T20 World Cup: Clinical Pakistan beat Scotland by 72 runs
- Shoaib Malik was adjudged man of the match
- For Pakistan, Babar Azam scored a solid 66 off 47 balls
- In the semis, Pakistan will be up against Australia on November 11
Pakistan cricket team, led by Babar Azam, dished out a clinical performance as they breezed past Scotland by 72 in their final ICC men's T20 World Cup Super 12 group 2 match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, on Sunday night. Pakistan ended their group stage by being the toppers.
Batting, Pakistan set up a daunting 189/4, courtesy of a brilliant batting display from Babar Azam (66 off 47 balls) and veteran Shoaib Malik (54 off 18 balls). In reply, a spirited Scotland could only muster a paltry score of 117/6 in their 20 overs.
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Shoaib Malik, playing international cricket since the last century, scored a sizzling fifty. It was the tournament's joint-fastest half-century alongside Indian opener KL Rahul's 18-ball 50.
As her Indian tennis player wife Sania Mirza watched from the stands, Malik, 39, blasted six sixes during his whirlwind unbeaten knock, which overshadowed skipper Babar Azam's fourth half-century of the tournament.
Batting first, Pakistan pummelled 129 runs in the back 10 after limping to 60 for two at the halfway stage.
Talking about the win, Pakistan captain Babar Azam said: "We are confident about each other's ability. We are playing as a unit and hence playing consistent cricket. We wanted to bat first. We couldn't play well in the PP. Hafeez played well and so did Malik. He used his experience and played well towards the end."
"We have been confident. We would want to continue with the same momentum. Dubai is one of the best stadiums. We love the fans over here and there as well. The way they come and cheer for us is amazing," he added.
What Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer said about the Pakistan match and the tournament.
"I thought we really bowled well. Especially in the PP. When you know the kind of quality Pakistan has in the batting department, they will get hold of you. It is a huge occasion for associate nations," Coetzer said.
"Going home, we hope we have inspired people back home. If you play hard enough, you can be a part of a competition like this. We have got some fantastic players in our group. Playing in these conditions was challenging for us. And then we will assess what would be the challenges when we play the WC in Australia," the captain added.