Pakistan will be aiming to seal a series win when they take on Scotland in the second and final T20I at Edinburgh on Wednesday. The visitors took a 1-0 lead in the series after a comprehensive 48-run win in the first T20I on Tuesday.
For the second game in a row, Sarfraz has won the toss and elected to bat first at the Grange Cricket Club ground. After Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad added 60 runs for the first wicket, the hosts struck back with vengeance as give wickets fell in the space of 28 runs. Michael Leask was the star with the ball for Scotland with three vital scalps. It took an entertaining unbeaten cameo of 49 from just 22 balls off the bat of Shoaib Malik to help Pakistan post 166-6 in their 20 overs.
In reply, Scotland never got going with the bat in the tie after losing George Munsey to the very third delivery of the innings. A procession of wickets followed and soon, the hosts were bowled out for just 82 runs inside 15 overs to hand Pakistan a 2-0 series win. Faheem Ashraf starred with the ball for Pakistan with three wickets while conceding just five runs.
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The New Zealand women’s continued to break records against Ireland as the White Ferns posted 440 for three in the third one-day game against Ireland in Dublin on Wednesday.
Amelia Kerr smashed an unbeaten 232 from just 145 balls with 31 fours and two sixes to help the Kiwis cross the 400-run mark once again on Wednesday after posting 490 for four and 418 in the previous two matches against the same opponents.
The White Ferns became the first team in men’s or women’s cricket to cross 400 in an ODI for three straight matches.
Kerr also became the youngest ever to hit a double-ton in international cricket. She broke the record of Pakistan legend Javed Miandad who hit a double ton in Tests at the age of 19 years and 140 days, against New Zealand in Karachi. Kerr achieved the feat at the age of 17 years and 243 days.
It was the first three-figure score for Kerr in international cricket after 19 ODIs and nine T20s.
The 37-year-old started the lecture off by thanking the BCCI for giving him the honour of becoming the first non-Indian to deliver the lecture.
“To be completely honest with you, I am still a little overwhelmed to have been asked to speak following the great and the good of Indian cricket who have given this lecture over the past five years,” Pietersen stated.
“Seriously though, to be the first overseas cricketer to give this lecture, it feels nothing less than incredible. I believe there are those in the local media who met the news of my selection using words a little stronger than incredible!”
The South Africa-born star took the opportunity to exalt the virtues of Test cricket in his speech.
“Let’s make Test cricket a spectacle. Garnish it with colour and fireworks. Fill the grounds. Play in the evenings. Give the umpires microphones to broadcast to the spectators,” he said.
“Allow sledging – as long as it remains the right side of the line. Communicate better with the fans,” he added.
The flamboyant batsman also had some words of advice for the Afghanistan cricket team before their inaugural Test against India which gets underway on Thursday at Bengaluru.
Speaking to Test cricket’s latest entrants, Pietersen asked, “What does it take to succeed in a Test match? What makes it different from the other forms of the game in which you have already excelled?”
“For me, it’s the ability to take your lessons from the nets into the heat of battle.
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“It’s the determination to prepare, practise and give 100 per cent commitment to everything away from the game. I appreciate that’s quite lot to ask for before Thursday! But I know some of you personally and you have been demonstrating those qualities and that application for a long time now.”
Over the course of his career, Pietersen played 136 Tests, 136 ODIs and 37 T20Is for England and is the country’s fifth highest run-getter in Test cricket history with 8,181 runs. He had recently retired from all forms of professional cricket after his stint in the last edition of the Pakistan Super League.