Misbah Leads Pakistan To Comfortable Win Over Scotland
Pakistan 231-7 (Misbah-ul-Haq 83no) beat
Scotland 135 (Junaid Khan 3-19) by 96 runs
First One-Day International, Edinburgh
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq led by example, scoring an unbeaten 83 to set up a 96-run win for his side over Scotland in the first One-Day International in Edinburgh.
Misbah comfortably top scored in Pakistan's 231 for seven before Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal took three wickets apiece to bowl Scotland out for 135.
Scotland bowler Majid Haq became the leading ODI wicket-taker for his country during Pakistan's innings but there was little else to cheer for the Saltires.
Their day started poorly as Imran Farhat (46) and Nasir Jamshed (20) put on 50 inside 12 overs before Rob Taylor removed Jamshed and Haq took the landmark 42nd wicket by having Mohammad Hafeez caught by Josh Davey for 18.
Asad Shafiq was next to go, bowled by Matt Machan for nine but Misbah then came in and held the innings together, continuing to score freely despite the departures of Farhat, Umar Amin (3), Kamran Akmal (12) and Saeed Ajmal (28).
He hit three fours and two sixes and unbeaten at the other end was debutant Ehsan Adil, who made five.
Haq was the pick of the bowlers with three for 38 while there was a wicket apiece for Iain Wardlaw, Taylor, Machan and debutant Neil Carter.
Junaid then struck quickly to bowl Carter for a duck before captain Kyle Coetzer made 32 and Davey 20 to help Scotland recover but once they were dismissed by Adil and Hafeez respectively, Scotland quickly slipped out of contention.
Machan (11), Moneeb Iqbal (10), Preston Mommsen (15), Richie Berrington (10), David Murphy (7), Taylor (13) and Haq (0) then fell cheaply as Scotland lost their last six wickets for 64 runs.
Junaid finished with three for 19, Ajmal three for 25 as Mohammad Irfan, Adil and Hafeez took a wicket apiece.
The two sides meet again in two days time on 19th May.
© Cricket World 2013
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