Thursday, September 13, 2007

Pakistan Defeated Scotland By 51 Runs

The Asian giants survived a Scottish scare while defending a target of 172, but eventually won the match by a margin of 51 runs. Shahid Afridi ended with figures of 4/19 and Umar Gul with 4/25.

The Scots came hard at Pakistan in the first Group D match of the ICC World Twenty20, restricting the latter to a score of 171/9. After an initial wobble, Younus Khan resurrected the Pakistan innings with a well compiled 41.

Pakistan were struggling at 50/3 before Younus, captain Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi led the fightback. Afridi scored a quickfire 22 off just 7 balls, an innings which comprised of two sixes and a four.

Scotland will have to chase down 172 to cause the first big upset in the ICC World Twenty20.

Earlier, Scotland captain Ryan Watson won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat in a group D match of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Kingsmead here.

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

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

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