ICC World Twenty20 - Pakistan unconvincing in victory
Many people might have thought that today's match in Durban between Pakistan and Scotland would result in an almighty thrashing for the minnows. It wasn't quite the case. Ryan Watson won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat. Openers Salman Butt and Imran Nazir fell cheaply and Scotland found themselves two wickets to the good for just 24 runs. It couldn't last, and when Shahid Afridi joined Younis Khan at the crease the collective Scottish heart sank. Despite some fine bowling from Majid Haq (pictured right), and neat catching by Fraser Watts, once Afridi and Khan had gone, the Pakistan tail-enders put up a fight and Arafat and Akmal saw them home with 171 for nine.
Scotland came out to bat in good spirits - after all, they came close to bowling Pakistan out - but Watson went for just two pretty much at the start. An attack was mounted and in the seventh over at 53 for two, there was a smidgin of hope. It didn't last long and in the 10th over, four wickets were lost. Afridi took four for 19 and killed off all optimism for the Tartan supporters.
However, considering the gulf in class between the sides, Scotland can be proud of restricting Pakistan to under 200 runs, and proud that they reached a total of three figures and came within one ball of batting out the full 20 overs.
Pakistan won by 51 runs and Test Match Special commentator Arlo White gave us this gem of insight on the match:
"Not sure that lime-green suits Geoff (Lawson)."
[Image: Getty] [mimitig]
Pretty solid win I feel. Batting orders don't count for a great deal in Twenty20, so collapses aren't as influential as in the Fifty50. Encouraging for Scotland who justified their place.
Posted by: The Tooting Trumpet | 12 Sep 2007 21:14:12
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