This is a dead rubber for both sides as Pakistan have long qualified for the next round and Scotland have long been knocked out of the competition.
Their contrasting fortunes owe everything to their positions on the points table, with Pakistan at the top and Scotland at the foot, thanks to the former’s four-match winning streak and the latter’s losing streak spanning just as many games.
Some expected Pakistan to field a slightly weaker side against Namibia in their last game but since their qualification wasn’t secured then, they went full strength. This time, though, they can use fringe and squad players so expect some names such as Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, and Usman Qadir to get some game time.
Scotland had started their T20 World Cup campaign with an impressive upset of Bangladesh but have since seen their graph of performances drop gradually.
Having won their group in the opening round when teams were largely their own size (except Bangladesh), much was expected of the Scots but their winless and pointless journey in the main round shows that much work needs to be done on their development.
In their last game, they were bundled out for a mere 85 by India – a performance that helped Virat Kohli’s men immensely in keeping their campaign alive.