Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Scotland lose to Pakistan in first of two T20 internationals

Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik were involved in a match-winning partnership Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik were involved in a match-winning partnership
Cassandra Castillo | 14 June, 2018, 09:22

Michael Leask's three wickets gave Scotland hope, but Shoaib's brutal hitting kept Pakistan in charge as his side reached 166-6 after their 20 overs.

However, they are the No.1 ranked 50-over team in the world and have been transformed under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan after their shambolic showing at the 2015 World Cup.

Meanwhile, former vice-captain David Warner, who was banned for a year by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa, will join Nine Network's commentary team for the second match in Cardiff on Saturday. The tourists are further weakened by the absence of injured fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, the trio whose presence proved so instrumental in the Ashes. Australia have attempted to draw a line under the controversy but captain Tim Paine and new head coach Justin Langer have insisted that Australia will continue to sledge on the field.

Former Durham and Warwickshire batsman MacLeod said Scotland's first global cricket win over England was a "massive statement". First of all, it's great for Scotland. He's also now the first Scotland batsman to make a century against England.

"We showed we were capable of this previous year against Sri Lanka and then to take the step up to beat a full England side, no 1 ranked in the world, is a massive statement from Scottish cricket".

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Travis Head and Aaron Finch could switch places in the batting order. It was the highest score in Scotland's ODI career, and the highest total England have ever had to chase, but Johnny Bairstow soon had the Scottish fans anxious.

Watch the first ODI between England and Australia, at the Oval, live from 12.30pm on Wednesday on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event.

Test skipper Joe Root was carelessly run out and England then lost Morgan and Alex Hales off successive deliveries to be 245 for five.

Royal London, proud sponsors of one-day cricket, is celebrating unconventional greatness in the game by championing the independent spirit of players and fans. His ability with the bat may be just enough to help him stave off pressure from Tom Curran and Jake Ball. In total, he has scored 1,853 ODI runs at an average of 35.

Australia might have found their best XI by now after emerging victorious in a couple of warm-up matches.

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