Scotland remove openers as Pakistan bat in first T20

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Pakistan and Scotland captains pose with the trophy ahead of the T20 series. Photo: PCB

EDINBURGH: Pakistan started on an aggressive note after winning the toss and opting to bat against Scotland on Tuesday in the first of two T20Is in Edinburgh.

Opener Ahmed Shehzad was caught in the deep for 14 off 12 balls, as Pakistan lost first wicket at 33. Fakhar Zaman was sent to the pavilion for 21 off 15 balls, leaving the tourists at 46-2 after 5.2 overs. 

Scotland registered their first-ever victory over neighbours England at Edinburgh on Sunday, bowling England out for 365 after posting their highest score of 371 for five. 

The shock win has boosted the associate nation’s confidence, and they will be looking to upset Pakistan, the highest-ranked T20I team. Scotland are currently placed 11th in the T20I rankings. 

Pakistan, during their ongoing UK tour, beat Ireland in a historic one-off Test before going on to draw the two-match Test series against England. 

But the Green Shirts are not underestimating their next challenge. 

“Every T20 match is a new game, [anything can happen] in T20s,” said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed after winning the toss. 

The second T20I will be played on Wednesday, June 13 in Edinburgh.

Both the matches will start at 8pm Pakistan Standard Time.

Playing XI

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Hussain Talat, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir.

Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Dylan Budge, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Ali Evans, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir, George Munsey. 

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