World No.1 T20I team Pakistan have handed Scotland a 48-run defeat in the first of the two T20 Internationals at Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Pakistan posted their second-highest T20I total (204/4). Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik’s partnership of 94 runs for the fourth-wicket helped their side post a big total after early strikes.
Malik scored a quickfire 27-ball 53 hitting 5 sixes. Sarfraz remained unbeaten on his career-best score, 89 from 40 deliveries including 10 fours and 3 sixes. Pakistan posted a 200-plus total for the sixth time.
Alasdair Evans scalped three wickets for 23 runs for Scotland. Hamza Tahir went for 0/57 in his four overs in his first-ever recognised professional match.
George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer made a quick start for Scotland in the run chase with 53 runs in 5.1 overs. Munsey made 25 while captain Coetzer scored 18-ball 31 runs. Scotland’s run rate went down since the fall of first wicket.
Scotland ended up on 156/6 as the hosts were thrashed by 48 runs. Michael Leask stayed not out on 38 runs off 24 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes. That couldn’t make much difference. Debutant Dylan Budge scored 24 on debut.
Shadab Khan and Hassan Ali bagged two wickets for Pakistan.
The two teams will take on in the second and final T20I on Wednesday. Scotland will go up at No.10 in the rankings if they manage to win the last T20I. If this happens so, Bangladesh will go down to No.11.
Pakistan 204/4 in 20 overs (Sarfraz 89*, Malik 53; Evans 3/23, Berrington 1/29)
Scotland 156/6 in 20 overs (Leask 38*, Coetzer 31; Shadab 2/25, Hassan 2/33)
Pakistan won by 48 runs
Man of the Match: Sarfraz Ahmed