Scotland crumble to lose second T20 clash against Pakistan
- Scotland fell to a second T20 defeat against Pakistan in Edinburgh
- Grant Bradburn’s side fell to an 84-run defeat at the Grange
- Dylan Budge, Safyaan Sharif and Mark Watt run out as visitors cleaned up
Scotland’s magic touch with the bat 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 top-ranked ODI side.
But despite limiting Pakistan – the number one 20-over nation – to 166 for six, 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 couldn’t have the same impact
Calum MacLeod had scored 140 in the triumph over the Auld Enemy, but this time his resistance was futile as his team-mates 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.
Ahmed Shehzad (pictured) caused problems for Scotland along with Fakhar Zaman
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.
And by the end Scotland were a mess, with Dylan Budge, Safyaan Sharif and Mark Watt all run out as the visitors cleaned up with five overs to spare.