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Scotland bow to Pakistan pressure

Four wickets each for Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul helped Pakistan to a comfortable 51-run win over Scotland in their World Twenty20 match in Durban.

The Scots performed well in the field to restrict Pakistan to 171 for nine from their 20 overs at Durban but the target proved beyond them.

Opener Fraser Watts hit an excellent 46 but a middle-order collapse, in which Shahid Afridi claimed four quick wickets, undermined their efforts.

Afridi finished with four for 19 while paceman Umar Gul took four for 25 including the wickets of Craig Wright and John Blain in successive balls.

Watts gave Scotland hope but he could not establish a significant partnership as the quality of Pakistan's attack shone through.

Gul removed captain Ryan Watson and Navdeep Poonia early on and when former England all-rounder Gavin Hamilton swept Afridi into Gul's hands in the deep, the Scots began to fold.

They slumped from 53 for three to 79 for seven in the space of four overs before Gul returned late on to bowl Wright and Blain and put Pakistan on the brink.

They were eventually finished off for 120 in the final over as Mohammad Asif bowled Majid Haq for 14.

Earlier, Younis Khan top-scored for Pakistan with 41 but the Scots applied pressure and took wickets at regular intervals to keep themselves in the game.

Wright shone with three wickets for 29 from his four overs, including that of dangerman Afridi.

Afridi came to the wicket with Pakistan limping at 81 for four in the 13th over and threatened to change the course of the innings as he slog-swept his first ball for six.

That over from Haq - which had begun with the wicket of captain Shoaib Malik - went for 23 with Afridi responsible for all but four of them.

But Afridi, having scored 22 from just six balls, was not to last long as he tamely clipped his next delivery to Haq at short fine leg.

Haq followed up to remove Younis soon after to leave Pakistan 116 for six.

Off-spinner Haq was the most expensive of the Scottish bowlers as he conceded 49 from his four overs but he cannily had Shoaib stumped by Colin Smith and then had Younis hole out to Watts.

Misbah-ul-Haq added 23 to get Pakistan up towards a more testing total.

Dewald Nel took two wickets late on to finish with two for 25 and bowled Yasir Arafat for 17 with the last ball of the innings.

Arafat had been caught the ball previously by

Hamilton but the all-rounder could not prevent himself from stepping over the boundary rope.

source - bbc.co.uk
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