Match Preview

Scotland will face Pakistan in Match 41 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 7 November at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. After overcoming India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and Namibia, the Men in Green, headed by Babar Azam, have already advanced to the semi-finals. They’ll finish first in Group 2 if they win again. On the other hand, Scotland has been hammered and damaged. Kyle Coetzer and his teammates won all three Qualifiers matches, but have yet to win in the Super 12. The Scots will be playing for pride and would like to finish on a high note.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and chasing would be easier.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 31 – 32° C

STATS – T20

Total matches                                       51

Matches won batting first                   23

Matches won bowling first                 28

Average 1st Inns scores                    140

Average 2nd Inns scores                   128

Highest total recorded                        225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                         87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                         166/4 (19 Ov) by NAM vs NED

Lowest score defended                      129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top Wicket-Keeper pick

1) Mohammad Rizwan – Due to his offensive stroke play and wicket-keeping skills, Rizwan became a fixture of Pakistan’s limited-overs side, bringing significant balance to the squad’s composition. His gritty yet remarkable skills will be beneficial for the upcoming match.

Matches – 159

Runs – 3690

Average – 39.25

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Fakhar Zaman – His methods suit the limited-overs game, he is a useful part-time slow left-arm. In shorter formats, his ‘see the ball, hit the ball’ style makes him a fan favourite and a package that is difficult to overlook.

Matches – 168

Runs – 4114

Average – 26.71

2) Kyle Coetzee – Coetzer had a successful county career with Durham and Northamptonshire, where he created history by becoming the first batsman from an associate nation to hit a century in the World Cup in 2015. His 156 against Bangladesh was the highest score ever by a batsman from an associate nation.

Matches – 133

Runs – 2781

Average – 23.7

3) Babar Azam – He is a top-order batter with fluid batting ability and has shown flashes of remarkable stroke-making skill. He played phenomenal innings against India in the last match. He is capable of leading his team to victory in this tournament.

Matches – 200

Runs – 7253

Average – 46.49

4) Shoaib Malik – A nearly two-decade long career that began as an off-spinner and will most likely end as one of Pakistan’s most dependable batsmen in the shorter formats of the game. The man from Sialkot is a spectator’s delight thanks to a watertight defence and some attractive horizontal bat shots and lofted drives.

Matches – 447

Runs – 11078

Average – 36.56

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Bradley Wheal – Wheal was born in Durban, South Africa, and is a right-handed batsman and right-arm pace bowler. In 2016, he made his Scotland debut at the age of 19, at which time he also played in eight more Championship matches and from the start of his career he has been a reliable player for his team.

Matches – 511

Wickets – 553

Economy – 8.21

 2) Safyaan Sharif – Sharif is an English-born Scottish cricketer who debuted for Scotland in the Intercontinental Cup One-Day tournament against the Netherlands. In 2014, Sharif was instrumental in Scotland’s World Cup qualifying win. In the competition, he took 14 wickets, earning him a spot in the 15-man roster for the 2015 World Cup.

Matches – 75

Wickets – 86

Economy – 7.69

 3) Shaheen Afridi – There is no dispute about Shaheen Afridi’s frighteningly limitless potential. Afridi, like his famous namesake, is blessed with a tall gangly frame and the ability to bowl really fast. He can also strike the ball hard with his good batting skills.

Matches – 100

Wickets – 135

Economy – 7.78

4) Haris Rauf – He is fiery with his T20 skills and has bowled phenomenal spells in the warm-up matches. He is full of great potential and is in excellent form to play this match.

Matches – 89

Wickets – 122

Economy – 8.36

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Michael Leask – Leask, a right-handed batsman famed for biffing long sixes, and a part-time off-break bowler, was born in Aberdeen. Before joining the senior team, Leask represented Scotland in the Under-13, 15, 17, and 19 levels. Leask’s off-spin has had some noteworthy moments, such as taking three wickets in Scotland’s World Cup acclimatisation tour victory over Tasmania in 2014.

Matches – 63

Runs – 555

Average – 13.21

Wickets – 34

Economy – 7.95

 2) Mohammad Hafeez – Hafeez’s best quality can be described by a lean onto the front foot combined with a high elbow giving route to a peaceful cover drive. When Hafeez is at work, a tuck or a clip off the pads looks just as good. As do the flat darts, which are difficult to score in the limited-overs.

Matches – 343

Runs – 7367

Average – 26.00

Wickets – 191

Economy – 6.40

Predicted Playing 11

Pakistan

Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

Scotland

George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal

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