Twitter Reactions: Sarfraz Ahmed’s whirlwind knock denies Scotland a victory

Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik propelled Pakistan to a dominating score.

Sarfraz Ahmed
Sarfraz Ahmed. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Scotland entered into this game on the back of a 6-run victory against the World No. 1 side England in the one-off ODI. However, Kyle Coetzer-led team couldn’t extend the smiles on their fans faces as they went onto lose the first T20I against Pakistan by 48 runs. The hosts were expected to put up a good show but that never happened during the course of the game.

It was Sarfraz Ahmed who won the toss and opted to bat first on the pitch which was graveyard for bowlers. Ahmed Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman opened the innings for visitors and added 33 runs before the former departed for 12-ball 14-run knock with two fours. Fakhar Zaman also followed Shehzad’s way after adding 13 more runs on the board.

After Pakistan lost two wickets for 46 runs, Hussain Talat came in at the No. 3 slot. He failed to make an impact but stitched an important partnership with the skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. Captain Sarfraz went onto score unbeaten 89-run knock off 49 balls with 10 fours and three sixes. It was Malik’s innings that stole the limelight as the veteran scored with a brilliant pace – 27-ball 53-run knock with five maximums.

With 205-run target, Scotland sent their power-packed openers into the middle. After the opening duo added 53-run partnership, Munsey handed his wicket to Hasan Ali for 25 runs off 22 balls. Richie Berrington came at no. 3 but failed to make much impact. Captain Coetzer added 31 runs off 18 balls before getting out to Mohammad Nawaz. In-form MacLeod was expected to trouble Pakistani bowlers but failed in doing so.

Dylan Budge and Michael Leask tried their best to create ruckus in Pakistan team but the former ended his knock off Mohammad Amir for 24 runs. However, Scotland crossed 150 run mark but they were never in the contest after losing Kyle Coetzer‘s wicket. Eventally, hosts conceded the game to No.1  T20I side by 48 runs. For Pakistan, Shadab Khan was pick of the bowlers for picking two important wickets for just 25 runs.

Here’s how Twitterati reacted to the game