ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 3rd match, Group D

Pakistan v Scotland

Pakistan won by 51 runs

Thanks George. Welcome back. This should be an interesting chase as Scotland will be expected to carry forward that confidence into their batting. One thing's for sure. Mohammad Asif and gang aren't going to make things any easier for them.

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0.1

Mohammad Asif to Watts, 1 run

0.2

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, pitched on off stump, no room to cut, Watson chops it down off the inner edge of the bat

Asif runs in, stops short as Watson gets distracted, he has to walk back

0.3

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 1 run, close! inside edge onto his pads, just misses the off stump, Watson hesitates and sets off, reaches his crease after the throw hits the stumps at the non-strikers end

0.4

Mohammad Asif to Watts, no run, fullish outside off, driven confidently towards extra cover, a good sliding stop cuts off a couple of runs

0.5

Mohammad Asif to Watts, no run, outside off and glided past gully with an open face

0.6

Mohammad Asif to Watts, FOUR, oustide off and a thickish outside edge beats first slip who dives in vain to his right, the ball races away to third man, Scotland are underway, that should ease the nerves

End of over 1 (6 runs) Scotland 6/0 (166 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.73)
DF Watts    5* (4b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-6-0
RR Watson    1* (2b)     

1.1

Umar Gul to Watson, 1 run, short of a length, Watson picks the length and pulls, doesnt quite time it as well, mid-on runs across and cuts it off

1.2

Umar Gul to Watts, no run, fuller in length and on off stump, no room to cut as Watts dabs it back to Gul

1.3

Umar Gul to Watts, no run, watts backs away, has a wild swish at it, misses it completely

1.4

Umar Gul to Watts, 1 wide, Gul thuds this in short and at a lively pace, Watts ducks and the ball rose too high, high enough for the umpire to signal a wide

1.4

Umar Gul to Watts, no run, fullish outside off, neat square drive off the front foot finds the fielder at point

1.5

Umar Gul to Watts, 1 run, good length on middle, fended to the on side

1.6

Umar Gul to Watson, OUT, and Gul strikes early! outside off, Watson backs away trying to cut over point, doesnt get the elevation and Hafeez at point gets forward and pulls off a neat catch

RR Watson c Mohammad Hafeez b Umar Gul 2 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 2 (3 runs) Scotland 9/1 (163 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 9.05)
     Umar Gul    1-0-3-1
DF Watts    6* (8b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-6-0

2.1

Mohammad Asif to Watts, no run, good length on off, no swing, driven to short cover

2.2

Mohammad Asif to Watts, FOUR, misfield: flicked down the leg side, Gul at short fine leg was really lazy in getting to it as the ball beats him to his left, sloppy stuff

2.3

Mohammad Asif to Watts, no run, good length on off stump, driven to mid-on

2.4

Mohammad Asif to Watts, FOUR, short of a length, Watts picks the line and length early and pulls, beats the fielder at deep square leg who dives in despair

2.5

Mohammad Asif to Watts, no run, outside off, no swing yet for Asif, punched to point

2.6

Mohammad Asif to Watts, no run, fuller in length and around off stump, pushed hard off the frontfoot to short cover

End of over 3 (8 runs) Scotland 17/1 (155 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 9.11)
DF Watts    14* (14b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-14-0
NS Poonia    0* (0b)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-1

3.1

Umar Gul to Poonia, no run, good teasing line outside off, pitched up and Poonia nearly gets the edge on the frontfoot drive, beats him

3.2

Umar Gul to Poonia, 1 run, dug in a little short outside off, Poonia fends it off the backfoot to third man rather uncomfortably

3.3

Umar Gul to Watts, (no ball) FOUR, Watts steps down and gets an under edge past short fine leg, free hit for Scotland

3.3

Umar Gul to Watts, FOUR, Free Hit and Watts makes the most of it! full and in the slot to be hit down the ground, Watts steps forward and spanks it past mod-on

3.4

Umar Gul to Watts, 1 run, outside off and glanced with an open face to the deep on the off side

