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Pakistan demolished Scotland – 1st ODI

Zia Rana May 17, 2013

Pakistan 7-231 (Misbah-ul-Haq 83*, Imran Farhat 49, Majid Haq 3-39) beat Scotland 135 (Kyle Coetzer 32, Josh Davey 20, Junaid Khan 3-19, Saeed Ajmal 3-25) by 96 runs.

Misbah-ul-Haq led his team from the front by plundering unbeaten 83 runs while Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal ripped through the batting of the hosts, Scotland.

Pakistan smashed 231 runs with three wickets intact at the end of the scheduled 50th over and Scotland was bowled out for 135 mere runs with 10.2 overs still remaining.

The first One Day International of the two match series was held on Friday, May 17, 2013, at Grange Cricket club, Raeburn Place, Edinburah.

Earlier, the captain of Pakistan, Misbah-ul-Haq, won the toss and opted to bat first. Imran Farhat and Nasir Jamshed started off on a positive note while scoring 44 runs in the initial 10 overs. The first hit 5 fours and Nasir Jamshed got two but was gone in the next over for 20. Mohammad Hafeez tried to spend the time at the crease and Imran Farhat also slowed down a bit in the following overs. The second wicket fell at 80 in 20 overs when Mohammad Hafeez departed after scoring 18 runs as the middle order batsmen were unable to stay at the wicket. Imran Farhat became the fourth victim at 100 and Umar Amin surrendered for just three runs.

Misbah-ul-Haq - Led from the front with unbeaten 83 runs

Misbah-ul-Haq – Led from the front with unbeaten 83 runs

Misbah-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal tried to stabilise the innings and crept to 144 as the latter was declared leg before wicket off Neil Carter for 12. Saeed Ajmal walked in next and hit 3 fours in the following overs as Misbah-ul-Haq attained his 23rd ODI fifty in the 45th over. The seventh wicket partnership took the score to 195 as Saeed Ajmal was clean bowled by Iain Wardlaw for 28 runs. Misbah-ul-Haq changed his gears after that and added 19 runs in the last two overs with 2 grand sixes and 1 four. He remained unbeaten for 83 off just 80 balls with 2 sixes and 3 fours as the Green Shirts piled up 231 for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs.

The off spinner, Majid Haq, was the top wicket taker with three whereas Neil Carter, Iain Wardlaw, Rob Taylor and Matt Machan shared one wicket each.

Scotland lost their first wicket for a duck as Josh Davey joined in with his skipper, Kyle Coetzer. The batsmen kept on marching towards the target by scoring 41 runs at the end of the 10th over with 2 fours from each of them. They reached 52 in 12.2 overs when Davey went back to the dressing room for 20. Kyle Coetzer followed him 15 runs later for 32 off 60 balls with 3 fours. The green Shirts bowlers tore apart the middle order batting of the home side and their fifth wicket went down at 88 in 27.5 overs.

Preston Mommsen and Richie Berrington got together and tried to force the pace but remained unimpressive and lost their wickets for 15 and 10 runs respectively. Rob Taylor was the only batsman who tasted the double figures by scoring 13 runs as the innings of Scotland was rolled back for 135 in 39.4 overs.

Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal were the chief wicket takers with three wickets each whereas Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil and Mohammad Hafeez claimed one wicket each.

Pakistan won the first One Day International by a huge margin of 96 runs and leads the two match series 1-0.

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