Hello and welcome to Sportstar 's coverage of T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 match between Pakistan and Scotland from Sharjah.
Shoaib Malik, Player of the Match: As we have seen in previous games, if you don't lose early wickets you have a chance of putting a good total in the end. We were discussing in our dressing room to at least get 150 and not give too many wickets early on. If you are playing on a good strip, the goal is to take a couple of balls and then start playing your game. On these tracks, you take 6-8 balls and then start playing your game. You take all the confidence going deep in the tournament. Yes i'm in good form but I want to see myself more consistent to help the team. Overall, feel fit. We have to give our best shot.
Pakistan extends its record to 16 straight wins in T20Is in UAE since 2016!
SCO 117/6 in 20 overs: 5/5 for Pakistan. A repeat of the 2010 semifinals on the cards as Australia awaits. The Scots have been handed a heavy defeat but they can be proud of their journey this far and soak in all the experience ahead of next year's trip to Australia.
SCO 113/5 in 19 overs: Shaheen misses a wicket as he oversteps! He foxes Greaves with a slower-ball after a slew of yorkers and perhaps the extra effort in execution forced his leg past the line. Greaves lobs it up straight to Babar at mid-off but umpire Rod Tucker extends his arm out to signal a no ball.
SCO 108/5 in 18 overs: Fifty for Berrington! This has been a fine knock from Richie. He sets off Hasan Ali with a massive SIX down the ground and gets to his half-century with a wry loft over cover.
SCO 97/5 in 17 overs: Rauf gets one low onto the toes and Berrington swishes him with a sweep for FOUR! Rauf follows up with a loopy slower-one to the pads and ends up wasting a review. Pretty evident that the ball is skimming down leg there.
SCO 87/5 in 16 overs: Shaheen to Leask. OUT! Full, straight and Boom! The stumps are rattled with a regulation Shaheen delivery. Leask clears his front leg and attempts to make room for a big heave. He ends up exposing his stumps and Shaheen drills through easily to break a short, gritty stand. Greaves in at 7. Michael Leask b Shaheen Shah Afridi 14 (14b 2x4)
SCO 80/4 in 15 overs: Hasan hits the block-hole and the batters nudge about the inner circle to fetch a couple of singles. Pakistan has locked in on a big win here and is all but certain to seal the first spot and a meeting with Australia.
SCO 75/4 in 14 overs: Excellent batting from Berrington and Leask. Rauf is drilled for FOUR through cover off length by Leask and the batters find runs throughout the over.
SCO 65/4 in 13 overs: Leask gets a low full toss from Shadab, a rare loosener. He sets himself low and sweeps past mid-wicket for FOUR. Some late blitz to keep it going, batting out the 20 overs would be good enough to frustrate the bowlers here.
SCO 59/4 in 12 overs: 16 runs off Hasan's over! Berrington throws the kitchen sink at him and crunches two boundaries through mid-wicket.
SCO 43/4 in 11 overs: Shadab to Munsey. OUT! Thickish edge straight to short third! Munsey's misery is over. A fine wrong'un gets the edge off his heave and flies straight to Rauf who makes no mistake. Budge in at 5. Bowled him second ball! Not to be for Budge in his first outing in the tournament. Shadab zips one in as Budge attempts to work the ball to the on-side.
George Munsey c Haris Rauf b Shadab Khan 17 (31b 2x4), Dylan Budge b Shadab Khan 0 (2b)
SCO 41/2 in 10 overs: An absolute nightmarish of a start this is for Munsey. Imad continues to keep him in his stride and he nearly chopes one back onto the stumps. Berrington gets another reprieve as he misses a straighter one that zips past the off-stump by millimetres.
SCO 37/2 in 9 overs: Shadab squares up Berrington with a beauty. A sharp googly foxes the batter completely and narrowly misses out on the off-stump.
SCO 36/2 in 8 overs: Run out at the non-striker's and Cross has to go! Munsey drags a fuller ball back to Imad who gets a finger on the ball before it slips to flick the stumps. Cross is out of his crease and well, that's a tame ending in a chase that has grown tepid over the last few overs or so. Matthew Cross run out (Imad Wasim) 5 (8b)
SCO 30/1 in 7 overs: Shadab keeps Munsey rooted the crease with a tight attack on the stumps. Cross and Munsey tread in singles and finds six runs off it.
Shadab Khan into the attack
SCO 24/1 in 6 overs: Hasan to Coetzer. OUT! Cleaned him up. Coetzer's struggles have come to and end as he misses a straight one. Never looked settled in and it was about to get a kick on. Cross in at 3. Kyle Coetzer b Hasan Ali 9 (16b 1x4)
Hasan Ali replaces Imad
23/0 in 5 overs: Rauf touches the high 140s rightaway. He surprises Munsey with some quick bumpers angled at the chest. Three runs off it and Scotland has a tough road ahead in the chase.
