Scotland v Pakistan (20/20 International)
After beating England at the weekend in an ODI match at the Grange, Edinburgh, today Scotland hoped of a second big win in three days as they entertained Pakistan in a 20/20 International match on a sunny evening the visitors won the toss an elected to bat.
Fakhar Zaman (21) and Ahmed Shehrad (14) opened the batting for Pakistan who started well before being caught in the outfield off the bowling of Alasdair Evans, that brought debutant Hussain Talat to the cease who made a good start to his international career scoring 18 runs off 16 balls.
Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik then came to the crease with Sarfraz racking up an impressive unbeaten 89 from just 49 balls, whilst Malik also hit a half-century before Evans claimed his third wicket as the tourists reach 204-4.
Scotland started stongly with captain Kyle Coetzer (31) and George Munsey (25) making 50 runs off the first 4 overs, but as the wickets started to fall Scotland struggled to keep up with the 10 runs an over set by Pakistan.
Callum MacLeod, who hit 140 in Sunday’s historic win over England only managed to make 12 runs before being given out lbw off the balling of Shabab. Michael Leask then came to the crease and top-scored with 38 runs as Scotland fell short, closing on 156-6.
Speaking after the match Scotland head coach Grant Bradburn said, “We’re gutted, which is a great sign of where our team is at. We backed ourselves to compete and win against the number one team in the world and we’re disappointed we didn’t manage that.
It’s definitely encouraging that we were competitive for much of the match but we’re not just about competing. Whether it’s Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Holland or the number one team in the world, we want to extend our skills and push them to what is required to win games against the very best. So this is a brilliant example for us to experience.
We were 50 runs short and I sense there was 30 runs in the bowling and 20 runs with the bat that we left out there. That’s the fine margins.”
Scotland – Coetzer, Berrington, Cross, Budge, MacLeod, Leask, Evans, Watt, Sharif, Tahir, Munsey
Pakistan – Zaman, Shehzad, Talat, Malik, Ahmed, A.Ali, Ashraf, Khan, Nawaz, Amir, H.Ali
Umpires – Alex Dowdalls, Allan Haggo, Ian Ramage, Brian Broad