Shoaib Malik smashed 54 not out off just 18 balls — Pakistan’s fastest fifty in a Twenty20 game — and captain Babar Azam (66) notched his fourth half-century in the tournament to lead their side to a strong 189-4 after Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.
Scotland could only reach 117-6 and ended the tournament with five successive losses in the Super 12s. Scotland had qualified on the back of three straight wins that included an upset victory over Bangladesh.
Malik’s brutal onslaught saw the most experienced T20 player in the world smashing a total of six sixes as he took the inexperienced Scotland bowling apart in the last five overs.
Legspinner Chris Greaves (2-43), who had claimed two wickets, was hit for 26 by Malik in the last over as the batter brought up his half-century off the last ball with a six over midwicket.
Pakistan finished top of Group 2 with 10 points, two more than second-place New Zealand, which earlier beat Afghanistan by eight wickets at Abu Dhabi to eliminate India.
Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik has dedicated his Man of the Match award to his teammates. He took to Twitter and wrote – “I dedicate today’s “Man of the match” to all team members of Pakistan squad, come on guys we can do this, inshAllah!.”
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) November 7, 2021