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Spinners And Malik Run Riot As Pakistan Thrash Kenya

Kenya 92 all out (Younis Khan 3-18, Abdur Rehman 2-7, M Hafeez 2-19 ) v Pakistan 93-2 (Shoaib Malik 42) in Nairobi Pakistan won by eight wickets and win the quadrangular series Two days after having lost to Uganda, Kenya showed little sign of improvement as they lost against a fired-up Pakistan side which easily wrapped up a clean sweep in the quadrangular tournament in Nairobi. Shoaib Malik hit 42 from 33 balls, including three sixes off of Hiren Varaiya to ensure there were no problems for Pakistan as they effortlessly chased down their modest victory target. He was dismissed going for a fourth, by which time the game was long over as a contest. Kenya had removed Mohammad Hafeez for a breezy 12 before a 56-run partnership between Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq reasserted Pakistan's dominance over the associate nation. Misbah-ul-Haq remained unbeaten on 31 as he hit the winning runs, securing victory with 6 overs to spare. Earlier, Shoaib Akhtar, in between conceding five no-balls, struck twice to put Kenya on the back foot early on before captain Shoaib Malik turned to his spinners, who promptly ripped the Kenyans, without their master batsman Steve Tikolo, apart. Tanmay Mishra (13) and Collins Obuya (17) briefly threatened to revive the innings but it proved a false dawn as unlikely all-rounders Younus Khan and Mohammad Hafeez picked up five wickets. They may have only been bowling as Malik tried to put a woeful over rate to rights, but it was a shrewd move, proving just how key spin will be in the Twenty20 World Cup. In the earlier game, Bangladesh opened with spinner Abdur Razzak - Pakistan, less boldly, chose to go with Umar Gul, who by bowling a maiden first up and his three overs for seven runs was the perfect foil for the penetrative yet expensive Akhtar, before the spinners took over. © Cricket World 2007