Fa­heem three-for, Ma­lik’s 49* help Pak­istan seal se­ries

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ED­IN­BURGH: Cour­tesy late blitz by all­rounder Shoaib Ma­lik, Pak­istan has posted a tar­get of 167 runs against Scot­land in the sec­ond and fi­nal T20I to­day, af­ter beat­ing the home side by 48 runs in the se­ries opener in Ed­in­burgh on Tues­day.

Ma­lik scored 49 off 22 balls, in­clud­ing one bound­ary and five sixes.

Scot­tish bowler Michael Leask took three wick­ets, Chris Sole took two and Mark Watt bagged one.

Ear­lier, Pak­istan won the toss and opted to bat against Scot­land.

Hav­ing taken out the world´s top one-day in­ter­na­tional side with a his­toric win over Eng­land on Sun­day, the Scots were look­ing to com­plete a stun­ning dou­ble by top- pling a Pak­istan team rated as the top Twenty20 na­tion.

But Grant Brad­burn´s side were un­able to em­u­late their epic suc­cess thanks to a solid Pak­istan dis­play.

The hosts´ run chase went flat as Scot­land fin­ished on 156 for six in re­sponse to Pak­istan´s 204 for four at the Grange.

Cap­tain Sar­fraz Ahmed led the way as he racked up an im­pres­sive un­beaten 89 from just 49 balls, with Shoaib Ma­lik hit­ting 53 from 27 de­liv­er­ies.

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