Playing international cricket since the last century, when some of his current teammates were not even born, Shoaib Malik on Sunday showed them the way with an astonishing 54-ball 18 to organize Scotland’s 72-point Pakistan Massacre in the World Cup. T20 2021.
It was the fastest half-century of the tournament along with India debut KL Rahul, who also came against Scotland, as Pakistan stopped the Scots at 117 for six after recording an impressive 189 for four.
Malik, 39, blew six sixes during his unbeatable unbeaten run, which overshadowed skipper Babar Azam’s fourth half-century tournament.
Beating first, Pakistan punched 129 points in the last 10 after limping to 60 for two mid-game.
With the ball, the fit team did what was expected in their latest Super 12 engagement to stage a semi-final with Australia.
Pakistan made their way into the semi-finals with five wins in as many outings, underlining their credentials as one of the favorites.
Thanks to Malik’s blitz, Pakistan have scored 43 points in the last two overs, including 26 on the last six balls thrown by Chris Greaves.
Meanwhile Babar, who once again donned the accumulator role, became only the third hitter to score four half centuries in a T20 WC after former Australia pioneer Matthew Hayden and India captain Virat Kohli, who they achieved the feat in 2007 and 2014 respectively.
By choosing to bat first, Babar Mohammad Rizwan got off to a smooth start, as Scottish bowlers managed to keep the run rate below six until PowerPlay.
After smoking Bradley Wheal for a giant six over deep mid-wicket, Rizwan was sent off by Hamza Tahir, who drew the batsman with a tossed delivery before getting an under-edge to the wicketkeeper.
The Scots deserve praise for the way they kept the Pakistani goal in check, which ended PowerPlay at 35 unbeaten, which became 35 to one in the first ball of the following over with the dismissal of Rizwan.
However, things changed completely when Pakistan entered the 10 defenders with Babar and veteran Mohammad Hafeez (31 out of 19 balls) breaking free to clear the ropes at regular intervals during a lively 53-point partnership.
Babar was the usual class when he played the ball on the ground, but at the same time he did not hesitate to exaggerate.
After Babar was fired, the show belonged to Malik.
In a massive chase, Scotland lost the wickets of skipper Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross with just 36 points on the scoreboard.
Scotland have never been in the game as they struggled at 42 for two at the end of the top 10 overs.
Richie Berrington was the only Scottish hitter to shine with 54 out of 37 balls.
Pakistan 189/4 in 20 over (Babar Azam 66, Shoaib Malik 54 not out; Hamza Sharif 1/24, Chris Greaves)
Scotland 117/6 in 20 over (Richie Berrington 54 not released; Shadab Khan 2/14)