There is no doubt that the current Pakistan team is a young one. However, the players have ample experience, and the team has performed well in the previous T20I matches. On the other hand, Scotland has started playing in the big league only recently and will want to prove its worth when they take on the visiting side on 12th June for the first T20I.
The Grange Club is the home ground for the Scottish national cricket team. It is difficult to say how the pitch will perform. However, in the UK, pitches are much faster and have a lot of bounce compared to the ones in the sub-continent. While Pakistan bowlers will love these bowling conditions, batsmen may take time to settle down.
If you compare the two sides, Pakistan is way ahead. So, that is not a benchmark you should use to determine the outcome of the match. Nonetheless, the odds favor the Pakistani team. After all, the team has players like Sarfraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, and Rumman Raes who are known to be some of the best in the world.
On the other hand, even though Scotland is an inexperienced team, it has few players whom you cannot ignore. The likes of Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington, Josh Davey, Matthew Cross and Alasdair Evans will give Pakistan a run for their money.
While Pakistan will be playing in Scotland on a bouncy pitch, it should still be able to beat the Scottish side. Here are some reasons why Pakistan may come out ahead:
Muhammad Amir is a genuine fast bowler whom Pakistan has groomed over time. He will be their key wicket-taker.
Imad Wasim is an all-rounder and will be expected to perform with the bat and the ball.
Shoaib Malik and Usman Khan will be other players who will be looking to cement their place in the team.
However, Pakistan can be unpredictable and can crumble under stress. So, if Scotland manages to take quick wickets in the first couple of overs, the game can turn into an interesting one and could see the Scottish side winning the first T20I.