3.5

Umar Gul to Poonia, 1 run, outside off, Poonia opens the face and sort of scoops it to third man, premeditated stroke

3.6

Umar Gul to Watts, no run, beaten, outside off and Watts tries to dab it down to third man, misses

End of over 4 (12 runs) Scotland 29/1 (143 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 8.93)
DF Watts    23* (18b 5x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-15-1
NS Poonia    2* (3b)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-14-0

4.1

Mohammad Asif to Poonia, 1 run, played down with soft hands, the ball nearly rolls to the stumps, cheeky single taken, Asif charges down but the batsman beats him to the crease

4.2

Mohammad Asif to Watts, 1 run, short, attempted pull, mistimed as the ball gets the under half of the bat and rolls to short fine leg

4.3

Mohammad Asif to Poonia, 1 run, outside off, backed away to the leg stump, the ball flies off the top edge and goes one bounce to third man

4.4

Mohammad Asif to Watts, FOUR, short and pulled! Watts reads Asif's mind almost, swivels and finds the gap at square leg perfectly

4.5

Mohammad Asif to Watts, no run, lapse in concentration as Watts goes for a wild slog, misses it completely

4.6

Mohammad Asif to Watts, 1 run, slower ball and short of a length, allows Watts to scoop it comfortably to third man

End of over 5 (8 runs) Scotland 37/1 (135 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.40, RRR: 9.00)
DF Watts    29* (22b 6x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-22-0
NS Poonia    4* (5b)      Umar Gul    2-0-15-1

5.1

Umar Gul to Watts, 1 run, outside off and nudged away with ease to third man, Watts doing this easily

5.2

Umar Gul to Poonia, OUT, Poonia loses patience and gets trapped with a yorker, Gul lands it on the base of middle and leg, Poonia backs away and exposes all his stumps, the bails come off

NS Poonia b Umar Gul 4 (14m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Gavin Hamilton walks in

5.3

Umar Gul to Hamilton, no run, beaten outside off

5.4

Umar Gul to Hamilton, 1 run, over the wicket to the left hander, Hamilton nudges it to the on side, sets off quickly, just about scampers to the other end, the throw is wide

5.5

Umar Gul to Watts, no run, Watts loses patience, backs away to the leg side, Gul follows him and lands it wide outside off

5.6

Umar Gul to Watts, 1 run, backs away and this time he pushes it to the on side

End of over 6 (3 runs) Scotland 40/2 (132 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 9.42)
DF Watts    31* (25b 6x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-18-2
GM Hamilton    1* (2b)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-22-0

6.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Watts, no run, pushed to mid-on

6.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Watts, 1 run

6.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Hamilton, 1 wide, round the wicket, stops at his delivery stride, slips it wide outside off, Hamilton attempts a sweep but changes his mind

6.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Hamilton, 1 run, reverse sweep,. didnt quite execute it well enough, plays it softly to short third man

6.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Watts, FOUR, tossed on leg, swung across the line to deep midwicket, the ball was in the air for a while and that got everyone excited

6.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Watts, FOUR, full toss, Watts gets down on his knees and scoops it on the full over short fine-leg

6.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Watts, 1 run

End of over 7 (12 runs) Scotland 52/2 (120 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.42, RRR: 9.23)
DF Watts    41* (30b 8x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-12-0
GM Hamilton    2* (3b)      Umar Gul    3-0-18-2

7.1

Shahid Afridi to Watts, 1 leg bye, nudged away to the on side

7.2

Shahid Afridi to Hamilton, OUT, pushed it flat on leg stump, Hamilton goes for the slog over midwicket, doesn't get the timing or elevation as the ball goers down the throat of Gul

GM Hamilton c Umar Gul b Shahid Afridi 2 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

7.3

Shahid Afridi to Watts, 1 run

7.4

Shahid Afridi to McCallum, no run, dabbed to gully with an open face

7.5

Shahid Afridi to McCallum, OUT, that's two for the over! McCallum goes for an ugly hoick, doesnt meet the pitch of the ball as the ball gets the top edge, Asif at long leg takes it comfortably

