Sharjah: Pakistan’s opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq lived up to the reputation of being the nephew of former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq through a sparkling innings of 133 to steer his country to a comfortable 146-run victory over Scotland in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup at the ICC Academy Oval ground.
Pakistan will meet Sri Lanka in the quarterfinal at Sharjah on February 22 while India will meet England in another quarterfinal at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on the same day.
Haq’s knock came off just 137 balls with 13 boundaries and one six. With Hasan Raza (57), he put on a 161-run partnership for the second wicket to set the base for a huge total of 308 for seven in 50 overs. Shaud Shakeel hit 40 runs and Kamran Ghulam scored 34 runs.
Scotland, in reply, were bowled out for 162 with leg spinner Karamat Ali bagging five wickets for 36 runs.
Scotland tasted an early success when Gavin Main scalped Pakistan’s in-form batsman and skipper Sami Aslam for three. The Pakistan batsmen then thrashed the rival attack, as Chris Sole stood out among the bowlers with three wickets for 69 runs.
Chasing a run-rate of 6.16 runs per over, Scotland lost opener Ross McLeans and Zander Muir cheaply. Karamat Ali kept picking up wickets with his leg spin, removing Muir, Nick Farrar and Michael English in quick succession to push Scotland to 64 for four. Kyle Stirling (26) and Alex Baum (26) steered Scotland past the 100-run mark with a 42-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Brief scores: Pakistan bt Scotland by 146 runs. Pakistan 308 for 7 in 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 133, Hasan Raza 57, Shaud Shakeel 40, Kamran Ghulam 34, Chris Sole 3 for 69, Gavin Main 2 for 89) Scotland 162 in 39.5 overs (Andrew Umeed 65, Kyle Striling 26, Alex Baum 26, Karamat Ali 5 for 36, Amad Butt 2 for 22) Player of the match: Imam-ul-Haq.