Pakistan successfully brushed aside the Scottish side, recently being termed ‘the giant killers’, after displaying some superb aggressive cricket. Like the first T20, Pakistan batted first and then proceeded to bowl out the opposition.
Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad gave a good opening stand to Pakistan and departed for 33 and 24 runs each. Hussain Talat and skipper, Sarfraz, made handy contributions whereas Shoaib Malik again delivered a great innings of unbeaten 49 runs.
Pakistan wrapped up their innings at 166 for 6, a relatively lower total than what the team has achieved in the past. Before this, Pakistan had scored 200+ runs in 4 of their last 5 innings batting first.
However, having a relatively lower total on the board did not matter much as Pakistan’s formidable bowling attack took care of the rest.
Iconic performances from Usman Khan and Faheem Ashraf made sure that Pakistan did not lose control of the match. The former managed 2 wickets in his 2 overs, giving away only 4 runs whereas the latter picked up 3 crucial wickets for only 6 runs.
Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan both picked up one wicket each which ultimately led Pakistan to a T20I series win.
Sarfraz — Most Successful Captain In T20I History For Pakistan
With the win, Sarfraz has cemented his position as one of the most successful captains from Pakistan. Under the captaincy of Sarfraz, Pakistan has won the most number of T20I matches.
The list comprises of:
- Sarfraz Ahmed — 19 wins (22 matches)
- Shahid Afridi — 19 wins (43 matches)
- Mohammad Hafeez — 17 wins (29 matches)
The impeccable record of 86.4% win-rate under Sarfraz has turned Pakistan into a force to be reckoned with. Not only that, Pakistan remains the no. 1 T20I side in the world as well.
Another Game, Another Win
Despite the changes in the side, Pakistan are getting the results and delivering some splendid performances. The win against Scotland in the 2nd T20I is Pakistan’s 12th consecutive win in the shortest format of the game.
This is the first time any team in the history has won 12 T20I games in a row — yet another record which will be held for a long, long time.
Hunting Down the Opposition
T20 is based on aggression and over the course of the years, Pakistan has mastered the art of punishing the opposition for that aggression. Pakistan bowled Scotland out in the 2nd T20I of the series and it became the 24th time Pakistan has done so in the format’s history — the most by any team in the world.
Pakistan’s bowling dominance is highlighted in the fact that out of the top 5 wicket takers in T20I history, 3 of them belong to Pakistan:
- Shahid Afridi — 98 wickets
- Lasith Malinga — 90 wickets
- Umar Gul — 85 wickets
- Saeed Ajmal — 85 wickets
- Shakib-ul-Hasan — 77 wickets