team dictates they need them," he added.
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Berrington, Davey guide Scotland to 17-run win over PNG in T20 World Cup, inch closer to Super 12s
Al Amerat (Oman), Oct 19 (Cricket news) Richie Berrington slammed a stroke-filled 70 while Josh Davey snapped four wickets as Scotland inched closer to the Super 12s with a comfortable 17-run win over Papua New Guinea in their Group B match of the ICC T20 World Cup here on Tuesday.
Scotland grabbed the top position in Group B with two wins having shocked Bangladesh in their opening game.
Berrington put on 92 runs off 65 balls with Matthew Cross (45) before adding another 33 with Calum MacLeod (10) as Scotland posted a challenging 165 for 9 after opting to bat.
Kyle Coetzer's men then produced a splendid bowling effort to skittle out PNG for 148 in 19.3 overs with Davey (4/18) emerging as the standout bowler.
PNG thus made an early exit to their maiden campaign at the T20 World Cup following the second successive loss. They had lost to Oman by 10 wickets in their tournament opener.
Chasing 166 to win, PNG needed their batters to fire but they couldn't get any momentum and were soon reduced to 35 for 5 in 6 overs.
Norman Vanua (47) and Kiplin Doriga (18) then fought back adding 53 off 29 balls to raise hopes but Watt broke the partnership dismissing the latter in the 17th over.
Davey then returned to remove Vanua to dash PNG's slim hopes of a maiden victory in its first global appearance.
Earlier, Berrington slammed three sixes along with six hits to the fence during his 49-ball stay to set the foundation for a big score but PNG put brakes in the last three overs, conceding only 19 runs and taking six wickets in the process.
Kabua Morea (4/31) and Chad Soper (3/24) were the most successful bowlers for PNG.
Goerge Munsey smashed three fours to give Scotland a flying start but Morea castled skipper Coetzer at the other end in the third over to deal the first blow.
Munsey too perished soon while trying to muscle a delivery from Soper as Scotland slipped to 26 for 2 in 3.4 overs.
Cross and Berrington then steadied the innings as Scotland reached 67 for two in 10 overs.
Berrington was the main aggressor as he pulled one from Soper for a boundary before dancing down the track and depositing Lega Siaka over long-on for a maximum.
He also treated Charles Amini with disdain, pulling him through the square leg region for another four.
Cross then slogswept Amini over deep mid-wicket to bring up their 50-run partner.
Berrington also matched his partner with another six over over long-off.
Nosaina Pokana was then in the line of fire as Berrington and Cross milked him for 18 runs with the help of two fours and a six as Scotland crossed the 100-mark in 13 overs.
Simon Atai broke the partnership when he had Cross caught at deep mid-wicket in the 15th over.
However, it made no difference as MacLeod joined hands with Berrington and got 15 runs off Morea.
Berrington then slammed Soper over long-on for another maximum to accumulate 11 runs off the over.
PNG, however, made amends in the last three overs with Pokana bowling a tight over and Soper striking twice in three balls, removing Macleod and Berrington.
In the last over, Michael Leask hit a six but PNG picked up four wickets to keep things in check.
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Love having Dhoni in dressing room as he brings sense of calm: KL Rahul
Dubai, Oct 19 (Cricket news) Picking Mahendra Singh Dhoni's brain is on KL Rahul's checklist for the next few weeks as he wants to utilise every bit of advice from Team India's mentor, who, according to the opener, always instils a sense of calm into the dressing room.
Rahul, who is all set to open with Rohit Sharma in the T20 World Cup where India will start against Pakistan on Sunday, said that there couldn't have been a better "mentor" than Dhoni in what promises to be a tough journey.
"Obviously, MS Dhoni (being) back with the team feels amazing because we have played under him and we have looked towards him as a mentor even when he was our captain," Rahul, who scored a fine half-century in the warm-up game against England, said during a Clubhouse session on 10 years of Red Bull Campus Cricket.
Dhoni has often been described as an emotion by the observers and fans of the game, an emotion that binds everyone and above all, the Indian dressing room.
Rahul endorsed this view, describing him as the man everyone looks up to.
"We loved having him in the dressing room when he was the captain. We loved the calmness. We have all looked up to him to help us out, to have him here is amazing.
"This gives us a sense of calmness, I have enjoyed spending time with him in the first two to three days and it has been a lot of fun. Looking forward to chewing his brain about cricket, captaincy and all things cricket," he added.
Dhoni has recently led Chennai Super Kings to a fourth IPL title and there is a chance that he would come back one last time in 2022 and play in front of his home crowd at the Chepauk.
"None of us are sure that IPL 2021 final was his last game," Rahul said.
Rahul feels that despite on the other side of 40, the former skipper can hit the farthest sixes beating some of the muscular youngsters.
