Enjoying global cricket for the reason that closing century, when a few of his present teammates weren’t even born, Shoaib Malik on Sunday confirmed them the best way with an astonishing 18-ball 54 to arrange Pakistan’s 72-run mauling of Scotland within the T20 Global Cup.
It was once the event’s joint quickest half-century along India opener Ok L Rahul’s 18-ball 50, which additionally got here towards Scotland, as Pakistan stopped the Scots at 117 for 6 after posting an impressive 189 for 4. As her Indian tennis participant spouse Sania Mirza watched from the stands, Malik, 39, blasted six sixes all the way through his whirlwind unbeaten knock, which overshadowed skipper Babar Azam‘s fourth half-century of the event.
Batting first, Pakistan pummelled 129 runs within the again 10 after limping to 60 for 2 on the midway degree. With the ball, the in-form staff did what was once anticipated of them of their closing Tremendous 12 engagement to arrange a semifinal date with Australia.Pakistan blazed their manner into the closing 4 with 5 wins from as many outings, underlining their credentials as one of the crucial company favourites.
Because of Malik’s blitz, Pakistan scored 43 runs within the closing two overs, together with 26 within the ultimate six balls bowled through Chris Greaves. Coincidentally, it was once at this very venue that Malik made his One-day Global debut in October 1999, towards West Indies. His first Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram, retired from the sport just about twenty years in the past.
In the meantime Babar, who as soon as once more donned the function of the accumulator, changed into most effective the 0.33 batter to attain 4 half-centuries in a T20 Global Cup after former Australia opener Matthew Hayden and India captain Virat Kohli, who completed the feat in 2007 and 2014 respectively. Having struggled to 60 for 2 on the midway degree, Pakistan were given 129 runs in again 10.2
Opting to bat first, Babar Mohammad Rizwan have been off to a sedate get started, because the Scotland bowlers controlled to stay the run price under six till the facility play. Having smoked Bradley Wheal for a huge six over deep mid-wicket, Rizwan was once pushed aside through Hamza Tahir, who drew the batter with a tossed-up supply prior to getting an under-edge to the wicketkeeper.2
The Scots merits plaudits for the way by which they saved a lid at the Pakistan scoring as they ended the facility play at 35 for no loss, which changed into 35 for one within the first ball of the following over with Rizwan’s dismissal. Pakistan weren’t so smartly positioned at 60 for 2 on the midway degree as Scotland controlled to stay their combatants to a run a ball.
Then again, issues modified utterly as Pakistan entered the again 10 with each Babar and the veteran Mohammad Hafeez (31 off 19 balls) chopping free to transparent the ropes at common periods all the way through a brisk 53-run third-wicket partnership.
Babar was once his standard elegant self when he performed the ball alongside the bottom, however on the similar time, he didn’t hesitate to move excessive, the results of which have been 3 sixes.2
After Babar’s dismissal, the display belonged to Malik. In an enormous chase, Scotland misplaced the wickets of skipper Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Pass with simply 36 runs within the board. Scotland have been by no means within the recreation as they struggled to 42 for 2 on the finish of the primary 10 overs.
Richie Berrington was once the lone Scotland batter to polish with a 54 ball off 37 balls. Some of the largest positives for Pakistan bowling was once the way by which Shadab Khan (2/140 bowled, getting his googlies and leg-spinners proper forward of the massive semifinal towards the Aussies.