Rauf into the attack
SCO 20/0 in 4 overs: Excellent from Imad. Coetzer is wound to the crease with some nippy stump-to-stump bowling. Just one run off it!
SCO 19/0 in 3 overs: Shot, Munsey! Shaheen offers room and Munsey crunches him through extra cover for FOUR.
SCO 11/0 in 2 overs: Imad loops one in and Coetzer places one through extra cover for FOUR. Scotland will need a strong PP to make a case for a fight here.
Imad Wasim from the other end
SCO 5/0 in 1 over: Shaheen strays to Munsey's pads before correcting his line with a fuller one on middle-stump. Munsey lobs the ball straight over the left-armer for FOUR. Seems like Babar has missed the ball completely at mid-off under the lights.
Shaheen with the new ball. Munsey on strike
Back for the chase. Coeter and Munsey at the centre for Scotland.
After an excellent start with the ball, it's the second-half that comes back to haunt Scotland. Coetzer's bowlers gave 129 runs in the last 10 overs and that has heavily tilted the tide in Pakistan's favour once again.
PAK 189/3 in 20 overs: An 18-ball fifty for Shoaib Malik! What a finish for Pakistan! Greaves begins well in the over and completely goes off radar, pitching in dollies for Malik on the length. He drops short and Malik blasts him on the leg-side for 6, 4, 6, 6 to complete the innings!
Malik's 18-ball fifty is the fastest by a Pakistan batter in T20I history
PAK 163/3 in 19 overs: Malik special! Sharif errs on length and Malik blasts him over deep mid-wicket for SIX. He touches a bit too full to finish and Malik tonks the ball over the long-on fielder by a whisker and gets another SIX!
PAK 146/4 in 18 overs: Greaves to Babar. OUT! Mistimes the pull and holes out to long-on. Greaves drops it short and forces Babar to move quickly onto the backfoot. He loses shape while shifting back and fails to time the ball over the fielder. Asif Ali joins Malik. Babar Azam c Munsey b Greaves 66 (47b 5x4 3x6)
PAK 139/3 in 17 overs: The six-fest is on! Malik launches Watt over long-off for a maximum and Babar finishes the over with a powerful slog that has the long-on fielder interest but falls over the fence after clipping his fingers.
PAK 124/3 in 16 overs: Fifty for Babar! He follows up with a landmark six with a beautiful SIX over the long-on fence. Absolute joy to watch the man when on song! Pakistan has deftly taken command in the last 20 minutes or so and could now push for a biggie from here.
Four fifties in a single T20 WC edition: Matthew Hayden (2007), Virat Kohli (2014), Babar Azam (2021)*
PAK 112/3 in 15 overs: Hafeez goes bonkers! Sharif puts one in the slot and Hafeez pummels it over long-on for a huge SIX. The Professor is in the mood, folks! He shuffles to his right and lofts Sharif over cover for FOUR. Another boundary! He works the fuller ball behind square and beats the fielder for four. Sharif goes full on the stumps and gets his man this time. Hafeez is adjudged lbw. Hafeez attempts for a hoick off his pads but misses and is stuck plumb in front of the stumps there. Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Sharif 31 (19b 4x4 1x6)
PAK 97/2 in 14 overs: The runs begin to flourish. Hafeez gets room from Berrington and he lofts it over extra cover to the vacant space in the deep and gets FOUR.
PAK 87/2 in 13 overs: Short and smashed! Babar creams Watt through mid-wicket for FOUR and follows up with another boundary with a delicate cut behind point. He becomes the leading run-scorer in the tournament.
PAK 75/2 in 12 overs: Greaves strays to the pads and Babar works the ball behind square for FOUR. Scotland continues the batters frustrated with some tight lengths. Seven off this over.
PAK 68/2 in 11 overs: Hamza offers length and Hafeez dances down and tonks the ball over the bowler for FOUR.
PAK 60/2 in 10 overs: Greaves to Fakhar. OUT! Straight to the deep. The pressure gets to him and Fakhar mistimes the slog to the man at deep mid-wicket. Hafeez walks in at 4. Fakhar Zaman c Leask b Greaves 8 (13b)
Greaves replaces Berrington
PAK 57/1 in 9 overs: Babar bangs one to the roof! Watt drops one on the slot and Babar slog sweeps him over deep mid-wicket and over the stands for SIX. A sign of intent there and we might be in for a manic second half.
PAK 45/1 in 8 overs: Fakhar and Babar work the gaps and find ones and twos. Scotland still keeping a tight leash around them. Time to break free, perhaps.
