Pakistan completed an emphatic series win over Scotland after wrapping them up for 82 in a chase of 167 in the second and final T20I in Edinburgh on Wednesday (June 13).
Opting to bat with a 1-0 lead in the series, Pakistan got off to a flyer but regular strikes in the middle overs left them in a spot of bother. Scotland's spinners, though a little expensive, picked four in rapid succession to reduce the visitors to 98 for 5. It was Shoaib Malik's blinder of an innings - an unbeaten 49 off just 22 deliveries - that not only gave Pakistan a competitive total on the board but also eventually proved to be the decisive factor.
Fakhar Zaman continued his rich vein of form to provide a blazing start for the visitors, even as Ahmed Shehzad took time settling in. The pair put on 54 in the powerplay and 60 overall before Michael Leask got Scotland a breakthrough as Shehzad charged at the offspinner off the first ball he faced from him. A needless attempt to reverse sweep left-arm spinner Mark Watt by Fakhar, an over later, gave Scotland their second wicket.
Scotland had brought in Chris sole in place of Hamza Tahir, and the medium pacer struck a massive blow as he took out the in-form Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for 14. Leask's following over brought more trouble for the tourists who lost Hussain Talat and Asif Ali in the space of three deliveries.
Malik, by then, had got his eye in. His 22-ball undefeated effort included as many as five sixes, the first of which sent Leask's otherwise impressive match figures for a toss. However, it wasn't until Pakistan had only two overs left, and only 132 on the board, that Malik converted his 13-ball 17 into a match-winning knock. Safyaan Sharif was hit for hit for back-to-back sixes and then a four to begin the 19th over while Sole was also hit for a couple of big hits that gave Pakistan 34 off the final 12 deliveries.
Pakistan were hardly troubled in their defence, but that can be attributed to poor shot selection from Scotland's batsmen as much as the miserly 4.4 overs from Usman Khan and Faheem Ashraf. They picked five wickets between them while giving away only 10 runs.
Usman, who was brought in to rest Mohammad Amir, justified his selection with two vital wickets - that of the home team's openers - in his two overs in the powerplay that set them back early on. Richie Berrington's counter-attack lasted 15 balls before Ashraf opened his account. The brief semblance of resistance came from Calum MacLeod (27-ball 25) but with no valuable partnerships forthcoming, Scotland collapsed to 82 as Ashraf wrapped up the proceedings with two wickets in what turned out to be the final over of Scotland's futile chase.