Scotland v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Edinburgh May 17, 2013

Misbah, bowlers set up 96-run win

The Report by Callum Stewart

Pakistan 231 for 7 (Misbah 83*, Farhat 49, Haq 3-39) beat Scotland 135 (Coetzer 32, Ajmal 3-25) by 96 runs

Pakistan began their tour of England on a good note, registering a 96-run win over Scotland in the first ODI between the two sides. In Edinburgh on Friday, Pakistan successfully defended a total of 231 for 7, as Scotland went down to the bowling of Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan.

Chasing 232, Scotland had a nervy start, losing their first wicket for no score when Neil Carter was bowled by Junaid Khan in the second over. Mohammad Irfan's pace and bounce created problems for the hosts early on, but Kyle Coetzer brought his county experience to the fore, playing shots and hitting boundaries early in the innings. Josh Davey also hit a few fours before he was smartly caught down the leg-side by Akmal. The wicket-keeper was involved again when Irfan got Coetzer caught behind, leaving Preston Mommsen and Moneeb Iqbal to rebuild.

The pressure began to show in the 28th over, when a mix-up left Iqbal stranded and he was run-out for 10 off 42 balls. The long-awaited introduction of Saeed Ajmal restricted the Scottish batsmen as they looked to push singles and hit boundaries to cope with the rising run-rate.

Scotland had one card left to play - Richie Berrington, who had scored a T20 century against Bangladesh last year, came to bat at No. 7. However, Berrington's time at the crease was short-lived as he was caught on the midwicket boundary off Ajmal for just 10. By the time Murphy arrived at the crease, the game was all but done, and Scotland needed some T20-style hitting from their last three batsmen to have any hopes of winning.

Pakistan, however, had other ideas. Ajmal had Mommsen stumped with ease off the last ball of the 36th over. Murphy was trapped leg-before by Junaid Khan off the first ball of the 37th over, and he followed it up by dismissing Majid Haq for a first-ball duck. Junaid narrowly missed out on his own hat-trick bowling to number eleven Wardlaw, who got a bottom edge playing a drive. Taylor hit a few boundaries before Ajmal finished the rout.

Earlier, the visitors won the toss and chose to bat on a decent pitch with Imran Farhat and Nasir Jamshed taking the crease. Pakistan cruised early on, playing their way in and punishing the bad balls with straight drives and pulls for early boundaries whilst looking very comfortable. Too easy in fact, as Jamshed pushed a nothing drive into the covers off a decent Rob Taylor delivery to give Preston Mommsen an easy catch at cover.

Mohammad Hafeez took his time to play himself in while Farhat went swinging from the other end. Scotland brought spin on early with new face Matt Machan, in an attempt to keep the runs down to singles rather than boundaries. Pakistan, though, had patience and backed their ability to score runs in the middle order. But Hafeez was out to an errant cut shot after smashing a boundary, and Umar Amin fell slogging for 3.

Majid Haq was brought on with his experience and took an early wicket to become Scotland's leading ODI wicket-taker, while Machan got rid of Farhat, who dragged one on. Pakistan were reduced to 117 for 5, and with runs ticking at under four an over it was left to captain Misbah-ul-Haq and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal to rebuild the innings and set a competitive total.

During the batting Powerplay, Akmal nudged the ball around gaps but played one safe shot to many, trapped in front by seamer Neil Carter. At six wickets down, Misbah had work to do with the bowlers, as Scotland looked to keep him off strike. With one wicket down and 22 runs scored, the batting Powerplay had backfired on Pakistan.

In the last 10 overs, there were too many precious dot balls for Scotland. Pakistan knew that anything around 220 would give their bowlers a good chance. There were some interesting shot-selections, as paddle scoops were attempted with varying degree of success. Misbah controlled most of the strike and reached his half-century in the 45th over. Scotland continued to rotate the bowlers which meant Pakistan couldn't establish any rhythm with their batting stuttering toward the 200 mark. Saeed Ajmal played an entertaining run-a-ball innings of 28, full of big swings and boundaries, before being clean bowled playing one paddle too many.

Misbah finished strong on an unbeaten 83. Misbah attacked Carter in the penultimate over which went for 17, but Iain Wardlaw bowled an excellent final over with four dot balls, a lucky four, and a single. Pakistan accelerated well at the end to finish on 231 for 7

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  • I on May 20, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    @Kahn_N You're forgetting that Razzaq's argument was rooted in more than a modicum of truth; he came out to bat way down the order and only got to bowl an over or two in each game. Is that's not under-utilised, then what is?

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    sorry to say, but this team looks unbalanced... if u add one bowler, the batting becomes weak, and if u add one batsman, the bowling becomes weak...there should be an allrounder at number 8 to counter this...

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    where can we see this match live?

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Pakistan should play fahrat, hafeez, jamshed, Kamran akmal, misbah, U akmal, azahar Mahmood, razzaq, ajmal, irfan, junaid khan.

  • Suraj on May 18, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Since January 2011 in ODIs: 14 Half-Centuries (11 in wins) Most Runs in Pakistani team - 1808 Runs! 15 not outs. Most sixes in the team Averaging 49. Only 14/52 innings where out for under 25 4 Man of the Match Awards. Most balls faced at the Crease. Average 55+ when the team Win.

    These are not the facts of multiple players, but one and only, King Misbah, the Mianwali Wall !!

  • Muhammad on May 18, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Yes, Pakistani battling should not have collapsed against Scotland only Misbah did some damage in terms of batting. Pakistani's need to pay attention to this issue.

  • mohammad on May 18, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    @Kahn_N. Your comment is baseless and totally wrong. Razzaque never complained for his failure, he complained for not being included or given opportunity to play when included. Just check how Wasim Akram used him vs how Afridi used him, when both were captains. And please check how many comment writers are pleading for his inclusion vs how many like you are opposing after the team was declared. In the last world cup, when he was taking wicket, Afridi replaced him with other bowler. He was the most underutilized quality all rounder and captain/selectors destroyed his career. Yes he has lost his touch to great extent, but still better than Malik in English condition.

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Well done to Misbah for playing a sensible knock, 3 days of consistent rain made outfield very slow. hitting fours was almost out of equation. Pitch was not very good for batting point of view, specially if you you know Scottish conditions. Hafeez, Farhat, Umer Amin, Asad Shafiq payed price for playing on the back foot. Pakistan were 20-30 runs short but good bowling by Junaid and Saeed made even 230 runs, look like a total of 250-260. Conditions were no way a 300 plus ones.

  • Khair ul on May 18, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    I don't know what many PAK fans have against Imran Farhat. The guy is having to do more to prove himself simply because he happens to be somebody's relative. It is not as if PAK cricket is brimming with talent in their batting. Preserving their wickets and scoring a few runs without setting the world alight has become a challenge and Farhat seems able to achieve that more than many others. Once again, he is a one of the top scorers in the innings - 2nd after Misbah, and that too batting at the top, which is a weak spot for PAK batting since ages; and he did that at a rate of more than 65% which is not bad at all. I would rather have someone who can preserve their wicket for about 10 overs and score between 60 and 70% rather than a quickfire Afridi type innings of 10-20 at the rate of 150%.

  • Naveed on May 18, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    In his last 17 games Abdul Razzaq scored only 159 runs (avg. 15.90) with only one half century and got 10 wickets. Whenever Razzaq failed he blamed captain for under-utilizing him but you need to perform yourself.