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Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik lead ideal Pakistan into semi-last against Australia

  SHARJAH: Pakistan chief Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik broke rankling half-hundreds of years as the previous World Twenty20 heroes facilitate...


SHARJAH: Pakistan chief Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik broke rankling half-hundreds of years as the previous World Twenty20 heroes facilitated past Scotland by 72 sudden spikes in demand for Sunday to seal best position in Group II and set up a semi-last gathering with Australia. 

Babar selected to bat first in the wake of winning the throw and drove from the front with a 47-ball 66 that contained five limits and three sixes before Malik put the Scots to the blade with 54 not out off only 18 balls — Pakistan's quickest fifty in a T20 game — specked by six hits over the ropes. 

Mohammad Hafeez likewise got the party together with a 19-ball 31 to assist them with arriving at a telling 189-4 in their 20 overs, with 114 falling off the last eight. 

Scotland were never in chase as they oversaw 117-6 with Richie Berrington battling a solitary hand during his 37-ball 54 not out with four limits and a six. 

The triumph gave the 2009 heroes five successes in as many games, finishing off the gathering with ten focuses. They presently face Australia in the second semi-last in Dubai on Thursday. Britain will confront New Zealand in the primary semi-last in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. 

"Shoaib, the manner in which he completed, the manner in which he showed his experience, that is the thing that he's known for," said Babar of his kid partner. 

"We'll convey great certainty into the semi-finals and attempt to play similarly. Most certainly Dubai is one of the most mind-blowing arenas. As a player if you play before an entire group that cheers for you, your certainty increments." 

Scotland lost captain Kyle Coetzer (nine), Matthew Cross (five) and George Munsey (17) preceding they crossed fifty and it was passed on to Berrington and Micheal Leask (14) to add 46 for the fifth wicket. 

Berrington raised his 50 years in the eighteenth over off Hasan Ali, crushing the paceman for a tremendous six en route, yet his gutsy innings went to no end as spinner Shadab Khan (2-14) maintained the tension. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali guaranteed a wicket each. 

"I thought we bowled all around well today, particularly in the powerplay," said Coetzer whose group lost every one of the five Super 12 games yet crushed Bangladesh in the passing round. 

"At the point when you have the power in the batting line-up like Pakistan you realize that they will track down the limits at some stage, yet I thought our folks contended energetically today." 

Prior, Babar had set the stage with another fine thump. 

Malik's ruthless invasion saw the most experienced T20 player on the planet rebuff the Scottish assault, taking 26 off Chris Greaves' last finished. 

Babar proceeded with his incomparable batting structure, turning into the competition's most elevated run-scorer, passing England's Jos Buttler's 240 out of five matches with 264 in as many games. 

He holed out to spinner Greaves in the eighteenth over as Pakistan lifted the scoring rate, adding 129 in the last ten overs and a unimaginable 77 in the last five. 

Babar and Mohammad Rizwan (15) had put on a lethargic 35 for the initial stand. 

Rizwan, when on five, broke West Indian Chris Gayle's record for most runs in Twenty20 cricket in a schedule year. Rizwan currently has 1,676 runs in 41 matches. Gayle had indented 1,665 of every 36 matches in 2015. 

Current Group II standings 

(Classified under played, won, lost, no outcome, focuses, net run rate): 

Pakistan (Q) 5 0 10 1.583 

New Zealand (Q) 5 4 1 0 8 1.162 

India 4 2 0 4 1.619 

Afghanistan 5 2 3 0 4 1.053 

Namibia 4 1 3 0 2 - 1.851 

Scotland 5 0 5 0 - 3.543 

Note: Top different sides fit the bill for the semi-finals.

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