Scotland wicket-keeper Matthew Cross had a cheeky method of motivating his bowler during their game against New Zealand in the Super 12 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup. The two teams are battling it out at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in a Group 2 match on Wednesday.
During the 8th over of the Kiwis’ batting innings, there was a funny moment. Right arm leg-spinner Chris Greaves was set to bowl his fourth delivery when the keeper, Cross, found a creative way to motivate his bowler.
Just as Glenn Phillips was about to take guard, Cross shouted: “Come on Greavo [Greaves], you’ve got the whole of India behind you here, Greavo.” Cross was pointing to how India is dependent on the results of the different matches in the group in order to qualify.
Watch Matthew Cross’ cheeky moment here:
As of now, India has lost both their games and no longer holds their destiny in their own hands. Even if they manage to win their next three games, they are reliant on the New Zealand and Afghanistan teams losing at least one of their matches.
It seems unlikely that the Kiwis will lose this game, however, courtesy of a Martin Guptill special. The opener scored a magnificent 93 off just 56 balls, aided by Phillips’ contribution in the middle-order. In the process, Guptill also breached the 3000-run milestone. Eventually, the Kiwis set a target of 173 for the Scottish side.