Archer was dropped from the Millwall team for the midweek victory over Birmingham and was not in the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Brighton.Bannan – who has not featured under Scotland boss Alex McLeish – played the full 90 minutes and set up three goals as Sheffield Wednesday beat Blackburn 4-2 on Saturday.There was better news for McLeish as key midfielder Callum McGregor played the full game as Celtic beat Dundee 1-0, before meeting up with his international team-mates at Glasgow Airport.The 25-year-old had been missing for four matches with a calf problem. Livingston goalkeeper Liam Kelly and Kilmarnock centre-back Stuart Findlay were handed first call-ups.Mulgrew has missed his club’s last two games after suffering a hamstring injury and his absence leaves Scotland facing issues in central defence.Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna also emerged as an injury doubt for the after the 22-year-old played with a heavily-bandaged thigh during his team’s 1-1 draw with Livingston on Saturday.Findlay was a Scotland Under-21 regular and has impressed under Steve Clarke at Kilmarnock. The other two centre-backs in the squad are John Souttar of Hearts and Hamburg’s David Bates. Andy Robertson became the latest player to drop out of Scotland’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier just before the squad set off for Kazakhstan.The Liverpool left-back has a dental problem which requires surgery and will miss Thursday’s game in the Astana Arena, but could feature against San Marino three days later.Scotland captain Robertson played in a Premier League win over Fulham on Sunday but is set to be replaced at left-back by Kieran Tierney.The Scottish Football Association had earlier confirmed that Blackburn captain Charlie Mulgrew, Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan had pulled out.
India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final to win their second World Cup titleThe tenth edition of the World Cup returned to the subcontinent after 15 years and was jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Pakistan, who were also scheduled to be a co-host, were stripped off their hosting rights following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.A total of fourteen teams took part, including ten full members(Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) and four associate members(Canada, Ireland, Kenya and Netherlands) of the ICC.Pakistan clearly dominated Group A with five wins alongside a rare defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the group stage. Sri Lanka, who won four games, finished second followed by Australia and New Zealand to make the quarter-finals.In Group B, South Africa clinched the top spot with five wins and just one loss. India managed to finish second with four wins alongside one loss and a tie. England and West Indies managed to finish third and fourth in the group to seal their quarter-finals berth.Though England managed to qualify for the knockout stage, their World Cup campaign was jolted by the shock losses to minnows Ireland and Bangladesh in the group stage. On one hand where Ireland pulled off a shock run-chase of a mammoth 327 runs(thanks to 63-ball 113 by Kevin O’Brien) against England, Bangladesh’s fiery bowling attack inflicted the second defeat on Andrew Strauss’ men.advertisementThe first quarter-final saw Shahid Afridi’s majestic spell of 4/30 reducing West Indies to a shambolic 112 runs and Pakistan chasing the paltry total under 21 overs. Riding on Yuvraj Singh’s all-round performance(2/44 & 57*), India knocked out defending champions Australia in the second quarter-final.South Africa looked set to seal their semi-finals berth after reducing New Zealand to a mere 221 runs in the third quarter-final. But, Jacob Oram(4/39) and Nathan McCullum(3/24) ensured the Proteas fell short by 49 runs. In the fourth quarter-final, Upul Tharanga(102) and Tillakaratne Dilshan(108) powered the Lankans to a 10-wicket win over England.Sri Lanka’s five-wicket win over New Zealand and India’s 29-run triumph over arch-rivals Pakistan in the semis ensured the progress of two Asian teams in the coveted final for the first time in the history of the World Cup. It was also the first time since the 1992 World Cup that the World Cup final did not feature Australia.MS Dhoni-led India were clearly the favourites to clinch the World title but Mahela Jayawardene(103) ensured Sri Lanka achieved a competitive total of 274/6 after batting first. In reply, India lost Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar cheaply to Lasith Malinga. But, Gautam Gambhir(97) played the anchor role while skipper Dhoni(91) finished off the game in style.India clinched the World Cup title for the second time in the history of the tournament following their six-wicket win over the Lankans. It was also Sachin Tendulkar’s first World Cup win in six tournament appearances for India.Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was declared the Man of the Series for his 362 runs and 15 wickets in the tournament. Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi(21) and India’s Zaheer Khan(21) were the leading wicket-takers while Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan(500) turned out to be the top run-scorer in the tournament.