Scots beaten again by Pakistan in second T20


Shoaib Malik’s whirlwind innings set Scotland a demanding total to chase
T20 international, Edinburgh:
Pakistan 166-6 (20 overs): Malik 49no, Zaman 33; Leask 3-31
Scotland 82 all out (14.4 overs): MacLeod 25; Faheem 3-5, Shinwari 2-4
Pakistan won by 84 runs

Scotland suffered a second T20 defeat by Pakistan in successive days as they were bowled out for 82 chasing 167 for victory in Edinburgh.

Shoaib Malik’s unbeaten 49 off 22 balls propelled Pakistan to 166-6 in their 20 overs, Fakhar Zaman (33) and Ahmed Shehzad (24) also weighing in.

The Scots, who lost by 48 runs on Tuesday, succumbed swiftly as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Only Calum MacLeod (25) and Richie Berrington (20) mustered resistance.

Usman Shinwari removed both Scottish openers, George Munsey (0) and captain Kyle Coetzer (1) cheaply, while the impressive Faheem Ashraf took 3-5 off 2.4 overs.

Dylan Budge, Safyaan Sharif and Mark Watt were all run out as the visitors cleaned up with more than five overs to spare.

The two T20 defeats followed Scotland’s memorable first one-day win over England on Sunday.

Scotland head to the Netherlands on Thursday for a Tri-Series tournament which will see them play two games against the hosts and two more against Ireland.

Post-match reaction:

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer: “It’s been a pretty special four days. I’d have said beforehand that if we came out of these three games having won one of them, we’d have taken that.

“But having won the first one we were hoping to go on and get a second. It wasn’t to be but we’ve played some excellent cricket over the four days.

“The atmosphere has been superb, people have filed through the gates and that is an absolute credit to Scottish cricket and everyone involved in setting this up.

“These kind of occasions are where we want to be and that’s what we’ll be pushing forward for.”

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