NFI McCallum c Mohammad Asif b Shahid Afridi 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

7.6

Shahid Afridi to Watts, no run

End of over 8 (2 runs) Scotland 54/4 (118 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 9.83)
DF Watts    42* (33b 8x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-1-2
DR Brown    0* (0b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-12-0

8.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Brown, no run, outside edge to short third man, they set off for a run, sent back

8.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Brown, 1 leg bye

8.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Watts, FOUR, steps down the ground and just beats long-on

8.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Watts, OUT, Watts steps down and tries another big hit, the ball gets the top edge and Nazir takes it comfortably at short third-man

DF Watts c Imran Nazir b Mohammad Hafeez 46 (36m 35b 9x4 0x6) SR: 131.42

8.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Brown, no run

8.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Brown, 1 run

End of over 9 (6 runs) Scotland 60/5 (112 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 10.18)
DR Brown    1* (4b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-17-1
CJO Smith    0* (0b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-1-2

9.1

Shahid Afridi to Brown, OUT, steps down and doesnt get the elevation, rush of blood for Brown, long-on takes the catch

DR Brown c Imran Nazir b Shahid Afridi 1 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

9.2

Shahid Afridi to Smith, no run

9.3

Shahid Afridi to Smith, 1 run, fended to the on side

9.4

Shahid Afridi to Haq, 4 leg byes, sliding down leg, flicked off the pads to fine leg boundary

9.5

Shahid Afridi to Haq, 1 leg bye

9.6

Shahid Afridi to Smith, FOUR

End of over 10 (10 runs) Scotland 70/6 (102 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 10.20)
CJO Smith    5* (3b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-6-3
RM Haq    0* (2b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-17-1

10.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Haq, no run, bowled full and quick, angling into the left-hander's pads, Haq tries to drive but doesn't make contact

10.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Haq, no run, driven back to the bowler on the front foot

10.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Haq, 1 run, played through cover point for a single

10.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Smith, 1 run, Smith gets down on one knee and pulls Hafeez behind square

10.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Haq, no run, bowled full and quick on off stump, defended back to the bowler

10.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Haq, no run, beaten outside the off stump, that one nearly bowled him

End of over 11 (2 runs) Scotland 72/6 (100 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.54, RRR: 11.11)
RM Haq    1* (7b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-19-1
CJO Smith    6* (4b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-6-3

11.1

Shahid Afridi to Smith, FOUR, Smith moves towards the off side and sweeps past the wicketkeeper to the fine leg boundary

11.2

Shahid Afridi to Smith, 1 run, cut towards backward point where an athletic effort saves runs

11.3

Shahid Afridi to Haq, 1 wide, drifts down leg side, wide called

11.3

Shahid Afridi to Haq, 1 run, played off the pads towards midwicket

11.4

Shahid Afridi to Smith, OUT, Afridi gets his fourth! That was bowled quick on middle stump, Smith moved back and tried to play a reverse sweep, the ball hurried on to him and he scooped a comfortable catch to short fine third man

CJO Smith c Yasir Arafat b Shahid Afridi 11 (8m 7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 157.14

11.5

Shahid Afridi to Wright, no run

11.6

Shahid Afridi to Wright, 1 run, defended towards mid-on off the front foot

End of over 12 (8 runs) Scotland 80/7 (92 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 11.50)
CM Wright    1* (2b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-14-4
RM Haq    2* (8b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-19-1

12.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Wright, 1 run, pushed down the ground for another single

12.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Haq, 1 run, pulled through square leg for one more, Scotland need more than this

12.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Wright, 1 run, driven off the front foot through midwicket for a single

12.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Haq, no run, bowled flat and straight, angling into the left-hander from round the wicket, Haq defends back to the bowler

12.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Haq, 1 run, cut off the back foot to Umar Gul in the deep

12.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Wright, 1 run, hit uppishly towards midwicket for another single

End of over 13 (5 runs) Scotland 85/7 (87 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.53, RRR: 12.42)
CM Wright    4* (5b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-24-1
RM Haq    4* (11b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-14-4

Arafat replaces Afridi.

