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Pakistan cruise to victory over Scotland


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Junaid Khan bowls during the match. -Photo by AFP
Junaid Khan bowls during the match. -Photo by AFP
Misbah ul Haq and Ehsan Adil. -Photo by Faras Ghani/
Misbah ul Haq and Ehsan Adil. -Photo by Faras Ghani/

LONDON: Pakistan cruised to a 96-run victory over Scotland in Friday's ODI in Edinburgh despite the record-breaking efforts of Majid Haq.

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Scotland spinner Haq went into the clash at the Grange level with John Blain on 41 one-day international wickets and he shattered that record as he dismissed three Pakistan batsmen to move himself clear on 43.

However his efforts were in vain as Pakistan, who won the toss and chose to bat, made 231 for seven and then bowled out Scotland for just 135.

Pakistan were using the fixture to prepare for their Champions Trophy campaign, which begins against the West Indies at the Oval in London on June 7.

And the tourists enjoyed some useful batting pratice as captain Misbah-ul-Haq top-scored with 78 not out, while opener Imran Farhat made 49.

Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan both took three wickets for Pakistan as Scotland were skittled up in reply.

Nasir Jamshed went for 20 before Scotland's Haq claimed his first wicket of the day when Josh Davey caught Mohammad Hafeez at backward point.

Farhat moved to the brink of a half-century, only to be bowled by spinner Matt Machan when he miscued an attempted slog.

Haq claimed the wickets of Asad Shafiq for seven and Umar Amin for three, before Kamran Akmal fell lbw to Neil Carter for 12.

Misbah and Ajmal steadied the boat with a 51-run partnership for the seventh wicket, but the latter fell for 28 when he misjudged a scoop shot off Iain Wardlaw and the ball skidded into his stumps.

The match had been Northamptonshire batsman Kyle Coetzer's first as Scotland skipper after he was named Gordon Drummond's replacement earlier this week.

And he led by example as he top scored for the home side with 32.

But in the end it proved to be a simple job for Pakistan to rattle through Scotland's lower order, with Rob Taylor falling at the death as Ajmal claimed another lbw.

The teams will meet again in the second leg of their one-day international double-header on Sunday

Scotland squad: RD Berrington, NM Carter, KJ Coetzer*, JH Davey, RM Haq, MM Iqbal, MW Machan, PL Mommsen, D Murphy†, RML Taylor, I Wardlaw.

Pakistan squad: Asad Shafiq, Ehsan Adil, Imran Farhat, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal†, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Amin.

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Comments (16) Closed

Mohammad Shafi May 17, 2013 06:13pm

Can anyone please answer my question: "On what basis Umar Amin (Batting Ave less than 12) can be selected over Malik?"

Syed May 17, 2013 06:40pm

@Mohammad Shafi: Maybe he is talented?!?! Why not try some one new....give him a chance!!

Asif Kahsmiri May 17, 2013 06:47pm

@Mohammad Shafi: oh bhai its just practice, chill.

Mustafa May 17, 2013 09:05pm

@Mohammad Shafi: Since Rahman Malik is out of power therefore S Malik is out of team. Pretty simple, isn't it?

Ali Tahir May 17, 2013 09:16pm

@Mohammad Shafi: Your answer is simple. On Parchi Basis..LLoLLZZ

Ali May 18, 2013 12:07am

This is pretty bad bating if they scored 231 against Scotland. Also Misbah scored 83 and Imran Farhat 46-please correct the numbers in the article.

Ali May 18, 2013 12:09am

@Mohammad Shafi: One needs to try new players and groom them. Malik has been given enough chances already. Hope this is helpful.

izhar bokharee May 18, 2013 12:49am

@Mohammad Shafi: he paid more money

Afif Naeem May 18, 2013 01:52am

Yes, give Umar Amin a chance. Shoaib Malik is not the same he used to be like 5 years ago.

Abrar-ul-Haque May 18, 2013 04:37am

Notwithstanding a comfortable win in the end, I would say batting was too poor. Batting first, they should have surpassed 300 mark. What would they do when they are up against quality bowling in the CT. However, lets hope they are in the acclimatization process and would soon improve.

Pakistani May 18, 2013 11:02am

@Mohammad Shafi: Because after playing millions & millions of ODIs Shoaib Malik's batting average is the same as the average temperature of some tropical destination which remains more or less the same through out the year. Also, ICC and PCB have come down hard on match fixing etc.

Masood Hussain May 18, 2013 07:02pm

@Mohammad Shafi: It is captain's choice

Fen May 18, 2013 10:39pm

Just beyond my understanding why would someone have Umar Amin who is unable to bat in top class cricket.Try new faces is fine but don't try with failed guys.Pakistan team seems to be one man army in batting with just Misbah batting for the whole team and rest of players just making up the number needed for 11 slots.

sajjad ali May 19, 2013 08:40am

sajjad ka game cricket passand ha wo tv dakta ha

bhaiyagi May 19, 2013 08:55am

@Fen: Pakistani team represents Punjabies and Phatans..... (people from the province Punjab and what used to be NWFP)..... so this should not be shocking....

Que May 19, 2013 10:31am

@Fen: Iqbal Qasim is the only person who can answer this question... Provided he is not 'high'...