After having hard time against South Africa, Pakistan are now heading Scotland for 2 ODIs prior to the Champions Trophy. The 2nd ODI will be played on the 19th of the month at Edinburgh. Both the sides will be well versed of each other after facing each other in 1st ODI. So, this will be a real tester for them and especially for Scotland as they are the weaker of the two sides.
Both the sides would look to play at their strength and outsmart the other. Pakistan are always known for their bowling and they have a strong bowling unit that can destroy even the strongest batting lines of the World on their day. On the other hand Scotland are good with their batting having some big hitter, some steady scorers and some consolidators in their batting line. So, it is going to be a great battle between the bat and ball.
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Pakistan’s pace attack features mainstream bowlers like Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan who have been performing wonderfully since the series against India. Irfan alone took 11 wickets in just 4 matches against a side like South Africa with the best bowling figures of 4 for 33 at an economy rate of 4.71. The new inclusion Wahab Riaz proved to be expensive and quite unimpressive against South Africa but he has a great chance to get back on track and perform well in the 2nd ODI against Scotland and get prepared for the big one starting from the 6th of June. It’s also high time to try the young talent and give chance to either of Ehsan Adil or Asad Ali who are being carried with the side for last couple of tours.
With the bat, Pakistan would look to depend on their strong middle order that features players like classy Asad Shafiq, calm Misbah-ul-Haq, high-spirited Shoaib Malik and firing Kamran Akmal. Umar Amin may also get a chance in the middle order as he joins the team again after he played his last ODI in June 2010. It’s great time for the think tank to get the best out of this young talent who has been performing consistently well at the domestic level.
Scotland, as mentioned earlier, are more dependent on their batting line. If they manage to put a big score on the board then there are chances that we may get to see an upset in the 2nd ODI. Right handed Richie Berrington has all the talent to fire with the bat against any side of the world. With the highest of 84, he has scored 449 runs in 23 ODIs that he has played for Scotland. Another promising prospect for Scotland is Kyle Coetzer. He has scored at an average of 49.45 since he has made his debut against England in August 2008. He registered his highest ODI score of 133 against Afghanistan in March this year. Matt Manchan who is quite new to the side and has just played 2 ODIs has also seemed impressive as well.
In the bowling department, young Wardlaw seems to have all the guts to excel in the field. He has also been a new inclusion to the side but his run against Afghanistan, in March, was quite impressive where he took a total of 7 wickets in 2 ODIs and 2 T20s. The experience of Majid Haq can be crucial for his side as he can be one of the wicket taking options for the captain as well in the 2nd ODI against Pakistan.