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Misbah’s 83 helps Pakistan beat Scotland by 96 runs

Pakistan make most of the warm-up game ahead of the Champions Trophy in June

Misbah’s 83 helps Pakistan beat Scotland by 96 runs - Cricket News
Misbah-ul-Haq of Pakistan bats.
Pakistan scored a clinical 96-run victory over Scotland in the One-day International in Edinburgh on Friday (May 17) despite Majid Haq’s spirited bowling effort for Scotland.    
The Scotland spinner Haq dismissed three Pakistan batsmen but it was not enough as Pakistan made short work of the Scottish batsmen after wining the toss and posting 231 for 7 before bowling out Scotland for just 135.  

Pakistan was using the fixture as a warm-up for its Champions Trophy campaign, which begins against the West Indies at the Oval in London on June 7.  

Pakistan made the most of some useful batting pratice as captain Misbah-ul-Haq top-scored with 83 not out, while opener Imran Farhat made 49 and Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan both took three wickets.  

Nasir Jamshed went for 20 before Haq claimed his first wicket of the day when Josh Davey caught Mohammad Hafeez at backward point.  

Farhat moved to the brink of a half-century, only to be bowled by spinner Matt Machan, when he miscued an attempted slog. Haq claimed the wickets of Asad Shafiq for seven and Umar Amin for three, before Kamran Akmal fell lbw to Neil Carter for 12.  

Misbah and Ajmal steadied the boat with a 51-run partnership for the seventh wicket, but the latter fell for 28 when he misjudged a scoop shot off Iain Wardlaw and the ball skidded into his stumps.  

The match had been Northamptonshire batsman Kyle Coetzer's first as Scotland skipper after he was named Gordon Drummond's replacement earlier this week. And he led by example as he top scored for the home side with 32.  

But in the end it proved to be a simple job for Pakistan to rattle through Scotland's lower order, with Rob Taylor falling at the death as Ajmal claimed another lbw.  

The teams will meet again in the second leg of its One-Day International double-header on Sunday (May 19).

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