Afridi fires for Pakistan

All-rounder takes four wickets as Pakistan bounce back

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Afridi fires for Pakistan

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Scotland looked on for a shock win in their opening World Twenty20 match, but a Shahid Afridi-inspired fightback saw Pakistan eventually prove too strong as they won by 51 runs in Durban.

Scotland's bowlers did well to keep Pakistan down to 171-9, with Afridi adding his blistering contribution of 22 runs from just seven balls.

Fraser Watts got Scotland's response off to a good start but their innings fell apart when Afridi came on to bowl and he took four wickets to swing the match Pakistan's way, and they could eventually canter over the line to win by 51 runs.

After winning the toss Scotland bowled well and their more illustrious opponents looked rusty early on as wickets tumbled with alarming frequency.

Both openers failed to fire and Mohammad Hafeez fell to a smart caught-and bowled from tall paceman Chris Wright before skipper Shoaib Malik was stumped to leave Pakistan floundering on 81-4.

Afridi assault

That brought Afridi in at number six and the man nicknamed 'Boom Boom' showed exactly why as he weighed up his options for all of a few seconds before launching his first ball out of the ground for six.

Afridi hit 22 runs off just seven deliveries in his short but explosive stay at the crease, and it gave the innings the boost it needed for Misbah-ul-Haq (23) and Yasir Arafat (17) to drag Pakistan up to 171-9 from their 20 overs.

Wright was the pick of Scotland's bowlers with 3-29, while John Blain and Dewald Nel took two each with sound economy rates.

Scotland also started decently in their response, but the collective decision to try and attack the spinners backfired.

Afridi struck with just his second ball and he took three of the four wickets that fell for just seven runs as Scotland slipped to 60-6.

Opener Watts played well for his 46 but even he did not heed the warnings as Scotland's batsmen continually got out trying to blast their way out of trouble.

The contest was effectively over as the run rate grew to fantastical proportions, and Afridi went on to take 4-19 from his four overs of trickery.

Umar Gul returned to also take four wickets (4-25), as Pakistan sealed the win off the penultimate ball to win by 51 runs.

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