T20 World Cup: Pakistan defeat Scotland by 72 runs

Pakistan defeated Scotland by 72 runs on the back of magnificent half-centuries from Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik on Sunday to set up a Twenty20 World Cup semi-final clash against Australia.
Skipper Babar scored a polished 47-ball-66 for his 24th fifty in Twenty20 internationals, and his fourth in five matches, while Malik smashed an 18-ball 54 not out as Pakistan posted 189-4 in their 20 overs.
Scotland were never in the hunt as they managed 117-6 with Richie Berrington fighting a lone hand during his 37-ball 54 not out with four boundaries and a six.
The victory gave Pakistan five wins in as many games, topping Group 2 with ten points.
They now face Australia in the second semi-final in Dubai on Thursday.
England will face New Zealand in the first semi-final in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
“Shoaib, the way he finished, the way he showed his experience, that’s what he’s known for,” said Babar of his 39-year-old teammate.
“We’ll carry good confidence into the semi-finals and try to play in the same way. Definitely, Dubai is one of the best stadiums. As a player, if you play in front of a whole crowd that cheers for you, your confidence increases.”
Scotland lost skipper Kyle Coetzer (nine), Matthew Cross (five) and George Munsey (17) before they crossed fifty and it was left to Berrington and Micheal Leask (14) to add 46 for the fifth wicket.
But the asking rate continued to mount as spinner Shadab Khan (2-14) kept up the pressure. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali claimed a wicket each.
“I thought we bowled really well today, especially in the powerplay,” said Coetzer whose team lost all five Super 12 games but defeated Bangladesh in the qualifying round.

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