Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Pakistan crush Scotland by 48 runs in first T20I

Eoin Morgan and England Eoin Morgan's side were disappointed to lose in the Champions Trophy semi-final last year Credit
Kristopher Love | 13 June, 2018, 01:05

He added: "I'm really excited to get back to white-ball cricket - it's a great team to be a part of and a really fun dressing room to be in".

Ahead of Australia's one-day worldwide meeting with England - their first competitive match since the scandal-ridden tour - Paine asked Eoin Morgan if the teams could have a pre-match handshake on the field.

But Derbyshire have moved quickly to secure the 85-cap global batsman on the back of his seventh ODI hundred as part of a new relationship between the midlands county and Cricket Scotland.

But paceman Safyaan Sharif sealed Scotland's victory with seven balls to spare when he had No.11 Mark Wood plumb lbw to spark a pitch invasion by jubilant home fans.

England one-day captain Morgan has agreed to the request, but only for the opening game of the five-match series.

Morgan accepted that Scotland had been fired-up for the game and out to make a point after narrowly failing to reach a World Cup which has been condensed to just ten nations by the ICC.

"A one-off game like this, to bring your best game is very hard to do, they played well and deserved the result", said Morgan.

"I don't think we were far away, we go to a ground now that we know really well in The Oval, and we'll be up for the challenge".

The match is scheduled to begin at 8pm (PST) and 4pm on BST. "It is up to us now to build on it", he said.

The left-hander denied it was a reality check, but admitted they deserved to lose. We backed ourselves to compete and win against the number one team in the world and we're disappointed we didn't manage that.

They scored as much in the last seven overs, as the team did in the first 13 as Pakistan became the first side to post five successive 180-plus scores in T20Is. That is the bigger shop window rather than personal side of it.

"I thought the way we played today we didn't deserve to win it, we might have scraped past and won but there are still quite a few mistakes made that we need to rectify".

Scotland, on a high, will now play back-to-back Twenty20 Internationals against Pakistan on Tuesday and Wednesday, while England will play their first ODI against Australia on Wednesday.