Pakistan will face Scotland in a thrilling T20 World Cup match today, looking for their fifth straight victory (Sunday).
Pakistan was the first team to qualify for the T20 World Cup semi-finals after dominating the Super 12 stage, defeating India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and Namibia. Although Pakistan’s place in the top two is secure, a win today ensures that they finish first in Group 2, and will face the second-place finisher in Group 1 in the semis. Given the run rate, Pakistan will almost certainly face Australia in the semi-finals if the Men in Green defeat Scotland. In the event of a tie, Pakistan will face Australia in the semifinals.
Pakistan will play Scotland in its fifth match of the mega event today at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates. The thrilling match will begin at 7 p.m.
It’s another opportunity for Scotland to learn from the best. “Just the conversations following the game versus India have been positive,” Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer said.”The fact that we were so disappointed to lose in the manner that we did, as well as the opportunities that were created to speak with some of the best players in the world yesterday, was a truly special moment. I believe the guys have learned more in the last two or three games than they have in the previous three or four years “He continued.
Pakistan may choose to rest some of their pace bowlers
According to reports, with their place in the semi-finals already confirmed, Pakistan may choose to rest some of their pace bowlers in today’s match.
Pakistan’s probable XI:
Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi.
Scotland’s probable XI:
George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (capt), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Michael Leask, Matthew Cross (wk), Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans/Hamza Tahir, Brad Wheal.