Enjoying world cricket because the closing century, when a few of his present teammates weren’t even born, Shoaib Malik on Sunday confirmed them the best way with an astonishing 18-ball 54 to arrange Pakistan’s 72-run mauling of Scotland within the T20 International Cup.
It was once the event’s joint quickest half-century along India opener KL Rahul’s 18-ball 50, which additionally got here towards Scotland, as Pakistan stopped the Scots at 117 for 6 after posting an impressive 189 for 4.
As his Indian tennis participant spouse Sania Mirza watched from the stands, Malik, 39, blasted six sixes right through his whirlwind unbeaten knock, which overshadowed skipper Babar Azam’s fourth half-century of the event.
Batting first, Pakistan pummelled 129 runs within the again 10 after limping to 60 for 2 on the midway degree.
With the ball, the in-form staff did what was once anticipated of them of their closing Tremendous 12 engagement to arrange a semifinal date with Australia.
Pakistan blazed their manner into the closing 4 with 5 wins from as many outings, underlining their credentials as one of the crucial company favourites.
Due to Malik’s blitz, Pakistan scored 43 runs within the closing two overs, together with 26 within the ultimate six balls bowled via Chris Greaves.
Coincidentally, it was once at this very venue that Malik made his One-day Global debut in October 1999, towards West Indies. His first Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram, retired from the sport just about 20 years in the past.
In the meantime Babar, who as soon as once more donned the function of the accumulator, become most effective the 0.33 batter to attain 4 half-centuries in a T20 International Cup after former Australia opener Matthew Hayden and India captain Virat Kohli, who completed the feat in 2007 and 2014 respectively.
Having struggled to 60 for 2 on the midway degree, Pakistan were given 129 runs in again 10.
Opting to bat first, Babar and Mohammad Rizwan have been off to a sedate get started, because the Scotland bowlers controlled to stay the run price under six till the facility play.
Having smoked Bradley Wheal for a big six over deep mid-wicket, Rizwan was once brushed aside via Hamza Tahir, who drew the batter with a tossed-up supply ahead of getting an under-edge to the wicketkeeper.
The Scots merits plaudits for the style during which they stored a lid at the Pakistan scoring as they ended the facility play at 35 for no loss, which become 35 for one within the first ball of the following over with Rizwan’s dismissal.
Pakistan weren’t so smartly positioned at 60 for 2 on the midway degree as Scotland controlled to stay their fighters to a run a ball.
On the other hand, issues modified totally as Pakistan entered the again 10 with each Babar and the veteran Mohammad Hafeez (31 off 19 balls) reducing unfastened to transparent the ropes at common periods right through a brisk 53-run third-wicket partnership.
Babar was once his standard elegant self when he performed the ball alongside the bottom, however on the similar time, he didn’t hesitate to head excessive, the results of that have been 3 sixes.
After Babar’s dismissal, the display belonged to Malik.
In an enormous chase, Scotland misplaced the wickets of skipper Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Move with simply 36 runs at the board.
Scotland have been by no means within the sport as they struggled to 42 for 2 on the finish of the primary 10 overs.
Richie Berrington was once the lone Scotland batter to polish with a 54 off 37 balls.
Probably the most largest positives for Pakistan’s bowling was once the style during which Shadab Khan (2/14) bowled, getting his googlies and leg-spinners proper forward of the massive semifinal towards the Aussies.