Can Scotland topple the No.1 T20 team?
Video     Photos     Pakistan     World     Islam     Health     Crime     Islamic News     Business     Society     India     Travel     Middle East     Sport     sci/tech      Contact      RSS

UK PM, Bin Salman Discuss Confronting Iran

Punjab CM Askari takes notice, demands report on bus hostess murder case

ECP should cancel registration of Rah-i-Haq Party – by Aamir Hussaini

UN Rejects Plan for Immediate Ceasefire in Yemen Port

31 killed in Nigeria suicide blasts

Reham claims PTI scared of her book's contents

Kabul library bus drives Afghan children to read

World Cup 2018: Mexico upset defending champs Germany 1-0

Has PTI closed her doors for Ch.Nisar Ali Khan?

Are Iran and Israel heading toward open warfare?

India should seriously consider 'limited war' with Pakistan: BJP leader

The end of Fazlullah

Did someone attempt to poison Kusloom Nawaz?

Messi misses penalty as Iceland hold out for draw

At least 26 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during Eid ceasefire

Mullah Fazlullah: Ruthless TTP chief who green-lighted 2014 Peshawar carnage

Ronaldo hat-trick earns Portugal draw with Spain in thriller

Pakistan celebrates Eid with religious zeal and fervour

“Saudi Arabia must not purchase Russian S-400”; Washington threatens its ally with sanctions

State terrorism: India'Rising Kashmir editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari gunned down

Dynasties, old and new: How Imran Khan disappointed his workers?

UN on Kashmir: Would mere statement enough to stop Genocide of Kashmiris?

Shellshocked Spain face Portugal in early World Cup treat

Battling depression in educational institutes

Saudi-led warships doomed to destruction: Yemen’s Navy

Kulsoom Nawaz in Critical condition after Cardiac arrest: Maryam asks for prayers

Soccer diplomacy: Is Putin looking for a thaw between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

US drone strike reportedly kills senior TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan

Fortifying speculations of death: Saudi crown prince absent from King Salman meeting with 24 princes

MWM Chief hosts Iftar party in honour of ambassadors of Muslim countries

UN agency hopes to win reprieve for Afghan refugees

'Man buries deceased father in brand-new BMW in Nigeria'

Eid-ul-Fitar likely on Saturday in Pakistan

Musharraf barred from contesting election

A book against Imran Khan: Is it a last weapon against PTI chief?

NA-247: A dictator, a mayor, an activist – who deserves Karachi’s hot seat?

Five Pakistani students graduate from South Asian University in New Delhi

Yemeni troops repel Saudi attack on Hudaydah port

Saudi Arabia ruined Morocco's World Cup bid, Moroccans say

Pakistan team seals series against Scottish kids

Complicity in War Crimes: UK Facilitating Suspicious Arms Flow to Saudi Arabia

Trump: Our rocket strike against Syria last year was a warning to China!

Did Nawaz deliberately asked Khawaja Haris to quit?

The withdrawal of UN and Red Cross forces from Hodiedah port in Yemen

Can election commission stop JuD offshoots to contest elections?

A Test of nerves for Afghanistan in debut against India

COMSATS Rector’s Research Paper Found Plagiarized Yet Again

Why Shouldn't Shiite leaders be a part of MMA?

Afghanistan peace: US gun on Pakistan shoulder

Trump, Kim end summit, but was the deal clearly worded?

Pakistan thrashes Scotland in first T20

The spy pigeons: Is India making it a laughing stock?

Azerbaijan envoy praises Pakistan Armys role for regional peace

Iran, China use their currencies for joint trade exchange

Will Pakistan's daughter Khadija Siddiqi ever find justice

What is up the sleeve of military establishment? – by Peja Mistry

A PTI candidate who defeated Nawaz on PPP ticket

Imran Khan: From political pariah to a potential PM

Can Scotland topple the No.1 T20 team?

Tit for Tat: Can PTI use Ch. Nisar against Nawaz in response to Reham Khan's book?

PIEAS Tops Pakistani Universities in QS Rankings 2019

India’s Nayara Energy to cut Iran oil imports

No lesson from Iran: Finally the North Korea lost to US

Ridiculous allegation: Netanyahu claimed to help the lack of water in Iran

On June 6, 1963, at least 116 Shia Muslims were massacred

Would Ch.Nisar dent PML-N as independent candidate?

SC suspends tax deductions on prepaid cellphone top-up cards

Gwadar-Chabahar connectivity to deepen economic ties

Mammoth Challenge: Can Pakistan avoid its name from FATF?

