Shoaib Malik has been playing international cricket since the last century, when some of his current teammates had not even been born, and showed them the way on Sunday with an astonishing 18-ball 54 to set up. Pakistan’s 72 runs off Scotland in the T20 World Cup. It was the tournament’s joint fastest half-century after Indian opening batsman KL Rahul’s 18-ball 50, which also came against Scotland, as Pakistan stopped the Scots at 117 for six after hitting a imposing 189 for four. While her Indian tennis player wife Sania Mirza watched from the stands, Malik (39) blew six sixes during his whirlwind unbeaten run, which overshadowed captain Babar Azam’s fourth half of the tournament.
Batting first, Pakistan smashed 129 runs in the back 10 after falling to 60 for two in the half.
With the ball, the informed team did what was expected of them in their last Super 12 engagement to set up a semi-final with Australia.
Pakistan have fired their way to the last four with five wins from so many outings, underlining their credentials as one of the firm favorites.
Thanks to Malik’s lightning, Pakistan have scored 43 runs in the last two overs, including 26 in the last six balls bowled by Chris Greaves. It was by chance at this very venue that Malik made his One Day International Debut against the West Indies in October 1999.
His first Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram, retired from the game almost two decades ago.
Meanwhile, Babar, who once again played the role of the accumulator, became only the third batsman to score four half-centuries in a T20 World Cup after former Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden and India captain Virat Kohli, who achieved the feat in 2007 respectively. and 2014. .
After Pakistan struggled in the halfway to 60 for two, Pakistan got 129 runs behind 10. Babar Mohammad Rizwan opted to bat first and got off to a solid start as the Scotland bowlers managed to keep the run rate below six until the match.
After smoking Bradley Wheal for a huge six over deep midfield, Rizwan was suspended by Hamza Tahir, who pulled the batsman off with a thrown delivery before getting a bottom to the wicketkeeper.
The Scots deserve praise for the way they kept a lid on the Pakistani score as they ended the match at 35 for no loss, which became 35 for one in the first ball of the next over with Rizwan’s dismissal.
Pakistan were not so well placed at 60 for two in the halfway stage as Scotland managed to keep their opponents at a ball.
However, things changed completely when Pakistan entered the back 10 with both Babar and veteran Mohammad Hafeez (31 off 19 balls) cutting loose to clear the ropes at regular intervals during a quick partnership of 53 runs third wicket .
Babar was his usual posh self when he played the ball next to the ground, but at the same time he did not hesitate to go up, the result of which was three sixes.
After Babar’s dismissal, the program belonged to Malik. In a massive chase, Scotland lost the wickets of captain Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross by just 36 runs on the board.
Scotland were never in the game as they struggled to 42 for two at the end of the first 10 overs. Richie Berrington was the only Scotland batsman to shine with a 54-yard 37-pointer.
One of the biggest positive aspects for Pakistan’s bowling was the way Shadab Khan (2/140 bowled) and his googlies and leg spinners got right before the big semi-final against the Aussies.
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