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Pakistan seals quarter-final berth in style

Imam-ul-Haq's century and Karamat Ali's five-wicket haul secure 146-run win over Scotland

Pakistan seals quarter-final berth in style - Cricket News
Opener Imam-ul-Haq scored a 137-ball 133.
Pakistan entered the quarter-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 after beating Scotland by 146 runs in a Group A fixture at the ICC Academy Ground No 2 in Dubai on Wednesday (February 19). This was Pakistan's second win of the tournament, and it finished second behind India in Group A. 
After Pakistan opted to bat, Imam-ul-Haq scored his first century in the tournament, laying the platform for the team to reach 308 for 7 in 50 overs. The total proved to be too big for Scotland, which folded for 162 in 39.5 overs.
Imam, who is the highest run-scorer in the tournament with 260 runs, shared a 161-run stand with Hasan Raza (57) for the second wicket, after captain Sami Aslam was bowled in the fourth over. Imam added 69 with Saud Shakeel (40) before he was dismissed for 133 off 137 balls off Chris Sole's bowling. His knock included 13 fours and a six.
Shakeel built on the foundation, sharing a quick-fire 44-run stand in 3.4 overs with Kamran Ghulam for the fourth wicket, before Sole picked up his second of his three wickets, dismissing Ghulam for a 16-ball 34. 
Chasing 309, Scotland lost wickets at regular intervals after captain Ross McLean was dismissed for 5 with 19 runs on the board. Karamat Ali then snared three wickets to put Scotland firmly on the back foot.
Opener Andrew Umeed top-scored with 65 but was bowled by Amad Butt, the debutant, after sharing a 30-run stand with Alex Baum for the sixth wicket. 
Ali came back to dismiss tail-enders Sole and Mark Watt to finish with 5 for 36 as Scotland was bowled out in the 40th over. His five-wicket haul was only the second in the tournament, after Deepak Hooda's against Pakistan in India's tournament opener.
Scotland registered just one win in its campaign, beating Papua New Guinea by six wickets, and finished third in its group. Pakistan will now head to Sharjah to play in its quarter-final against Sri Lanka on February 22.

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