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Pakistan starts U19 World Cup campaign with an easy 7 wicket win over Scotland

Mohammad Waseem and Tahir Hussain skittled Scotland U19 to set up an easy 7 wicket win for Pakistan U19 in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 at the North West University Oval, Potchefstroom on Sunday.

Fast bowlers Mohammad Waseem and Tahir Hussain blew Scotland U19 away as Pakistan U19 got off to the perfect start in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 with a seven-wicket win at the North West University Oval, Potchefstroom on Sunday. 

Scotland lost both their openers in the first over of the match after deciding to bat first as Tahir Hussain, playing his first match for Pakistan, sent the stumps of Angus Guy and Ben Davidson flying. 

Tahir then added the wicket of Scotland's top scorer, Tomas Mackintosh, who top-scored for Scotland with 20 runs.

Waseem then joined the party as the right-arm pacer removed Jasper Davidson, making full use of the opportunity provided.

Abbas Afridi took two quick wickets before Waseem polished off the tail taking the last four wickets as Scotland were sent packing for 75 in 23.5 overs.

Waseem finished with five wickets for mere 12 runs in 7.5 overs. Tahir took three for 23 in nine overs, while Abbas took two for 32 in six overs. 

It took only 11.4 overs for Pakistan to chase down the target.

Their run-chase was off to a shaky start as openers Haider Ali (four) and Mohammad Shehzad (0) were back in the pavilion in the first eight balls.

Captain Rohail Nazir and Irfan Khan weathered the storm with a 47-run stand for the second-wicket.

Rohail scored 27 off 23 balls, which included two fours a six, while Irfan returned not out with 38 runs to his name. The right-handed batsman faced 37 balls, of which six were dispatched for fours.

Pakistan take on Zimbabwe U19 in their second group match on 22 January.

Scores in brief:

Scotland U19 75 all out, 23.5 overs (Uzzair Shah 20, Tomas Mackintosh 17; Mohammad Waseem 5-12, Tahir Hussain 3-23, Abbas Afridi 2-32)

Pakistan U19 77-3, 11.4 overs (Irfan Khan 38 not out, Rohail Nazir 27)

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