Pakistan completed an easy series win over Scotland after wrapping them up for 82 in a chase of 167 in the second and final T20I in Edinburgh.
Opting to bat with a 1-0 lead in the series, Pakistan got off to a flyer but regular strikes in the middle overs left them in a spot of bother. Scotland’s spinners, though a little expensive, picked four in rapid succession to reduce the visitors to 98 for 5.
It was Shoaib Malik’s blinder of an innings – an unbeaten 49 off just 22 deliveries – that not only gave Pakistan a competitive total on the board but also eventually proved to be the decisive factor.
Fakhar Zaman continued his rich vein of form to provide a blazing start for the visitors with Ahmed Shahzad. The pair put on 54 in the powerplay.
Malik’s 22 -ball undefeated effort included as many as five sixes, the first of which sent Leask’s otherwise impressive match figures for a toss. However, it wasn’t until Pakistan had only two overs left, and only 132 on the board, that Malik converted his 13-ball 17 into a match-winning knock.
Usman, who was brought in to rest Mohammad Amir, justified his selection with two vital wickets – that of the home team’s openers – in his two overs in the powerplay that set them back early on.
Richie Berrington’s counter-attack lasted 15 balls before Ashraf opened his account. The brief semblance of resistance came from Calum MacLeod (27-ball 25) but with no valuable partnerships forthcoming,
Scotland collapsed to 82 as Ashraf wrapped up the proceedings with two wickets in what turned out to be the final over of Scotland’s futile chase.
PAK 166/45 (20 ov) | Malik 49*, Fakhar 33 | Leask 3/31
SCO 82 (14.4 ov) | MacLeod 26 | Faheem 3/6 | Usman 2/4
Result: Pakistan won by 84 runs 1 of 1