Wednesday 23 February 2011 

Improving Kenya No Match For Ruthless Pakistan

Improving Kenya No Match For Ruthless Pakistan
Improving Kenya No Match For Ruthless Pakistan
© REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (SRI LANKA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Pakistan 317-7 (Umar Akmal 71) beat
Kenya 112 (Shahid Afridi 5-16) by 205 runs
ICC Cricket World Cup Group A, Hambantota
Video Bulletin: Pakistan Prove Their Class
Audio: Waqar Younis | Afridi | Eldine Baptiste

Four players scored half-centuries and Shahid Afridi took five wickets as Pakistan overcame a shaky start to comprehensively beat Kenya by 205 runs in their Cricket World Cup Group A match in Hambantota.

Good early work from Kenya's bowlers reduced Pakistan to 12 for two before Kamran Akmal (55), Younus Khan (50), Misbah-ul-Haq (65) and Umar Akmal (71) all passed fifty as Pakistan posted an excellent score of 317 for seven.

Kenya were also unable to maintain their early discipline, giving away 46 extras - a record-equalling 37 in wides - although pacer Thomas Odoyo impressed by taking three for 41.

Kenya, who were bowled out for 69 by New Zealand in their opening game, produced a better batting performance, but were nevertheless outclassed as Afridi returned figures of five for 16 to lead his side to a comfortable win when Kenya were dismissed for 112 in 33.1 overs.

Openers Mohammad Hafeez (9) and Ahmed Shehzad (1) fell early, Hafeez to a juggling catch by Seren Waters and Shehzad to a simple take by Jimmy Kamande off Elijah Otieno and Odoyo respectively.

Kamran Akmal and Younus then rebuilt the innings, putting on 98 for the third wicket to set the platform for Misbah and Umar Akmal to come in and accelerate.

Misbah hit 65 in 69 balls with a four and two sixes while Umar Akmal was in belligerent mood, hitting eight fours and a six in his 52-ball innings.

They utilised the batting Power Play smartly, adding 70 runs for the loss of Misbah, before further Kenyan profligacy and cameos from Shahid Afridi (7), Abdul Razzaq (8 not out) and Abdur Rehman (5 not out) enabled them to push past 300.

Kenya's batsmen then applied themselves well, and they made 37 before losing their first wicket when Waters (17) was run out by Umar Akmal charging in from midwicket.

Opening partner Morris Ouma (16) fell when he edged Umar Gul to Kamran Akmal and Kenya's innings quickly disintegrated when Afridi introduced his spinners.

He himself removed Collins Obuya (47), Steve Tikolo (13), Tanmay Mishra (6), Jimmy Kamande (2) and Odoyo (0) to return the best figures by a captain and a Pakistani in the history of World Cup cricket.

Off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez picked up his 50th World Cup wicket when Rakep Patel's top-edged sweep was safely pouched by Umar Akmal.

Pakistan swiftly finished off the game when Nehemiah Odhiambo (0) was run out by substitute Asad Shafiq and Gul bowled Shem Ngoche for a duck.

© Cricket World 2011

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