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    Pakistan wins all five; 72-run victory over Scotland

    Pakistan wins all group matches of the Twenty20 World Cup. Pakistan, who beat Scotland by 72 runs in the fifth match, will be the first team in the group to advance to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, Pakistan will face Australia. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 189 for four in 20 overs.

    Captain Babur Assam and senior Shuaib Malik were the top scorers in the innings. Babur Assam were bowled out for 66 off 47 balls. Malik hit 54 off 18 balls. Malik’s innings consisted of six sixes and a four. Mohammad Hafiz (31 off 19 balls) and Mohammad Rizwan (15 off 19 balls) were the top scorers.

    In reply, Scotland were bowled out for 117 for six. Richie Berrington’s half-century is the only consolation for Scotland. He was unbeaten on 54 off 37 balls. Scotland’s other leading scorers are George Mansey (17) and Michael Leesk (14). Shatab Khan took two wickets for Pakistan. Shaheen Afridi, Harris Rauf and Hasan Ali took wickets each.

    It was the tournament’s joint fastest half-century alongside India opener KL Rahul, which also came against Scotland, as Pakistan stopped the Scots at 117 for six after posting an imposing 189 for four.

    Malik, 39, blasted six sixes during his whirlwind unbeaten knock, which overshadowed skipper Babar Azam’s fourth half-century of the tournament.

    Batting first, Pakistan pummelled 129 runs in the last 10 after limping to 60 for two at the halfway stage.

    With the ball, the in-form team did what was expected of it in its last Super 12 engagement to set up a semifinal date with Australia.

    Pakistan blazed its way into the last four with five wins from as many outings, underlining its credentials as one of the firm favourites.

    Thanks to Malik’s blitz, Pakistan scored 43 runs in the last two overs, including 26 off the final six balls bowled by Chris Greaves.

    Meanwhile Babar, who once again donned the role of the accumulator, became only the third batter to score four half-centuries in a T20 WC after former Australia opener Matthew Hayden and India captain Virat Kohli, who achieved the feat in 2007 and 2014 respectively.

    Opting to bat first, Babar Mohammad Rizwan were off to a sedate start, as the Scotland bowlers managed to keep the run rate below six until the PowerPlay.

    Having smoked Bradley Wheal for a gigantic six over deep mid-wicket, Rizwan was dismissed by Hamza Tahir, who drew the batter with a tossed-up delivery before getting an under-edge to the wicketkeeper.

    The Scots deserves plaudits for the manner in which they kept a lid on the Pakistan scoring as the side ended the PowerPlay at 35 for no loss, which became 35 for one in the first ball of the next over with Rizwan’s dismissal.

    However, things changed completely as Pakistan entered the back 10 with both Babar and veteran Mohammad Hafeez (31 off 19 balls) cutting loose to clear the ropes at regular intervals during a brisk 53-run third-wicket partnership.

    Babar was his usual classy self when he played the ball along the ground, but at the same time, he did not hesitate to go over the top.

    After Babar’s dismissal, the show belonged to Malik. In a massive chase, Scotland lost the wickets of skipper Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross with just 36 runs in the board. Scotland was never in the game as it struggled to 42 for two at the end of the first 10 overs. Richie Berrington was the lone Scotland batter to shine with a 54 off 37 balls.

    Brief scores

    Pakistan 189/4 in 20 overs (Babar Azam 66, Shoaib Malik 54 not out; Hamza Sharif 1/24, Chris Greaves)

    Scotland 117/6 in 20 overs (Richie Berrington 54 not out; Shadab Khan 2/14)

    Pakistan

    BatsmanDismissalRunsBallsFoursSixes
    Mohammad Rizwanc Matthew Cross b Hamza Tahir151901
    Babar Azamc Munsey b Chris Greaves664753
    Fakhar Zamanc Leask b Chris Greaves81300
    Mohammad Hafeezlbw b Safyaan Sharif311941
    Shoaib Maliknot out541816
    Asif Alinot out5400
     Total189/420  
    BowlerOversMaidenRunsWickets 
    Hamza Tahir40241 
    Bradley Wheal20200 
    Safyaan Sharif40411 
    Mark Watt40410 
    Richie Berrington20170 
    Chris Greaves40432 

    Scotland

    BatsmanDismissalRunsBallsFoursSixes
    George Munseyc Haris Rauf b Shadab Khan173120
    Kyle Coetzerb Hasan Ali91610
    Matthew Crossrun out (Imad Wasim)5800
    Richie Berringtonnot out543741
    Dylan Budgeb Shadab Khan0200
    Michael Leaskb Shaheen Afridi141420
    Chris Greavesb Haris Rauf41200
    Mark Wattnot out2300
     Total117/620  
    BowlerOversMaidenRunsWickets
    Shaheen Afridi40241
    Imad Wasim40170
    Haris Rauf40271
    Hasan Ali41331
    Shadab Khan40142

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