Having won the first match by 48 runs, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first again. His side managed to put up a challenging 166-6 on board after 20 overs before his bowlers ran through Scotland’s batting-order in no time to bowl them out for just 82 runs.
Here, we look at the key talking points from Pakistan’s comprehensive victory.
PAKISTAN OPENERS CASH IN
Pakistan would have got off to a disastrous start had Calum Macleod not dropped a straightforward chance off the third delivery of the match. Scotland pacer had the dangerous Fakhar Zaman edging to MacLeod at second slip but the hero of the hosts’ win over England let the ball slip through his hand for a boundary.
That was all Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad needed as they went after the bowlers in the powerplay. While the former was his usual belligerent self, cutting and hooking with will, the latter soon found his groove and hit two big sixes.
By the end of six overs, the visitors had raced to 54-0 to put themselves in control.
LEASK TRIGGERS MIDDLE-ORDER COLLAPSE
With Pakistan’s openers going great guns, another daunting chase seemed to be on the cards for the hosts. That was until left-arm spinner Mark Watt got the breakthrough with the dismissal of Zaman in the eighth over. In the very next over, off-spinner Michael Leask had the well set Shehzad caught on the boundary ropes.
Soon, it became a procession of batsmen returning to the dressing room with Leask calling the shots. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was unable to continue his fine form as he was caught following a combined effort from Dylan Budge and Watt at the edge of the boundary.
Youngsters Hussain Talat and Asif Ali perished within the space of three deliveries to the off-spin of Leask with both the batsmen getting dismissed while attempting a big stroke. With the fall of Asif, Pakistan had gone from 60-0 to 98-5 as Scotland came roaring back into the tie.
SHOAIB MALIK CAMEO REVIVES PAKISTAN
After the middle-order collapse, Pakistan looked destined for an under-par score before veteran Shoaib Malik took control of the innings. Just like he had done on Tuesday, the 37-year-old dealt mostly in sixes to make the most of the short boundaries at the Grange Cricket Club.
The right-hander was batting on 17 with two overs to go and then went on a rampage against pacer Safiyaan Sharif in the penultimate over. He struck the bowler for two sixes and a boundary before being dropped by Leask at long-off on the final delivery. That drop would come back to haunt Scotland as Malik struck two more sixes to remain unbeaten on 49 from just 22 deliveries.
The right-handed batsman ensured Pakistan posted a challenging total of 166-6 as 34 runs came off the final two overs.
SCOTLAND FAIL MISERABLY WITH THE BAT
A chase of 167 was always going to be tricky for the Scots but they made a hash of it by collapsing in the powerplay itself. First, Geroge Munsey fell for a duck in the very third delivery of the innings after chipping a tame drive off Usman Khan Shinwari straight into hands of Zaman. Then, Usman struck again by shattering the stumps of Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer in his next over before Faheem Ashraf had Richie Berrington caught at mid-on six deliveries later.
None of Scotland’s batsmen delivered with MacLeod being the only one to cross the 25-run mark. They were suspect against both pace and spin. Once their top-order was back in the pavilion within the powerplay overs, the hosts never got an opportunity to recover.
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.