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Rain forces England-Scotland encounter to be abandoned

 England were set an adjusted target of 109 off 10 overs but rain has had the final say

England were set an adjusted target of 109 off 10 overs but rain has had the final say © AFP

The opening game of defending champions England, against Scotland, in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, 2024 was washed out due to rain in Barbados.

Opting to bat first, Scotland's openers put on a strong partnership that led them to a good position despite rain interventions. The match started after a delay because of a damp spot on the pitch which took some time to dry off. Eventually when it began, no overs were lost. Scotland racked up 51 in 6.1 overs before rain made an appearance and forced a delay of over two hours.

The post-rain permutations threw a spanner in the works in terms of who could bowl for England. With the match being reduced to ten overs per side, no bowler could bowl more than two. Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, their pace heavyweights who posed the biggest challenge for Scotland, had already bowled their quota before the break. Together they gave away only 23 in their four overs. Once they couldn't bowl after the break, Buttler was forced to turn predominantly to spin with Chris Jordan having one over. George Munsey and Michael Joones brought out the sweeps and reverse sweeps to put them off course. Adil Rashid conceded 26 in his two overs as Scotland racked up a challenging total of 90, which was revised to 109 with DLS calculations.

Being in with a good chance in a rain-reduced game, Scotland's hopes were however pipped by persistent rain that saw points being shared eventually in the Group B encounter.

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