Pakistan down Scotland at U19 World Cup
Pakistan 308-7 (50 overs), Imam-ul-Haq 133, Raza 57, Shakeel 40, Sole 3 for 69, beat Scotland 162 (39.5 overs), Umeed 65, Ali 5 for 36 by 146 runs [Scorecard]
Scotland entertained Pakistan in their final ICC U19 World Cup Group A fixture in Dubai on Wednesday with the hopes of causing an upset.
After Pakistan had won the toss they wasted no time in opting to bat first at Oval 2. Scotland made an early breakthrough when Gavin Main clean bowled Sami Aslam for 3.
That was as good as it got for the young Scots as Imam ul-Haq put on a batting master class, along with able support from Hassan Raza. The pair added a 161 run partnership, before Raza was dismissed for 57, after Chris Sole took the catch from the bowling of captain McLean.
Ul-Haq continued to plunder runs and reached a deserved century, before eventually being dismissed for 133 from 157 balls, scoring 13 fours and a six.
Saud Shakeel (40) and Kamran Ghulam (34) continued to build on the early momentum, and although Chris Sole claimed 3/69, the Scots found it tough going as Pakistan finished on 308/7.
Andrew Umeed again proved the pick of the Scottish batsmen with 65 runs from 100 balls, which included 5 fours.
Unfortunately for Scotland the wickets kept on falling with McLean, Zander Muir, Nick Farrar and Michael English all going for single figures, which made partnerships hard to develop.
Some resistance against the Pakistan bowlers was shown by Kyle Stirling and Alex Baum, who both scored 26, but Scotland could never get close to the target, bowled all out for 162, giving Pakistan the win by 146 runs.
Coach Craig Wright said at the conclusion of the match, “We started extremely well with the ball but couldn’t maintain the early pressure as our bowling and fielding discipline was not as it was has been in the previous games. This allowed Pakistan to capitalise in the last 10 overs with wickets in hand.
We batted well in periods against another spin dominated attack, but we couldn’t maintain an appropriate tempo or develop partnerships for long enough to get into a position to have a crack at such a large total.”
Scotland will now play the UAE on Sunday in the Plate Quarter Final at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.