Cricket

Easy win for Pakistan

Pakistan halted Scotland’s giant-killing heroics with a 48-run victory over the minnow in a Twenty20 clash on Tuesday.

Having taken out the world’s top One-Day International side with a historic win over England on Sunday, the Scots were looking to complete a stunning double by toppling a Pakistan team rated as the top Twenty20 nation.

The hosts’ run chase went flat as Scotland finished on 156 for six in response to Pakistan’s 204 for four at the Grange.

Leading the way

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.

George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer made a decent start in reply, notching 50 runs from the first five overs.

Hasan Ali 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.

The scores:

Pakistan 204 for four in 20 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 89, Shoaib Malik 53, Evans three for 23) bt Scotland 156 for six in 20 overs (Leask 38 n.o., Coetzer 31, Munsey 25, Shadab Khan two for 25, Hasan Ali two for 33).

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