Last Update on: November 7th, 2021 at 11:19 pm
Pakistan finish as the Group 2 topper with 5 wins in 5 matches by defeating Scotland by 72 runs on Sunday in Sharjah.
Chasing 190, Scotland batters were kept tied down in the powerplay as they could hit just three boundaries for 24 runs while losing skipper Kyle Coetzer to Hasan Ali. Matthew Cross got run out in the 8th over before Shadab Khan delivered a two-wicket over, dismissing George Munsey, who struggled for 17 runs off 31 balls, and Dylan Budge.
Scotland’s fourth and fifth boundaries came in the 12th over from the bat of Richie Berrington. Michael Leask stroked a couple of fours but was castled by Shaheen Afridi.
Berrington would hammer Hasan Ali for a straight six and raised his fifty as well – but that was all in vain as the result, by then, was a foregone conclusion. Scotland bowed out with 5 losses in the Super 12 after winning three in a row in the qualifying round.
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. 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 but saw Fakhar Zaman hole out in the deep off Chris Greaves.
Babar then hit a flurry of boundaries to up the ante. He was joined in the act by Mohammad Hafeez who thumped Safyaan Sharif for a six and couple of fours but the pacer had the last laugh trapping Hafeez lbw. After bringing up his fifty, the Babar attacked the spinners, whacking a couple of more hits overs the fence. Greaves returned to dismiss Babar on 66.
Veteran batsman Shoaib Malik then provided the late flourish with a blazing 18-ball fifty. Malik slammed Watt for his first six before taking down Sharif for two sixes in the 19th over and slammed Greaves for three maximums in the last over. Malik’s blitzkrieg helped Pakistan take 43 runs off the last two overs, catapulting the total to 189!
Earlier in the day, New Zealand defeated Afghanistan by 8 wickets in Abu Dhabi and sealed their spot in the semi-final with their fourth victory, eliminating India. England and Australia are the two semi-finalists from Group 1.
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