New Delhi. On Sunday, Pakistan defeated Scotland by a huge margin of 72 runs and made it to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup as the group topper. In this match of Super-12 stage played in Sharjah, Pakistan scored 189 runs losing 4 wickets in 20 overs. Scotland team could score only 117 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. With this win, Pakistan reached the top of Group-2 with 10 points. New Zealand team is second in this group, which has 8 points from 4 wins in 5 matches.
Now in the first semi-final, England will face New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on November 10, while Pakistan and Australia will face each other in the second semi-final to be held in Dubai on November 11. The final match will be played on November 14 in Dubai itself.
Chasing the target of 190 runs, the Scotland team had a poor start and their 4 wickets fell to just 41 runs. Captain Kyle Coetzer (9) was bowled by Hasan Ali on the third ball of the sixth over of the innings. Wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Cross (5) was run out by Imad Wasin. After this, Shadab Khan took 2 wickets in the 11th over of the innings, caught George Munsey (17) in the hands of Haris Rauf on the first ball and bowled Dylan Budge (0) on the third ball. Then Richie Berrington added 46 runs for the 5th wicket with Michael Leask (14). Shaheen Afridi broke this partnership by bowling Lisk (14).
Earlier, Pakistan scored a mammoth score of 189 for 4 with captain Babar Azam’s restrained innings of 66 runs in 47 balls and finally Shoaib Malik’s swashbuckling half-century of 54 runs off 18 balls. Pakistan lost 77 runs in the last 5 overs and added 114 runs in the last 8 overs.
Malik’s aggression can be gauged from his 26 runs in the last over in which he hit 3 sixes and a four. He hit a total of 6 sixes in his innings. This was also Azam’s fourth fifty in this tournament. He faced 47 balls and hit five fours and three sixes in his innings. Mohammad Hafeez contributed 31 runs. Both of them shared 53 runs in 32 balls for the third wicket.
Malik came to the crease after Hafeez was dismissed off the last ball of the 15th over, who took an aggressive approach as soon as he came and batted vigorously, hitting six sixes while hitting a four. For Scotland, Chris Greaves took 2 wickets while Safyan Sharif and Hamza Tahir took 1-1. Opener Mohammad Rizwan (15 runs in 19 balls) was having some trouble playing initially, due to which the team could add only 35 runs in the powerplay. Rizwan was out in the very next over.
Fakhar Zaman (08) did not perform well in this match as well and he could not stay at the crease for long. He was caught at a cow corner in an attempt to play the ball of Greaves, due to which the team’s score was 59 for 2 wickets. Hafeez (4 fours and a six in 19 balls) came in and hit some brilliant boundaries and played his captain well.
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