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Pakistan defeat Scotland by 51 runs

Pak dish out a tidy bowling show to skittle out Scotland for 120 runs after setting them a target of 172.

cricket Updated: Sep 12, 2007 21:09 IST
Anjali Behl

Pakistan dished out a tidy bowling performance to skittle out Scotland for 120 runs after setting them a target of 172 in their Twenty20 Group D encounter at Durban. Man of the Match Shahid Afridi starred with his 22 off seven and four dismissals at the cost of just 19 runs as his beleaguered team beat Scotland by 51 runs at Kingsmead.

For Pakistan, Umar Gul struck early, removing Ryan Watson in the second over. The skipper walked back on a forgettable score of two. The pacer's next scalp was that of Navdeep Poonia, who returned for four.

Afridi then went on a rampage claiming four quick wickets. He first bundled Gavin Hamilton for two before removing Neil McCallum for a duck in the same over.

Afridi's third dismissal of the day was Dougie Brown, who was caught by Imran Nazir at long-on. Next, he offed Colin Smith for 11. With this he also entered the newfangled Twenty20 record-book for becoming the fifth bowler to claim four wickets in a Twenty20 match.

Mohd Hafeez bilked Fraser Watts' efforts to charge the team ahead by bundling him at 46. The well-set batsman powered nine boundaries.

Following Afridi's strike of exacting four wickets, Gul returned to tamp down Craig Wright and John Blain in consecutive deliveries. The former hit 14 while the latter returned for a duck. Mohd Asif mopped up the Scottish innings, by dispatching Majid Haq for 14 in the penultimate ball.

Earlier, being put to bat, the Pakistani batsmen failed to withstand the Scottish bowling attack as wickets kept falling at regular intervals.

Blain struck early for Scotland, packing off openers Imran Nazir and Salman Butt within five overs. Wright then caught Hafeez off his own bowling. The batsman returned to pavilion for 18.

Wright returned to uproot Afridi (22) after Colin Smith stumped skipper Shoaib Malik (11) off Majid Haq's delivery. Afridi, who looked to steamroll Pakistan's run rate, struck two sixes and a boundary off the seven balls he faced.

Haq claimed another key wicket in Younis Khan. The batsman hit 41 off 29 balls. Wright's third dismissal was that of Misbah-ul-Haq, who scored 23 runs off 16 balls.

In the last over, Dewald Nel removed Kamran Akmal (16) and Yasir Arafat (17).

Teams

Pakistan: Shoaib Malik (captain), Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt, Umar Gul, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Imran Nazir.

Scotland: Ryan Watson (captain), Fraser Watts, Dougie Brown, John Blain, Gavin Hamilton, Navdeep Poonia, Neil McCallum, Colin Smith, Craig Wright, Dewald Nel, Majid Haq.