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Scotland slump to Pakistan defeat

By Paresh Soni

ICC World Twenty20 Group D, Durban: Pakistan 171-9 (20 overs) bt Scotland 120 (19.3 overs) by 51 runs

Shahid Afridi in action in Durban
Afridi was named man-of-the-match for his all-round performance

Four wickets each for Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul helped Pakistan to a comfortable 51-run win over Scotland in their World Twenty20 match in Durban.

Fraser Watts (46) was the only man to make a start as Scotland's batsman needlessly threw their wickets away.

Mohammed Hafeez and Mohammed Asif collected a wicket apiece.

Scotland had restricted Pakistan to 171-9, with Craig Wright leading the way with three wickets, while Younus Khan top-scored with 41.

The defeat was made more painful after Scotland's excellent bowling and fielding performance.

Ryan Watson won the toss and elected to take advantage of the overhead conditions in Durban and John Blain soon removed openers Imran Nazir and Salman Butt, who made just 13 runs from 23 balls.

Wright got into the act when he took a smart return catch to dismiss the dangerous Mohammed Hafeez (18) before Majid Haq collected his first wicket of the afternoon when Shoaib Malik was stumped needlessly advancing down the wicket.

John Blain
John Blain took two wickets in his opening spell

The captain's dismissal brought the mercurial Afridi to the crease and the all-rounder began in typically cavalier fashion, smashing two sixes and two fours from his first five deliveries.

But Afridi's exhilarating cameo came to an end when he swept a full-toss from Wright into the hands of Haq at short fine leg.

Younus soon followed attempting to smash Haq over long-on, instead finding the safe hands of Fraser Watts in the deep.

Dewald Nel cleaned up the tail to give Scotland an excellent opportunity to follow in Ireland's footsteps from the 50-over World Cup and record a shock victory.

But the innings began badly when Watson cut Gul to Hafeez at point. He was soon joined by Navdeep Poonia, cleaned up by a superb yorker.

With Watts hitting the boundary ropes regularly, Scotland still had a chance.

However, the collapse began in the eighth over when Gavin Hamilton was caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary attempting to hit Afridi over the top.

Neil McCullum followed two balls later attempting to play a similar shot and Watts's entertaining innings came to a tame end when he top-edged Hafeez to point.

Dougie Brown and Colin Smith perished in quick succession as both men attempting to smash Afridi into the stands.

And with the tail exposed, Malik brought back Gul, who cleaned up Craig Wright and John Blain with vicious yorkers before Asif took care of Haq.

  • Scotland captain Ryan Watson: "I thought we bowled well up front - we looked to get wickets in the first six overs, which we did - and walking off, I thought we'd done a good job.

    "But they came out and bowled really well - their spinners did a great job and in the end it proved a bit too much.

    "It's great experience. We're learning all the time. Hopefully we can take what we've learnt today and put it into practice tomorrow night [against India]."

  • Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik: "We did not bat as well as we are capable of in this game, but I knew we had the bowling to restrict Scotland.

    "There are areas like batting and fielding we have to work on, but I am confident we will do well in the tournament."

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