Scotland Lost To Pakistan In The First T20I
Scotland Lost To Pakistan In The First T20I: Pakistan defeated Scotland by 48 runs in the first Twenty20 International of the two-match series here on Tuesday.
Chasing a huge total of 205, the minnows were restricted to 156 for six in the 20 overs due to some excellent bowling by the top-ranked T20 team.
Leg-spinner Shadab Khan and pace bowler Hasan Ali claimed two wickets each for 25 and 33 runs, respectively, while left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz and fast bowler Mohammad Amir took one wicket each.
For Scots, Michael Leask top-scored with an unbeaten 38 from 24 balls, hitting two sixes and three fours.
The hosts’ run chase went flat as Scotland finished on 156 for six in response to Pakistan’s 204 for four at the Grange.
Scotland had made a bright start, with Ali Evans dismissing Ahmed Shehzad (14) and Fakhar Zaman (21) before Richie Berrington removed Hussain Talat (18).
But they could have done with debutant spinner Hamza Tahir was given a bruising introduction as he was smashed for 57 costly runs off his four overs.
Having set a steady rate in the early stages, Pakistan put their foot on the gas in the final five overs.
Captain Sarfraz Ahmed led the way as he racked up an impressive unbeaten 89 from just 49 balls, with Shoaib Malik hitting 53 from 27 deliveries.
That left the Scots requiring a repeat of the big-hitting which saw them run up a tally of 371 for five against England.
George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer made a decent start in reply, notching 50 runs from the first five overs.
But the introduction of Hasan Ali to the Pakistan attack provided the injection of pace they were looking for and when he removed Munsey for 25, the Scots looked in trouble.
With Calum MacLeod, Sunday’s star of the show with his 140 not out knock, trapped lbw by Shadab Khan for just 12, the fight quickly drifted out of the hosts’ showing.
Scotland will have a second chance to shock Pakistan when the teams meet again today.
Date 12th June 2018
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue: Grange Cricket Club
Umpires: A J T Dowdalls, D A HaggoTV
UmpireI N Ramag
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