Scotland v Pakistan - Men's

Pakistan avoid fresh Scotland giant-killing

Scotland unable to produce a second stunning upset, falling short in their opening T20I against Pakistan


13 June 2018, 08:22 AM AEST

Pakistan halted Scotland's giant-killing heroics with a 48-run victory in a Twenty20 clash in Edinburgh 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 in the International Cricket Council rankings.

But Grant Bradburn's side were unable to emulate their epic success thanks to solid Pakistan display.

The hosts' run chase went flat as Scotland finished on 6-156 in response to Pakistan's 4-204 at the Grange.

Scotland had made a bright start, with Ali Evans dismissing Ahmed Shehzad (14) and Fakhar Zaman (21) before Richie Berrington removed Hussain Talat (18).

But they could have done with debutant spinner Hamza Tahir was given a bruising introduction as he was smashed for 57 costly runs off his four overs.

Having set a steady rate in the early stages, Pakistan put their foot on the gas in the final five overs.

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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.

That left the Scots requiring a repeat of the big-hitting which saw them run up a tally of 5-371 against England.

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

But the introduction of Hasan Ali to the Pakistan attack provided the injection of pace they were looking for and when he removed Munsey for 25, the Scots looked in trouble.

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With Calum MacLeod, Sunday's star of the show with his 140no, trapped lbw by Shadab Khan for just 12, the fight quickly drifted out of the hosts' showing.

Bradburn said following the match the result was a reality check following the highs of their history-making win over England.

“We’re gutted, which is a great sign of where our team is at. We backed ourselves to compete and win against the number one team in the world and we’re disappointed we didn’t manage that,” Bradburn said.

“It’s definitely encouraging that we were competitive for much of the match but we’re not just about competing.

“We were 50 runs short and I sense there was 30 runs in the bowling and 20 runs with the bat that we left out there. That’s the fine margins.”

Scotland will have a second chance to shock Pakistan when the teams meet again on Wednesday.