SCO vs PAK 2018 2nd T20I: Shoaib Malik Brisk Knock help Pakistan Whitewash Scotland
Pakistan registered a comprehensive 84-run victory against Scotland in the second of the two-match T20I series to inflict a whitewash on hosts.
It was a terrific all-round performance by Pakistan which helped them register a quite convincing victory in the end. After an ODI victory against England, Scotland will be pretty disappointed with their performance in the T20I series.
It was Shoaib Malik who played a blinder of an innings which helped the men in green recover from a middle-order slump and post a competitive 166 on the board.
Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat. The opening duo of Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad shared a 54 runs stand before Michael Leask dismissed Shehzad. Zaman continued his blazing form and got Pakistan off to a flying start. Mark Watt eventually got rid-off the southpaw after making 33 off 25 deliveries. The innings studded with six fours.
Despite a brisk start, there was a middle-order slump which reduced Pakistan to 98/5. From there on, it was a sensational knock from the blade of Shoaib Malik which got Pakistan back into the game and eventually helped them post a quite competitive total.
He was at his imperious best and smashed four and five sixes during his knock of 49 off 22 deliveries.
It was a great inning by Malik especially when Pakistan required the most Michael Leask was the pick of Scotish bowlers bagging three wickets for just 31 runs. It was a good spell of bowling by the spinner. The score of 166 was going to be a tough ask for Scotland especially given the fact Pakistan has a promising bowling line-up.
The hosts got off to the worst possible starts losing the first two wickets of George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer quite cheaply. Usman Khan bagged both the wickets. Scotland could never get going and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Faheem Ashraf was the wrecker-in-chief for Pakistan, as he bagged three wickets in the middle overs to derail Scotland’s progress.
There was no way back for the hosts and it became just a matter of time. They were eventually bowled out for a paltry score of 82 runs in the 15th over. It was a superb piece of bowling by the visitors which saw them brushing aside the hosts with disdain.
Leg-spinner Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz also chipped in with a couple of wickets each.
Pakistan 166/6 in 20 overs (Shoaib Malik 49*, Fakhar Zaman 33, Michael Leask 3/31)
Scotland 82 all-out in 14.4 overs (Calum MacLeod 26, Faheem Ashraf 3/6)
Pakistan won by 85 runs