Date: November 07, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
After an exciting few matches, the Super 12 stage is finally coming towards the business end in T20 World Cup 2021 with Pakistan and Scotland locking horns in Sharjah. Out of all the contests, there will be one which won’t have so much relevance in the context of the tournament but it could be one to watch out for many fans.
One of the most impressive sides in the tournament – Pakistan – who are also being termed as favourites to win the mega event will be looking to continue their fantastic winning streak in UAE while Scotland would hope to bid adieu with a positive display. With some exciting players on display, it’s time for another high-voltage T20 game on Sunday.
The wicket in Sharjah has produced some exciting contests between the bat and ball in this tournament so far. Slow bowlers have played a crucial role at this venue and with some quality spinners on both sides, it is certain that the batsmen are going to have a challenging time in the middle. While teams might prefer chasing because of the possible dew factor in the second innings, England had managed to defend a 164-run target against Sri Lanka in an evening match here a few days back.
Pakistan: Babar Azam’s side has been on a roll in the tournament so far, having won all their matches. Something that has stood out for the team has been the way how all their players have contributed in one match or the other, making them one of the strongest contenders to lift the trophy in the UAE conditions where they have played most of their international cricket in recent times. From one of the best opening pairs of Babar and Rizwan to the ever-impressive Shaheen Afridi, the Men in Green seems to have all their bases covered going into this contest.
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer’s team have shown glimpses of their potential in Super 12 but a heavy thumping by India in their previous match must have seriously hampered their confidence coming into this match. While they have some talented players in form of George Munsey and Michael Leask, they might need all their 11 players to play the best game of their lives if they want to have a chance against a lethal Pakistani side. They did give the Kiwis a run for their money a few days back and a repeat of the same could make things extremely exciting for fans on Sunday.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik.
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richard Berrington, Dylan Budge, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Ally Evans, Chris Greaves, Michael Leask, Calum Macleod, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal
Pakistan will start this contest as favourites and they will look to make it 5 in 5 to wrap up a fantastic Super 12 campaign. Babar Azam’s side would want to continue the momentum going into the knockouts which is why it is going to be a crucial match for them. On the other hand, Scotland have already been eliminated from the tournament and will be raring to bow out on a high.
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