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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed put on a show in Edinburgh as he hammered a career-best 89 not out to lead his side to a 48-run win over Scotland in the first Twenty20 International.
Pakistan came into the match on a low as they missed out on the opportunity to win their first Test series in England since 1996.
Scotland, on the other hand, went into the game on a high as they secured their first-ever win over England in the one-off ODI on Sunday.
Choosing to bat first, Pakistan made a brisk start to their innings before opener Ahmed Shehzad was caught by Richie Berrington at midwicket off the bowling of Alasdair Evans for 14.
Shehzad’s opening partner, Fakhar Zaman, went on to score 21 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Evans.
Hussain Talat and Sarfraz steadied things with a 41-run partnership before Talat was caught by Hamza Tahir at third man off the bowling of Berrington for 18.
Sarfraz and Shoaib Malik kept the runs flowing as they amassed a 96-run stand before Malik was dismissed by Evans for 53, which came off 27 balls and included five sixes.
Sarfraz ended up making 89 off 49 balls, which included 10 boundaries and three sixes, as Pakistan finished on 204/4 off their 20 overs.
Evan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Berrington chipped in with one.
Chasing 205 to win, Scotland made a strong start to their innings as captain Kyle Coetzer and George Munsey put together a 53-run partnership before Munsey was caught behind off the bowling of Hasan Ali for 25.
Berrington only made three runs before being clean bowled by Shadab Khan.
Coetzer followed soon after as he was caught by Asif Ali at long-on off the bowling of Mohammad Nawaz for 31.
With Calum MacLeod and Dylan Budge being removed for 12 and 24 respectively, Scotland found themselves struggling at 107/5 in the 16th over.
Michael Leask and wicketkeeper Matthew Cross put up a last-gasp 43-run stand, but to no avail as Cross was dismissed by Hasan for 13.
Leask went on to score an unbeaten 38, which came off 24 balls and included three boundaries and two sixes, as Scotland concluded their innings on 156/6.
Hasan and Shadab took two wickets apiece, while Nawaz and Mohammad Amir claimed one wicket each.
Sarfraz was named Man of the Match.