13.1

Yasir Arafat to Wright, 1 run, bowled full on off and middle stump, Wright backs away and drives to mid-off for a single

13.2

Yasir Arafat to Haq, 1 run, cut through point off the back foot for one more

13.3

Yasir Arafat to Wright, no run, bowled short on middle stump, that one skidded through on Wright who was beaten on the pull

13.4

Yasir Arafat to Wright, 2 runs, this time he connects with the pull and gets two more to deep midwicket

13.5

Yasir Arafat to Wright, 1 run, Wright backs away and drives a full ball towards mid-off where Afridi runs across and dives to make an excellent save

13.6

Yasir Arafat to Haq, 1 run, flicked off the pads towards midwicket

End of over 14 (6 runs) Scotland 91/7 (81 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 13.50)
RM Haq    6* (13b)      Yasir Arafat    1-0-6-0
CM Wright    8* (9b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-24-1

14.1

Shahid Afridi to Haq, 1 wide, Afridi strays down leg side, wide called by umpire Taufel

14.1

Shahid Afridi to Haq, 1 run, swept towards deep backward square leg for a single

14.2

Shahid Afridi to Wright, 1 run, driven uppishly towards Shoaib Malik who is standing right back on the circle at cover, the batsmen steal the single

14.3

Shahid Afridi to Haq, 1 run, played through point for a single

14.4

Shahid Afridi to Wright, no run, bowled quick and flat outside off stump, Wright tries to cut but gets beaten

14.5

Shahid Afridi to Wright, 1 run, driven through midwicket for a single

Shahid Afridi is the fifth bowler to take four wickets in Twenty20 after Michael Kasprowicz, Jon Lewis, Paul Collingwood and Mark Gillespie

14.6

Shahid Afridi to Haq, no run, Haq tries to cut through point but Afridi is too quick for him, the ball skids and speeds past the bat

End of over 15 (5 runs) Scotland 96/7 (76 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.40, RRR: 15.20)
RM Haq    8* (16b)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-19-4
CM Wright    10* (12b)      Yasir Arafat    1-0-6-0

15.1

Yasir Arafat to Wright, no run, Arafat bowls a slower one outside off stump, Wright backs away and tries to hit through the off side but gets beaten by the change in pace

15.2

Yasir Arafat to Wright, no run, Wright backs away once again and gets beaten as he tries to hammer it through the off side

15.3

Yasir Arafat to Wright, 1 run, driven on the front foot through cover for a single

15.4

Yasir Arafat to Haq, no run, cut hard into the ground towards Malik at point

15.5

Yasir Arafat to Haq, 1 run, slower ball on leg stump, flicked off the pads behind square leg for a single

15.6

Yasir Arafat to Wright, 1 run, too wide outside the off stump, driven off the back foot through cover

End of over 16 (3 runs) Scotland 99/7 (73 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.18, RRR: 18.25)
CM Wright    12* (16b)      Yasir Arafat    2-0-9-0
RM Haq    9* (18b)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-19-4

The equation has got out of hand for Scotland. They need 73 runs off the last four overs.

16.1

Umar Gul to Wright, 1 wide, Gul returns and begins with a wide outside the off stump

16.1

Umar Gul to Wright, 2 runs, Wright backs away to make room and lofts Gul with a flat bat over cover

16.2

Umar Gul to Wright, OUT, full and straight on middle stump, Wright backs away once again and tries to slog it through the off side, the length is much too full for that shot and the ball crashes into middle stump

CM Wright b Umar Gul 14 (14m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

16.3

Umar Gul to Blain, OUT, outstanding yorker, it's too full and fast for the No 10 and Blain was several moments too late with his defense and Gul hits his middle stump

JAR Blain b Umar Gul 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

16.4

Umar Gul to Nel, 1 run, Gul's hat-trick ball it too wide outside off stump, Nel scoops it in the air behind point for a single

