In addition to India opener KL Rahul’s 50 off 18 balls, it was also the joint fastest half-century of the tournament, which also came against Scotland, as Pakistan held Scots to 117 for six after posting a massive 189 for four.
As his Indian tennis player wife Sania Mirza watched from the stand, Malik, 39, hit six sixes while knocking his whirlwind unbeaten, which cast a shadow over captain Babar Azam’s fourth half-century of the tournament.
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Batting first, Pakistan scored 129 for 10 after scoring 60 for two at half-time.
With the ball in hand, the in-form team did what was expected of them in their last Super 12 engagement to set a date for the semifinals with Australia.
Pakistan have made their way to the last four with five wins from many outs, underlining their evidence as one of the strongest favorites.
Thanks to Malik Blitz, Pakistan have scored 43 runs in the last two overs, including 26 off the last six balls by Chris Greaves.
Coincidentally, it was here that Malik made his ODI debut in October 1999 against the West Indies. His first Pakistan captain Wasim Akram retired from the game almost two decades ago.
Babur, meanwhile, who played the role of saver again, became the third batsman to score four half-centuries in a Twenty20 World Cup after former Australian opener Matthew Hayden and India captain Virat Kohli, who achieved this feat in 2007 and 2014, respectively. .
Pakistan scored 129 runs for the loss of 10 runs in the first half.
Babar Mohammad Rizwan made a quiet start with his decision to bat first, as the Scottish bowlers were able to keep the run rate below six until the power play.
After smoking a huge six in the deep mid-wicket to Bradley Wheel, Rizwan was dismissed by Hamza Tahir, who drew the batter with a toss-up delivery before getting an under-edge to the wicketkeeper.
The Scots deserve praise for the way they covered Pakistan’s score as they finished the power play at 35, which turned into 35 for one with Rizwan’s dismissal in the first ball of the next over.
Pakistan were not so good at half-time as Pakistan were 60 for two as Scotland managed to stop their opponents with one ball to one.
However, the situation changed completely as Pakistan entered the innings with both Babar and veteran Mohammad Hafeez (31 off 19 balls).
Babur had his usual excellent temperament when he played ball along the ground, but at the same time, he did not hesitate to go to the top, which resulted in three sixes.
After Babur’s dismissal, the show was owned by the owner.
In a huge chase, Scotland lost the wickets of captain Kyle Quetzer and Matthew Cross by just 36 runs.
Scotland were never in the game as they scored 42 for two at the end of the first 10 overs.
Ritchie Barrington was the only Scottish batsman to score 54 off 36 balls.
One of the biggest positive aspects for Pakistan bowling is Shadab Khan (2/140 bowling, taking his googly and leg-spinners just before the big semifinals against the Aussies).