"I think Dhoni can give any of us stiff competition, he definitely is a guy who can hit the ball farthest, he is very strong and he is good (while running) between the wickets. He looks the fittest, it is good fun to have him," Rahul added.
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Doubting Warner an absolute no-no: Maxwell
Abu Dhabi, Oct 19 (Cricket news) Doubting David Warner "is an absolute no-no," says Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell who is confident that the out-of-form opener will turn things around in the T20 World Cup.
Warner has been woefully out-of-form with his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad removing him from captaincy in May before dropping him from the playing XI for the second time this year during the second leg.
He scored 0 and 2 in the two games he played for Sunrisers in the UAE which was followed by a first-ball duck for Australia in the warm up match against New Zealand on Monday.
"If you ever doubt Davey, it's an absolute no-no," Maxwell was quoted a saying by 'ESPNCricinfo'.
"You know he's going to turn it around. He's a superstar of all three formats. He's made so many runs. He's going to go down as one of the greats of the game." Warner heads into the World Cup having not played an international match in the shortest format for over a year but despite that he has the backing of his teammates including white-ball skipper Aaron Finch.
Talking about Warner's dismissal in the warm up game, Maxwell said: "Unfortunately, he got Martin Guptill'd yesterday with an absolute hanger. Gup seems to do that a lot against us.
"Those sorts of things happen when you're searching for it.
"But you know when he gets out there come game time, come the 23rd regardless of what happens in the next practice game, you know he's going to hit the ground running. He's going to be a big player for us." Maxwell, who had a good outing with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the recently concluded IPL, feels fellow all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will have a good tournament with the bat and the ball.
"I think Mitchell Marsh is going to have a massive tournament. I don't think I've seen anyone hit the ball better, ever." "We all gather around his net and just watch him hit the ball. It's been pretty extraordinary to watch him go about his business at the moment. I'd be really surprised if he didn't have a really good tournament.
"He's got his bowling as well. His presence around the group regardless of what he's doing is second to none. He's the guy everyone wants in their team, he's flying at the moment, so I'm expecting him to have a good tournament," he said.
Australia will open their campaign against South Africa here on Saturday.
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5 takeaways from India’s win against England
(Cricket news) After the IPL, India played England in a warm up match for the World T20 and got enough match practice before the game against Pakistan on Sunday. India produced a clinical performance against a top side as they won by 7 wickets, a lot of positives can be taken out of the performance but a few areas of concern are also there that India can improve before the match against Pakistan.
KL Rahul will open with Rohit Sharma
Like we saw in the IPL, KL Rahul has just continued his immaculate form as he scored 51 runs off just 24 balls, he not only played with class and elegance but the main takeaway from yesterday's innings is that he took full advantage of the powerplay. This is a different kind of Rahul as he usually tends to take his time and build his innings, but if this same trend continues then that would mean Rahul will be the aggressor in the beginning and Rohit can take his time and build partnerships with others.
India's bench strength looks strong
A lot of talk was on whether they should drop Ishan Kishan for Shikhar Dhawan but yesterday he defined his selection after a blistering knock of 70 off 46 balls which included three sixes and seven boundaries. With Ishan, it proves that if in the tournament Ravi Shastri feels like going into the match with a left- right opening combination then he knows that Ishan Kishan will do a job out there. As for India’s bench options, they look pretty strong and most of the players look in good touch.
Suryakumar Yadav should bat at no 4
Yesterday we saw Rishabh Pant at no 4 as it looks more likely that he will bat in that position heading into the World Cup as he is the only left handed batsman in the top 6. The Indian team management need Suryakumar to fire in all cylinders as he's a type of player that can win you matches with unorthodox batting style but heading into the tournament his form in the IPL hasn’t been great. The coaches along with Virat Kohli need to send him up the order so that he takes some balls to settle into a groove which will help him get back to his best.
Varun Chakaravarthy looks like the main spinner in the team
Rahul Chahar only picked up a wicket he conceded to many runs and gave away a lot of length balls as the batsman cherished the freebies. He was trying to get the ball to spin off the surface but wasn’t getting much assistance from it, on the other hand Ashwin bowled a straight line and kept the batsman in check. Varun didn’t play the match as he played the IPL final days a few ago but it won't be a surprise that he will get to bowl his full quota of overs against Australia in the next warm match. The reason Varun might get picked as the lead spinner is because he has the element of mystery in his balling which might cause the opposition batsmans some problems.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form looks like an area of concern
An ever present name on the team sheet, Bhuvi might be struggling this calendar year especially since he hasn’t had a great IPL and it has greatly hampered his confidence. Bhuvi is India's most consistent bowler when it comes to line and length but yesterday he was all over the place as Johnny Bairstow and Moeen Ali took to the raptures as he conceded 54 runs at an economy of 13.5 runs per over. The Indian team management needs to take a decision whether they keep faith in him or replace him with Shardul Thakur or play an extra spinner in his place against Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday.