Hambantota (Sri Lanka): Captain Shahid Afridi took
five wickets as Pakistan crushed Kenya by 205 runs in a World Cup
Group A match at the Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket
Stadium here Wednesday.
A strong show by Pakistan's middle-order saw them put up 317/7 in
50 overs after electing to bat. Umar Akmal smashed a 52-ball 71
while Misbah-ul-Haq hit a 69-ball 65. Umar's elder brother, Kamran,
made 55 while senior batsman Younis Khan made 50.
Kenya began their chase cautiously, having been bowled out for 69
in their first match against New Zealand. Openers Maurice Ouma and
Seren Waters batted for 9.1 overs with only 37 runs on the board.
But then they started losing wickets.
Collins Obuya was the only batsman to take the fight to the
opposition camp as he blasted three sixes and three fours in his
58-ball 47. Veteran Steve Tikolo added 13, but once Afridi (5-16)
took the ball in his hand, he ran through the Kenyan innings in a
jiffy. Kenya were finally bowled out for 112 in 33.1 overs.
They lost eight wickets for the addition of just 40 runs. None of
the last six batsmen reached double digits with four of them being
dismissed for a duck.
Kenya has caused quite a few upsets in previous World Cups and
also reached the semifinals in 2003, but have been disappointing
in this edition.
Afridi was effective with his leg spin. He got good purchase from
the wicket and exploited the conditions to the hilt. Umar Gul was
the other successful bowler, taking two wickets.
Earlier, Pakistan made a slow start on a placid track and openers
Mohammad Hafeez (1) and Ahmed Shahzad (9) departed in 6.5 overs
with just 12 runs on the board.
Younis and Kamran revived the innings through a solid 98-run stand
for the third wicket, pushing for singles off some tight bowling.
After Younis, Kamran and Misbah laid the foundation for the
innings and stylish Umar smacked eight fours and one six to give a
late thrust to the score.
On their part, Kenya lost the plot work with some erratic bowling,
conceding 46 extras, including 37 wides.
Scoreboard of the World Cup Group A match between Sri Lanka and
Kenya here Wednesday.
Mohammad Hafeez c Waters b Otieno 9
Ahmed Shehzad c Kamande b Odoyo 1
Kamran Akmal st Ouma b Ngoche 55
Younis Khan lbw b Tikolo 50
Misbah-ul-Haq c Otieno b Kamande 65
Umar Akmal c Obuya b Odoyo 71
Shahid Afridi lbw b Odoyo 7
Abdul Razzaq not out 8
Abdur Rehman not out 5
Extras: (lb-3, w-37, nb-6) 46
Total: (for seven wickets in 50 overs) 317
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Mohammad Hafeez, 5.3 overs), 2-12 (Ahmed
Shehzad, 6.5), 3-110 (Kamran Akmal, 24.4), 4-155 (Younis Khan,
33.4), 5-273 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 46.5), 6-289 (Umar Akmal, 48.2),
7-289 (Shahid Afridi, 48.3)
Thomas Odoyo 7 2 41 3
Elijah Otieno 9 1 49 1
Nehemiah Odhiambo 7 0 65 0
Shem Ngoche 10 0 46 1
Jimmy Kamande 7 0 64 1
Steve Tikolo 9 0 44 1
Collins Obuya 1 0 5 0
Maurice Ouma c Kamran Akmal b Umar Gul 16
Seren Waters run out (Umar Akmal) 17
Collins Obuya c Ahmed Shehzad b Shahid Afridi 47
Steve Tikolo b Shahid Afridi 13
Tanmay Mishra lbw b Shahid Afridi 6
Rakep Patel c Umar Akmal b Mohammad Hafeez 0
Jimmy Kamande lbw b Shahid Afridi 2
Thmas Odoyo lbw b Shahid Afridi 0
Nehemiah Odhiambo run out (sub Asad Shafiq) 0
Shem Ngoche b Umar Gul 0
Elijah Otieno not out 0
Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 3, nb 1) 11
Total (all out in 33.1 overs) 112
Fall of wickets 1-37 (Waters, 9.1 overs), 2-43 (Ouma, 12.2), 3-73
(Tikolo, 22.2), 4-79 (Mishra, 26.3), 5-85 (Patel, 27.5), 6-87 (Kamande,
28.3), 7-101 (Odoyo, 30.5), 8-112 (Obuya, 32.1), 9-112 (Odhiambo,
32.5), 10-112 (Ngoche, 33.1)
Shoaib Akhtar 5 1 10 0
Abdul Razzaq 5 1 23 0
Umar Gul 4.1 0 12 2
Abdur Rehman 7 1 18 0
Shahid Afridi 8 3 16 5
Mohammad Hafeez 4 1 26 1
Toss: Pakistan and chose to
Umpires: Tony Hill (New Zealand) and Nigel Llong (England)
TV umpire: Daryl Harper (Australia)
Match referee: Chris Broad (England)