Bumrah leads India past Pakistan, Scots win again at WC

India have beaten rivals Pakistan by six runs in a low-scoring but tense T20 World Cup encounter in front of a whopping 34,000 fans in New York.

Sunday's result moves India to the top of Group A with two wins from their opening two matches, while Pakistan are in real trouble, with no points following their upset by the hosts, the United States.

Scotland remain unbeaten after three matches in Group B after Brandon McMullen hit an undefeated 61 runs in 31 balls — including two sixes and nine fours — to beat Oman by seven wickets.

Oman chose to bat first in Antigua and scored 7-150 with Pratik Athavale (54) and Ayaan Khan (41 not out) dominating the innings.

The Scots comfortably reached 3-153 in 13.1 overs with opener George Munsey smashing a 20-ball 41.

Brandon McMullen and Matthew Cross.
Scotland batsmen Brandon McMullen (L) and Matthew Cross (R) celebrate their win over Oman. (AP PHOTO)

At Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first on a two-paced pitch where rain interruptions made things difficult for India, who struggled to get going and were dismissed for 119.

In response, Mohammad Rizwan laid the platform for the chase with a patient knock but Pakistan fell short after losing wickets at regular intervals while India's star pacer Jasprit Bumrah (3-14) made crucial breakthroughs while bowling 15 dot balls.

Pakistan lost skipper Babar Azam (13) when he edged Bumrah to the slips while Usman Khan and Fakhar Zaman also fell for 13.

But Rizwan, who was dropped in the third over by Shivam Dube near the boundary, went on to make 31 before Bumrah made another crucial breakthrough when he had the opener bowled.

The game suddenly turned India's way when Rishabh Pant took a second running catch to dismiss Shadab Khan as Pakistan's required run-rate crept up and left them needing 21 runs off the last two overs.

Bumrah was saved for the penultimate over where the pace spearhead conceded only three runs and finished his spell with his third wicket when Iftikhar Ahmed was caught in the deep.

"We played too many dot balls and the pressure was on us," Pakistan captain Babar said.

"You can't expect too much from tailenders. We were not up to the mark in the first six overs, we had targeted 40-45 runs, but we couldn't capitalise properly."

India fans celebrate.
Indian supporters celebrate in the sell-out crowd in Westbury, New York. (AP PHOTO)

In India's knock, which was delayed by rain, Rohit set the tone in the first over when he launched a Shaheen Afridi delivery into the stands behind midwicket.

Pant, who got dropped twice in top-scoring with 42 off 31, was one of only three India batters to cross the double-figure mark, along with Axar Patel (20) and Sharma (13).

India great Virat Kohli lasted just three balls, striking a boundary off Shah's first ball before he mistimed another big drive off the fast bowler and was caught in the covers.

"We didn't bat well enough," Rohit said.

"But the bowlers did the job for us. The never-say-die attitude in the team with 119 on the board, we didn't make early inroads but we got together and said if it can happen to us, it could happen to them."

With AP.