Berrington into the attack
PAK 38/1 in 7 overs: Hamza to Rizwan. OUT! Edged and taken! A breakthrough right after the PP! A reward for his excellent first over. He tosses the ball in once again and Rizwan attempts to cut way too close to the off-stump. He gets an under-edge on it and Cross takes an excellent catch. Fakhar in at 3. Mohammad Rizwan c †Cross b Hamza Tahir 15 (19b 1x6)
PAK 35/0 in 6 overs: A reserved start for Pakistan in the Powerplay. Scotland has given nothing away save the couple of deliveries in the last over.
PAK 32/0 in 5 overs: And they shift gears! Wheal fends one short and Babar slams him through mid-wicket for FOUR. Rizwan follows up with a nonchalant short-arm jab for a massive SIX over cow corner.
PAK 18/0 in 4 overs: Dropped by Wheal! Babar gets a reprieve. Watt loops one in as Babar steps out to slam it straight back. A hard chance there as the ball thuds into his left hand and slips away.
Mark Watt replaces Wheal
PAK 14/0 in 3 overs: Sharif hits a fine line outside off but Babar still makes room to pierce him between point and cover for FOUR. First boundary for Pakistan in the Powerplay. Scotland has kept it pretty tight so far.
Sharif replaces Hamza
PAK 7/0 in 2 overs: 1665* T20 runs for Rizwan this year! He breaks a whopping record set by Chris Gayle for most runs in the format in a calendar season. Sensational stuff as he's brought out an entirely new dimension at the top of the order.
Brad Wheal into the attack
PAK 1/0 in 1 over: Hamza floats the ball in with some guile. Rizwan attempts a massive slog sweep early on but is beaten on length. He gets a single. Hamza slides another ball into Babar's pads and hits him outside the off-stump.
Hamza Tahir with the new ball. Rizwan on strike.
Game on. Babar and Rizwan walk out for Pakistan.
The players walk out for the national anthems
Pakistan has been an absolute force to reckon with in this tournament. They haven't made a single change to their line-up so far and is all set to improve their momentum ahead of the last four stage.
Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Scotland (Playing XI): George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer(c), Matthew Cross(w), Richie Berrington, Dylan Budge, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Hamza Tahir, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal
- Pakistan is on a 15-match T20I win streak in the UAE
- Mohammad Rizwan needs 5 runs to break the record for most T20 runs by a batter in a calendar year. He will go past Chris Gayle's tally of 1665 runs.
- Rizwan also needs 49 runs to become the first T20I batter to hit 1000 runs in a calendar year
- Haris Rauf has picked 96 wickets in T20s since 2020 - the most for any seamer
New Zealand qualifies for the semifinals! And we now have the four semifinalists: England will face New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on November 10 in the first semifinal. Pakistan will take on Abu Dhabi the next day in Dubai unless an upset tonight jeopardises the scales.
The action as of now is big in Abu Dhabi! NZ nears to its semifinal bid and an Indian exit is on the cards. FOLLOW: NZ vs AFG LIVE
Former champion Pakistan will look to continue its invincible run when it plays Scotland in its last Super 12 Group 2 match of the T20 World Cup on Sunday.
Pakistan, who had claimed the title in 2009, has been simply sensational in the tournament so far and has bossed around other teams in its group to seal a place in the last four with four convincing wins.
If arch-rival India was blown away by 10 wickets, New Zealand was outclassed by five wickets, in the team's first two matches.
Afghanistan did make life difficult for it for a while, but Asif Ali deposited four sixes in six balls to bail it out before Pakistan sealed the semifinal spot with a 45-run win over Namibia in their last match.
Pakistan's openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have been on fire, and when they failed to do the job, their middle-order rose to the occasion, while six-hitting machine Asif has proved to be one of the best finishers in the tournament so far.
Although they have contributed, the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik will hope to be more consistent and look to stay till the end.
In the bowling department, the pace duo of Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi have been their best bowlers with seven and five wickets respectively so far, while spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan, too, have done the job asked of them.
The only worrying thing will be the form of seamer Hasan Ali, who has gone for runs.
With the semifinal spot assured, Pakistan might look to rest a few players and give others opportunities in the inconsequential match.
For Scotland, it will be an uphill task, but it would hope to put up a better show than its last match and end things on a positive note.
Scotland won all three matches to qualify for Super 12 but crashed out after losing the last four games.
The eight-wicket loss to India on Friday night has been the most difficult to digest, but skipper Kyle Coetzer will hope the interaction with Indian players, including skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, in Dubai, will inspire the team to put up a good show against Pakistan.
WHERE TO WATCH TODAY'S MATCH IN T20 WORLD CUP 2021 - PAK vs SCO?
The T20 World Cup 2021 match between Pakistan and Scotland will be aired live on the Star SportsNetwork at 7:30pm IST. The online live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar .
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