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Former champions Pakistan will strive to continue their unbeaten run when they play minnows Scotland in their crucial last Super 12 Group 2 match of the T20 World Cup on Sunday. Pakistan, who won the title in 2009, have so far been simply sensational in the tournament and have dominated over other teams in their group to clinch a place in the last four with four convincing victories. If arch-rivals India were blown away by 10 wickets, New Zealand were outscored by five wickets in the team’s first two matches. Afghanistan made life difficult for them for a while, but Asif Ali deposited four sixes in six balls to save them before Pakistan clinched their place in the semi-finals with a 45-run victory over Namibia in their last match .
Pakistan’s opening batsmen, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, were on fire and when they did not do the job, their middle order was given the opportunity, while the six-point machine proved Asif to be one of the best players so far in the tournament.
Although they have contributed, people like Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik will hope to be more consistent and stay to the end.
In the bowling division, speed duo Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi were their best bowlers with seven and five wickets respectively so far, while spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan also did the work requested of them.
The only worrying thing is the form of seam bowler Hasan Ali, who went for runs. With the semi-final assured, Pakistan might rest a few players and give other opportunities in the unimportant match.
For Scotland, it will be an uphill task, but they will hope to put in a better performance than their previous game and end things on a positive note. Scotland have won all three matches to qualify for the Super 12, but have stayed out of the match after losing the last four matches.
The loss of eight wickets against India on Friday night was the hardest to digest, but captain Kyle Coetzer will hope that the interaction with Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, in Dubai will inspire the team to put on a good performance. . Pakistan.