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January 20, 2020

Pakistan quicks demolish Scotland in Under-19 World Cup

Sports

January 20, 2020

LAHORE: Fast bowlers Mohammad Waseem and Tahir Hussain blew away Scotland as Pakistan got off to the perfect start in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020 with a seven-wicket win at the North West University Oval, Potchefstroom on Sunday.

Scotland, who won the toss and opted to bat first, lost both openers in the first over of the match as Tahir, playing his first match for Pakistan, sent the stumps of Angus Guy and Ben Davidson flying.

Tahir then added the wicket of Tomas Mackintosh, who top-scored for Scotland with 20 runs, to his tally.

Waseem, who had replaced Naseem Shah in the squad, took over from there. The right-arm pacer’s first wicket was of Jasper Davidson as he made full use of the opportunity with a probing spell of pace bowling.

Abbas Afridi took two quick wickets before Waseem polished off the tail by capturing the last four wickets as Scotland were sent packing for 75 in 23.5 overs.

Waseem nabbed five wickets for a mere 12 runs in 7.5 overs. Tahir claimed three for 23 in nine overs, while Abbas took two for 32 in six overs.

It took Pakistan only 11.4 overs to chase down the target. Their run-chase was off to a shaky start as openers Haider Ali (four) and Mohammad Shehzad (0) were back in the pavilion in the first eight balls.

Captain Rohail Nazir and Irfan Khan weathered the storm with a 47-run stand for the second wicket. Rohail scored 27 off 23 balls, which included two fours and a six, while Irfan returned not out with 38 runs to his name. The right-handed batsman faced 37 balls, hitting six fours. Pakistan will take on Zimbabwe in their second group match on January 22.