Canada fast bowler Khurram Chohan took 6-37 as Scotland was bowled out for 185 as 17 wickets fell on the opening day of the four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup 2009-10 match at the Mannofield Park, Aberdeen on Thursday
The 29-year-old paceman bowled with fire and venom to destroy Scotland's middle and lower middle-order which had collapsed to 102-8 after electing to bat first. At this stage, newly-appointed captain Gordon Drummond and wicketkeeper Simon Smith put on 83 runs for the ninth wicket to save Scotland's blushes.
Drummond struck six fours in a well played 52 that came off 92 balls while Smith's 29 came off 99 balls and included four fours. Ryan Watson (37), Fraser Watts (21) and Majid Haq (16) were the other batsmen to reach double figures.
However, Scotland fought back gallantly to leave Canada tottering at 108-7 with Calum MacLeod, debutant Jan Stander and Drummond sharing two wickets apiece.
For Canada, Rizwan Cheema, playing in his first first-class match, was trying to hold the fort together as he was batting on a rapid 21 that has come off 13 balls and includes three fours and a six. With him was captain Umar Bhatti on five.
The day, however, belonged to chohan who was playing his seventh first-class match. The tall pacer, who has represented Pakistan U/19 and made his first-class cricket debut in Pakistan in 2004-05, was introduced into the attack as the first-change bowler after Bhatti and Henry Osinde had remained both the openers to reduce Scotland to 44-2.
Chohan made full use of the bowlers' friendly conditions and bowled intelligently by maintaining a nagging line and length. It was Chohan's brilliance that spoiled Scotland's lunch which it took at 88-6.
Chohan got into his acts when he sent Richie Berrington's stumps on a walk to leave Scotland in trouble at 55-3 which soon became 73-4 when Osinde claimed his second wicket by showing Watson the way to the pavilion by having the former captain caught at the wickets.
Chohan's others scalps included Neil McCallum, who was smartly caught in the second slip by Qaiser Ali, debutants Ewan Chalmers, who was caught by wicketkeeper Ashif Mulla, and Stander, who was trapped in front of the wickets, Majid Haq, who was again caught fishing outside the off-stump, Drummond, who was well caught by Geoff Barnett, and last-man MacLeod who was pinned in front of the sticks.
Scores in brief:
Scotland (1st innings) 185 (Gordon Drummond 52, Ryan Watson 37, Simon Smith 29 not out, Fraser Watts 21; Khurram Chohan 6-37, Henry Osinde 2-63)
Canada (1st innings) 108-7 (Rizwan Cheema 21 not out; Calum MacLeod 2-49, debutant Jan Stander 2-27, Gordon Drummond 2-22)