Pakistan weren’t as dominant with the bat as they had been 24 hours previously, but still packed far too many bowling guns for Scotland, easing to an 84-run victory on Wednesday (June 13) to complete a 2-0 sweep in the Twenty20 International series.
Having breezed to a 48-run win at The Grange in Edinburgh in the first match on Tuesday, Pakistan were even more comfortable victors for a second evening in a row after Sarfraz Ahmed once again chose to bat on winning the toss.
Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad sent Pakistan on their way with an opening stand of 60, though it needed a blazing unbeaten 49 by Shoaib Malik to steer the visitors to 166 for 6. Scotland, fielding the same XI that stunned England in a one-off One-Day International on Sunday, were never in the hunt and were shot out for 82.
When Zaman and Shehzad were on the ball, Pakistan appeared headed for a big total until the latter’s departure and an incisive burst by Michael Leask threatened to derail them. Leask, the offspinner, had Shehzad caught at long-on for 24 in the eighth over and when Mark Watt, the left-arm spinner, accounted for Zaman in the next, Pakistan had lost both set batsmen for the addition of just two runs in seven deliveries.
Leask continued to apply pressure and was rewarded with the sticks of Hussain Talat and Asif Ali. By then, Sarfraz had fallen to Chris Sole, and Pakistan looked in trouble when the experience Malik cut loose towards the end. Having bided his time, Malik accounted for a bulk of the 34 runs Pakistan amassed in the last two overs, Malik alone smashing four sixes and a four in that period against Safyaan Sharif and Sole. In all, the former skipper struck one four and five sixes in his 22-ball 49 not out even as Sole finished with 2 for 38 and Leask took 3 for 31.
Usman Khan, brought into the XI at the expense of Mohammad Amir, fired Pakistan to the best start imaginable when he got rid of George Munsey for a third-ball duck in the first over of the chase. Richie Berrington and Kyle Coetzer, the deputy and his captain respectively, perished within seven deliveries of each other, and suddenly, Pakistan were all over the Scots like a bad rash.
Only Calum MacLeod, whose blazing unbeaten 140 had set up that epochal six-run defeat of England the other night, offered resistance during the middle overs as Pakistan maintained relentless pressure through pace and spin alike. MacLeod was eventually ninth man out for 25 at just over a run a ball, caught and bowled by Faheem Ashraf top-edging a pull, and it was all over including the shouting.
Ashraf was Pakistan’s most successful bowler with incredible figures of 3 for 5 from 2.4 overs, while Usman picked up 2 for 4 from two overs.
Pakistan thus showcased why they are ranked the No. 1 side in T20Is, while Scotland were only allowed to play like a team ranked No. 11 in the world.