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All-rounder Shoaib Malik smashed an unbeaten 49 and Faheem Ashraf took three wickets as Pakistan not only crushed Scotland by 84 runs in the second Twenty20 International in Edinburgh, but also claimed a 2-0 series win.
Choosing to bat first, Pakistan got off to a great start as openers Ahmed Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman amassed a 60-run partnership before Shehzad was dismissed by Michael Leask for 24.
Zaman went on to score a 25-ball 33 before he was caught by Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer as backward point off the bowling of Mark Watt.
Once Zaman was gone, Pakistan lost captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Hussain Talat and Asif Ali in quick succession, which left them in a spot of bother at 98/5 in the 14th over.
However, Malik and Shadab Khan came to the rescue with a 54-run partnership before Shadab was removed by Chris Sole for 17.
Malik ended up scoring an unbeaten 49, which came off 22 balls and included a boundary and five sixes, as Pakistan finished on 166/6 off their 20 overs.
Leask was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Sole took two and Watt chipped in with one.
Chasing 167 to win, Scotland were dealt a big blow on the third ball of their innings as opener George Munsey was caught by Zaman at midwicket off the bowling of Usman Khan for a duck.
Richie Berrington managed to make 20 runs before he was caught by Asif at mid-on off the bowling of Faheem.
Coetzer was the next to go as he was clean bowled by Usman, while Dylan Budge only made four runs before being run out by Zaman.
Scotland continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and even though Calum MacLeod did his best to keep Pakistan at bay, he was eventually caught and bowled by Faheem for 25.
Scotland ended up being bowled out for 82 just two balls after MacLeod’s dismissal as Alasdair Evans was caught behind for a duck.
Faheem was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Usman snapped up two, and Shadab and Mohammad Nawaz claimed one wicket each.
Usman was named Man of the Match.