Why Khawaja Haris refused to defend Nawaz Sharif?

Cat is out of the bag: How PTM fooled people to gain political mileage?

Fox News calls Donald Trump a ‘dictator’

Qatar on Saudi war threat: World not living in law of the jungle era

Closure of mosques in Austria may lead to ‘war between cross & crescent’ – Erdogan


Israel agents trained India commandos leading Sikh temple raid

‘UAE buying Jerusalem properties on behalf of Israel’

No party ticket: Would PML-N abandon Ch.Nisar?

A road to defeat: Did Imran Khan commit a historic blunder?

Nawaz behind bars: PML-N in further disarray

Has Jahangir Tareen parted ways with Imran Khan?

‘UN deal with Myanmar could return Rohingya Muslims to killing fields’

‘US used 9/11 attacks to target Muslims’

Horrific moment IDF gas canister hits Palestinian in the face

US Professor: Mohammed Bin Salman is world’s richest Zionist

Politics in the mess: Who will be next Prime Minister of Pakistan?

Hamas Deputy Chief thanks Pakistani nation over support to Palestine

A thickening plot: Would sending Nawaz behind bars benefit PML-N in elections?

Would Pakistan jump into stalled Afghan peace process again?

Austria could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams

Saudi's potential attack on Yemen's port of Hudaydah may kill 250,000, UN says

What is the future of Younger Sharif?

Iran marks International Quds Day with massive rallies

Approaching elections and US interest in Pakistan's politics

How Saudia offered oil support to Trump for Iran's decision

Back in politics: Is Establishment give a key role to Musharraf in next Government?

Imran in the eye of storm: Reham claims PTI leadership employed sex for political purpose

An expected U-turn: Did Pompeo seek Pakistan help to strengthen Ghani?

Turkey ready to attack northern Iraq: Erdogan

Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia collapses under bin Salman

2018-06-12 11:04:35

Can Scotland topple the No.1 T20 team?

Pakistan are the No.1 T20I team in the world, having won 17 of their last 20 games in this format. One week less than a year ago, Sarfraz Ahmed’s men clinched the Champions Trophy at The Oval. When the calendar showed Pakistan would play two T20Is against Scotland at the tail end of their UK tour this year, it promised to be the highlight of Scotland’s summer.

But as Pakistan touch down in Edinburgh, it isn’t them everyone is buzzing about. Undoubtedly, these are huge games for Scotland. They only have four games beyond these two slotted for the rest of the year: two each against Ireland and Netherlands. But this series begins 48 hours on from the biggest day in Scotland cricket history, where they took on England, the No.1 ODI side, and smashed 371, sneaking a six-run win.

Pakistan, for their part, must be wary of the buoyant home side. Kyle Coetzer’s men have shown how little they fear playing against a top-ranked side and, as such, the ranking will play little part in how the match pans out. So far, Pakistan’s tour diary shows them limping to a shaky win in Malahide, a demolition of England at Lord’s, and a complete role reversal against the same side in Leeds. That makes these two games particularly important for how this tour will be remembered. Win both games, and Pakistan could claim to have come away with steady – albeit unconvincing – consolidation. Any other scenario, and this tour falls under the “disappointing” category.


It doesn’t get said nearly as often as it should, so it’s worth reiterating that Calum MacLeod is one of the best batsman in the world against spin. His ability to sweep high-quality legspin bowling only properly came to prominence three months ago, when he dismantled Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan in an ODI chase in Zimbabwe en route an unbeaten 157 that helped his side to a famous win in the World Cup Qualifiers. In Scotland’s win over England on Sunday, he was equally comfortable against Adil Rashid, who conceded 72 in his 10 overs. This time MacLeod registered an undefeated 140 off 94 balls. His tussle with Shadab Khan promises to be one of the most intriguing match-ups this series.

There were questions over Sarfraz Ahmed’s form, both with the bat and the gloves, before this tour began, but if they were posed in guilty, conspiratorial whispers then, they are starting to turn into bare-faced challenges now. In an article about Sarfraz just before this tour, Osman Samiuddin wrote that his batting was a worry, even if it hadn’t “fallen off a cliff”. With 88 runs from eight innings on this tour, it might not be hyperbole to suggest that, by now, it has. He will be anxious to leave the UK having salvaged some of those stats.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Categories:   Sport ،
Tags:   pakistan ، T20 ، Sarfraz Ahmed ، Scotland ، Edinburgh ،
From other agencies (RSS Reader)