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Scotland crumble in second Pakistan T20

Scotland have capitulated with a second big scalp in a matter of days in sight, losing by 82 runs in Edinburgh after restricting Pakistan to 166.


Scotland’s magic touch with the bat has deserted them as they slumped to a second T20 defeat against Pakistan in Edinburgh.

The Saltires were looking to claim another major scalp following Sunday’s historic win over England, the world’s top-ranked ODI side.

But despite limiting Pakistan – the No.1 20-over nation – to 6-166, Grant Bradburn’s men could not take advantage as they collapsed to an 84-run defeat at the Grange.

Calum MacLeod scored 140 in the triumph over England, but this time his resistance was futile as his teammates fell apart around him, with the hosts managing just 82 all out in reply.

The sides had met the previous evening in sunny conditions and only a brief lull in Scotland’s batting innings had cost them the chance of putting the visitors under more pressure as they fell to a 48-run loss.

This time conditions were drizzly, but a soggy wicket did not halt the tourists in the early stages as openers Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad rattled up a swift 50 partnership.

But once opener Shehzad fell to Michael Leask for 24, the wickets began to tumble with encouraging regularity for the Scots.

Shoaib Malik top-scored for the visitors with 43, but having seen their side make 156 during Tuesday’s clash, the home faithful would not have viewed Pakistan‘s total as insurmountable.

Their optimism was quickly snuffed out, however, as the Scots crumbled from the off.

George Munsey was caught for a duck after just three balls while skipper Kyle Coetzer managed just one before his scalp was taken by Usman Khan.

Richie Berrington (20) and MacLeod (25) got themselves in, but few else in blue could say the same as they struggled to cope with Faheem Ashraf’s variety of attack.

By the end Scotland were a mess, with Dylan Budge, Safyaan Sharif and Mark Watt all run out as the visitors cleaned up with more than five overs to spare.

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