T20 World Cup: Pakistan beat Scotland to set up Australia semi-final

ICC Men's T20 World Cup Sharjah Pakistan 189-4 (20 runs), Babar 66 (47), Malik 34* (18); Greaves 2-43 Scotland 117-6 (20 overs), Berrington 54* (37); Shadab 2-14 Pakistan won with 72 runs Scorecard Tables
With a 72-run victory over Scotland, Pakistan maintained their 100% record at Men's T20 World Cup. This set up a semifinal against Australia.

They scored 189-4. Babar Azam was able to score 66, while Shoaib Malik managed 54 from 18 balls. This is the fastest half-century in tournament history.

Scotland was able to limp to 117-6 with Richie Berrington scoring 54.

New Zealand will be facing England, who defeated Afghanistan earlier in Sunday's semi-final to eliminate India.

The game will take place at 14:00 GMT in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, and Pakistan-Australia on Thursday in Dubai.

Semi-final line up

England v New Zealand – Wednesday, 14:00 GMT Abu Dhabi

Pakistan v Australia - Thursday, 14:00 GMT, Dubai.

Pakistan underline title credentials

Pakistan is the only Super 12s team to have won all five group games. They are playing confident, entertaining cricket under Captain Babar.

Babar has four runs in the tournament that are half-centuries. He scored five fours and three sixes in Pakistan's innings.

Shoaib assumed control after Babar was disqualified and defeated Chris Greaves 26 to 1. In his quick cameo, he finished with six sixes as well as one four. This equalled KL Rahul's fastest 50 in the tournament for India openers.

It also ranks as the third fastest half-century in all seven editions T20 World Cup.

The 39-year old has scored 99 runs out of 53 balls. He and Asif Ali have scored 57 runs at an average strike rate of 247.83. Pakistan now has two serious finishers who will be a worry for the other sides.

With the ball, Pakistan have won 16 consecutive T20s in United Arab Emirates. They continue to have everything covered with fast bowlers Haris Rauf, Hassan Ali, and Shaheen Afridi's left-arm pace variation.

This, along with the off-spin and leg-spin from Shadab Khan gives Babar options. They have all been disciplined throughout Super 12s and contributed with wickets to different games.

Babar chose to bat first in the two previous games. He also let his bowlers practice using a wet ball because of the evening dew. Their bowlers haven't been under any pressure at any stage, so it is difficult to predict how they would cope in the final.

This defeat for Scotland is the last of a disappointing Super 12s campaign in which they have lost all five games.

They performed brilliantly in the qualifying tournament, winning three victories against Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, and Oman. However, they were outclassed by better opponents, including heavy defeats against Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan.

Kyle Coetzer, captain and opener, will be a major concern. The 37-year old scored just 84 runs in seven innings and 37 runs in four innings of the Super 12s. Berrington has scored 177 runs, and Mark Watt, spinner, was efficient throughout.

Now, their focus will be on qualifying for the 2022 Men's T20 World Cup in Australia. It will take place in October and November next years.

"We can be very proud" - What they said

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer: "Our men fought really hard.

"I hope that we have inspired some people in Scotland. This proves that if you play well and work hard, you can get a spot in a tournament such as this.

"We will learn a lot from this experience and can now focus on the challenges that lie ahead of us in Australia next year. We are proud of the achievements we have made."

Babar Azam, Pakistan captain: "We play like a team and everyone has faith in each other.

"We are playing well, and we want that to continue. We'll do our best to perform as this in the semi finals."

John Blain, former Scotland bowler: "I'm very proud of Scotland. They have come a long distance in a short time."