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ENG vs SCO Highlights, T20 World Cup 2024 Rain Forces Abandonment of England vs Scotland Clash

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Rain Halts Play at Kensington Oval

The T20 World Cup2024 match between England and Scotland at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, ended in disappointment as heavy rain forced the game to be abandoned without a ball bowled in the second innings. Scotland had set a revised target of 109 runs for England under the DLS method, but persistent rain made play impossible.

Scotland’s Strong Start

Scotland started their innings brightly, with openers Michael Jones and George Munsey sharing an unbeaten 90-run partnership. Munsey scored 41 off 31 deliveries, while Jones contributed 45 from 30 balls. The match was initially reduced to a 10-over contest due to rain, and Scotland made the most of the limited overs to post a competitive score of 90 for no loss in T20 World Cup2024.

England’s Bowling Struggles

England struggled with their bowling, failing to take any wickets and not fully exploiting the surface, which had some assistance for the bowlers. Despite the conditions, England’s bowlers couldn’t make significant inroads, allowing Scotland to build a strong platform.

Revised Target and Rain Interruption

The officials set the revised target for England at 109 runs in 10 overs, requiring them to score at over 10 runs per over.However, before the second innings could commence, the intensifying rain led officials to bring on the covers.The cut-off time for a five-over chase was 12:22 am IST (6:52 pm GMT), but with the rain continuing, hopes of a resumption dwindled.

Match Called Off

Eventually, the match was officially called off, and both teams were awarded a point each. The abandonment was frustrating for both sides, as the game promised to be an exciting contest. The rain had the final say, leaving fans and players alike disappointed.

Post-Match Reactions

England Captain: Jos Buttler

England captain Jos Buttler expressed his hope for better weather in their next match. “We hope for a dry day in our next game and that we get a full game. It was a tough call to play Archer and Wood, but we have good options, and selection is always a tough job,” Buttler said.

Scotland Captain: Richie Berrington

Scotland’s skipper Richie Berrington shared his frustration but remained positive about their batting performance. “It’s frustrating for everyone. The batters did a really good job, and we’ll take positives from this effort. We had a chance on this pitch with its uneven bounce. If we had bowled and fielded well, we had an opportunity,” Berrington remarked. He also praised the opening partnership of Michael Jones and George Munsey.

Looking Ahead

With the game abandoned, both teams have opened their accounts in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup2024 with one point each. England’s record of never having beaten a European team in Men’s T20 World Cups continues. However, the tournament action moves forward, with the other game of the day between the Netherlands and Nepal taking place in Dallas.