Live Score: Pakistan vs Scotland 1st ODI Match - PAK vs SCO 2013
PAK vs SCO Live Scorecard - Pakistan vs Scotland Live Score of Pakistan tour of Scotland 2013 1st ODI Match Played at Grange Cricket Club Ground, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh on 17th May 2013.
Pakistan would be wary of inclement weather in what seems like an easy game against minnows Scotland in Edinburgh on Friday (today).
The tourists would be looking to comfortably wrap-up the pre-Champions trophy series which concludes with the second and final One-day International 2-0 on Sunday though there is a chance that wet weather can play spoilsport for them.
However, Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore was not too discouraged as Pakistan touched down in rainy Glasgow to begin their preparations for the Champions Trophy earlier this week.
“There’s a very important tournament in a few weeks’ time and this is our build-up,” Whatmore said in an interview.
“The inclement weather is part of acclimatising and we’re happy no matter what we get.”
Whatmore’s Pakistan would be playing two more ODIs against Ireland in Dublin later this month before opening their campaign in Champions Trophy against West Indies at The Oval in London on June 7.
With senior pros like Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan not included in the touring party, Pakistan would be relying on rookies lime Mohammad Irfan.
The tall pacer would be looking for a bagful of wickets against batsmen unfamiliar with his pace and height which would really set ignite his Champions Trophy aspirations.
Pakistan last visited Scotland in 2006, winning by five wickets with 37 balls to spare at The Grange in Edinburgh.
And they return to the same venue for the scheduled matches on Friday and May 19, if the Scottish rain relents.
“It’s never easy to come and play your cricket here because we’re coming from 40 degree heat into this weather, so it’ll take a little bit of time to adjust and we haven’t got too long - just a couple of days of practice,” said Whatmore.
Scotland’s new captain Kyle Coetzer is confident that the upcoming matches would bring the best out of his players.
“Clearly, it is going to be a tough start, but I am convinced that, if we can beat a team such as Pakistan, it will give us the belief and confidence to do it again and again in the future.
“That is a big part of this game, as it is in a lot of sports, and maybe, in the past, we went out sometimes with the attitude that we hoped we could be competitive, but we didn’t really think we could win.
“But I have spent a lot of time with the guys recently and I can detect that matters have changed.
“They are determined to win these high-profile fixtures and help Scotland reach the finals of major events.
“Most of us are doing this on a full-time basis, so it is our life and we want to be successful.
“I know I am also keen to reward the supporters, because I remember how thrilled everybody was when we defeated Bangladesh [in a Twenty20 match] and we want to repeat that experience. “Pakistan are favourites, of course, but we will be giving it our all.”