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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Hussain Talat's talent could burst Scotland's bubble in Edinburgh Twenty20 clash

Scotland's Calum MacLeod scored a stunning century against England
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Twenty20 international
4pm Tuesday

Scotland are 4-1 to follow up their one-day victory over England with a Twenty20 triumph against Pakistan in Edinburgh.

Bowlers may be approaching this fixture with some trepidation given that 24 sixes were struck in Sunday’s ODI at the ground as England were bowled out for 365, chasing a target of 372.

Betway make Scotland 5-2 to gain Test status before the end of 2020. It’s 16-1 that they achieve it this year, 5-2 in 2019 and 5-4 that they have to wait until 2021 or later for their first Test.

Calum MacLeod, who scored an unbeaten 140 off 94 balls against England, is 4-6 with bet365 to get over 22.5 performance points, with one point awarded per run and ten per catch.

Pakistan’s last Twenty20 series was April’s 3-0 demolition of the West Indies in Karachi, with winning margins of 143 runs, 82 runs and eight wickets.

Babar Azam made 165 runs in those three games but is sidelined with a broken wrist so youngster Hussain Talat looks value to be top Pakistan runscorer.

The 22-year-old made a fine impression in his first international series against the Windies, scoring 41, 63 and 31 not out.

Having hit 32 sixes in 38 domestic Twenty20 innings, he should be eyeing up the boundaries at The Grange like a hungry wolf.

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H Talat top Pakistan runscorer
1pt 11-2 Betfred


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