At the start of his innings, Mohammad Rizwan needed just 5 runs to overtake the West Indian batter’s record. Gayle had mounted those runs in 2015.
The Pakistani opener has been in phenomenal form this year. He already held the record of most T20 international runs, and now has added another feather to his cap. Mohammad Rizwan now has 1676 runs in 41 T20 innings this year while playing for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the National T20 Cup, Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League and for Pakistan.
India captain Virat Kohli stands third in the all-time list for his 1614 runs scored in 2016, for India and in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Scotland keep Pakistan in check with twin strikes
Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bat first. Babar and Mohammad Rizwan started cautiously, scoring 18 runs off the first four overs, before they teed off against Bradley Wheal, picking up 14 runs from the fifth over. Safyaan Sharif bowled a tight three-run sixth over as Pakistan ended the powerplay at 35/0.
On the first ball after the powerplay, Hamza Tahir gave Scotland the first breakthrough in the form of Rizwan, caught off an under-edge by wicket-keeper Matthew Cross.
Azam launched Mark Watt for his first six of the night but saw Fakhar Zaman hole out in the deep off Chris Greaves. Pakistan are 60/2 at the 10-over mark and Scotland will fancy their chances to restrict Pakistan to a par score.