Scotland today (19th January) suffered a 7-wicket defeat at the hands of Pakistan in Potchefstroom to open their Cricket World Cup fixture with defeat.
With Scotland winning the toss and opting to bat first, Pakistan bowled the Scots out for 75 in the 24th over before chasing down the total with seven wickets and 38 overs remaining.
Tahir Hussain struck twice in the first over to bowl both captain Angus Guy and Ben Davidson for 0 before Tom Mackintosh (17) and Uzzair Shah (20) became the only batsmen to reach double figures – Pakistan’s Muhammad Waseem claiming 5/12 to shock the young Scots into a score of 75 all out.
With the ball, Scotland dealt an early scare as Liam Naylor (1/12) and Charlie Peet (1/17) struck in successive overs to put Pakistan 4/2 in chase of 76 runs.
Composure from captain Rohail Nazir (27) and Muhammad Irfan Khan (38*) got Pakistan back on track, before a late scalp from Kess Sajjad (1/15) sent the former back and bring Qasim Akram to the crease to strike a boundary in the 12th over and secure the victory for Pakistan.
Scotland return to action on Tuesday 21st January to face Bangladesh.