Wednesday 12 September 2007 

Scotland Push Pakistan But Fall Well Short

Pakistan 171-9 (Yunus Khan 41, Wright 3-29, Blain 2-23)
Scotland 120 (Watts 46, Afridi 4-19, Gul 4-25)
Pakistan won by 59 runs

Scotland turned in an encouraging performance, but in the end Pakistan were too strong for them in the opening game of Group D in the Twenty20 World Cup.

Scotland had Pakistan in trouble at 50 for 3 and 116 for 6, before Yunus Khan and Shahid Afridi hit 22 from 7 balls to push their score somewhere towards respectability.

To their credit, Scotland fielded and bowled smartly, with two wickets apiece for Majid Haq, Dewald Nel, John Blain and Craig Wright took three.

Fraser Watts stood up well to the Pakistan bowlers, hitting a bright and breezy 46 from 35 balls but with no-one else able to stay with him, their challenge faded.

The turn to spin engineered the downfall of many of the Scottish batsmen, with Shahid Afridi taking four wickets and Mohammad Hafeez the key wicket of Watts before Umar Gul wrapped up the tail.

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