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T20 World Cup: Pakistan defeat Scotland by 72 runs

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Pakistan defeated Scotland by 72 runs on the again of magnificent half-centuries from Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik on Sunday to arrange a Twenty20 World Cup semi-final conflict towards Australia.

Skipper Babar scored a cultured 47-ball-66 for his twenty fourth fifty in Twenty20 internationals, and his fourth in 5 matches, whereas Malik smashed an 18-ball 54 not out as Pakistan posted 189-4 of their 20 overs.

Scotland had been by no means within the hunt as they managed 117-6 with Richie Berrington combating a lone hand throughout his 37-ball 54 not out with 4 boundaries and a six.

The victory gave Pakistan 5 wins in as many video games, topping Group 2 with ten factors.

They now face Australia within the second semi-final in Dubai on Thursday.

England will face New Zealand within the first semi-final in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

“Shoaib, the way in which he completed, the way in which he confirmed his expertise, that is what he is recognized for,” mentioned Babar of his 39-year-old teammate.

“We’ll carry good confidence into the semi-finals and attempt to play in the identical means. Positively, Dubai is among the greatest stadiums. As a participant, in the event you play in entrance of a complete crowd that cheers for you, your confidence will increase.”

Scotland misplaced skipper Kyle Coetzer (9), Matthew Cross (5) and George Munsey (17) earlier than they crossed fifty and it was left to Berrington and Micheal Leask (14) so as to add 46 for the fifth wicket.

However the asking price continued to mount as spinner Shadab Khan (2-14) stored up the stress. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali claimed a wicket every.

“I believed we bowled very well immediately, particularly within the powerplay,” mentioned Coetzer whose group misplaced all 5 Tremendous 12 video games however defeated Bangladesh within the qualifying spherical.