16.5

Umar Gul to Haq, 1 run, another yorker sears into the block hole, Haq manages to dig it out to fine leg

16.6

Umar Gul to Nel, 2 runs, Gul was searching for the yorker once more, he over-pitches on leg stump and Nel drives the ball between mid-on and midwicket

End of over 17 (7 runs) Scotland 106/9 (66 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.23, RRR: 22.00)
JD Nel    3* (2b)      Umar Gul    4-0-25-4
RM Haq    10* (19b)      Yasir Arafat    2-0-9-0

17.1

Yasir Arafat to Haq, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

17.2

Yasir Arafat to Haq, no run, the slower ball outside off stump, Haq was too early on the cut and got beaten

17.3

Yasir Arafat to Haq, no run, Haq tries to cut but gets beaten once again because of the lack of footwork

17.4

Yasir Arafat to Haq, no run, a slow full toss outside off stump has Haq completely foxed

17.5

Yasir Arafat to Haq, 1 run, cut in the air down to third man for a single, Asif runs around from third man and does the fielding

17.6

Yasir Arafat to Nel, FOUR, Nel makes room and lofts down to long-on where Nazir mis-fields to allow the boundary

End of over 18 (5 runs) Scotland 111/9 (61 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.16, RRR: 30.50)
JD Nel    7* (3b 1x4)      Yasir Arafat    3-0-14-0
RM Haq    11* (24b)      Umar Gul    4-0-25-4

Malik comes into the attack.

18.1

Shoaib Malik to Haq, no run, tossed up on off stump, driven on the front foot towards point

18.2

Shoaib Malik to Haq, no run, Haq tries to cut but gets beaten by the turn

18.3

Shoaib Malik to Haq, 1 run, swept towards deep square leg for a single

18.4

Shoaib Malik to Nel, 1 run, pushed off the pads through square leg for one more

18.5

Shoaib Malik to Haq, 1 run, Malik tosses it up outside leg stump, Haq backs away and cuts through covers for a single

18.6

Shoaib Malik to Nel, no run, Nel tries to flick through midwicket but gets hit on the pad

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End of over 19 (3 runs) Scotland 114/9 (58 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 58.00)
JD Nel    8* (5b 1x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-3-0
RM Haq    13* (28b)      Yasir Arafat    3-0-14-0

Last over coming up. Asif will bowl it.

19.1

Mohammad Asif to Haq, 1 run, bowled short on middle and leg stump, Haq pulls to deep midwicket

19.2

Mohammad Asif to Nel, FOUR, full toss outside the off stump, Nel backs away and hits the ball through cover, Gul lets the ball go through his legs for four

19.3

Mohammad Asif to Nel, 1 run, Nel backs away and plays the ball towards cover point

19.4

Mohammad Asif to Haq, no run, Asif bowls a slower ball in the blockhole outside off stump, Haq tries to run it down to third man but is beaten by the change in pace

19.5

Mohammad Asif to Haq, OUT, Asif ends the match with a fast yorker on leg stump, Haq tries to swing it through the leg side, he misses and hears his stumps get rattled

RM Haq b Mohammad Asif 14 (34m 31b 0x4 0x6) SR: 45.16

Pakistan have wrapped up a comfortable 51-run victory. Afridi has been the star, scoring 22 off seven balls and taking 4 for 19 as Pakistan dismissed Scotland for 120. No surprise then that he's been adjudged the Man of the Match. Umar Gul also took four wickets in a disciplined bowling performance.

We've got one more game coming up. Australia are taking on Zimbabwe in Cape Town and that game begins at 6.00 pm.

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Sep 12, 2007

Dewald Nel celebrates the wicket of Yasir Arafat, Pakistan v Scotland, Group D, ICC World Twenty20, Durban, September 12, 2007

Dewald Nel celebrates the wicket of Yasir Arafat

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Sep 12, 2007

Umar Gul picked up a four-for, Pakistan v Scotland, Group D, ICC World Twenty20, Durban, September 12, 2007

Umar Gul picked up a four-for

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