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World Cup 2011 - Pakistan vs Kenya

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Dr.Zaka

Match Facts

February 23, Hambantota

Start time 14:30 local time (09:00 GMT)

So on February 23rd, Pakistani cricket team will be facing Kenya in their first match of World Cup 2011. 
In Pakistani squad we have Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmad Shahzad, Kamran Akmal (wk), Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi (capt), Abdur Razzaq, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz and Shoaib Akhtar. 
Kenya will be fighting with Seren Waters, Alex Obanda, Collins Obuya, Rakep Patel, Steve Tikolo, Maurice Ouma (wk), Jimmy Kamande (capt), Thomas Odoyo, James Ngoche, Shem Ngoche, Nehemiah Odhiambo. This is the probable teams of both sides. 
Now if we look at the last five completed games by both sides, Pakistan has a LWWWL scorecard and Kenya has the history of LWLWL. 
As for both the teams, they will be facing each others for the 6th time. Pakistan has won all the matches till now and as a Pakistani I am hoping that our team will do the same again. Only once Kenya scored past 150 against Pakistan. Again I am hoping Pakistani bowlers will restrict Kenyan batsmen to an easy chase able score. 
In Pakistani team we will be expecting good performance from Ahmad Shahzad, Misbah and would definitely want some spectacular batting from Afridi. On bowling side Shoaib Akhtar will have to perform good as there are concerns over his form. i expect Afridi to use Akhtar with clever strategy so he does not get exhausted and could be used for mid spells if needed. 
Pakistani team needs to find wickets from start of the game, as we have seen in last two matches of this World Cup that even teams like Netherlands and Zimbabwe can give tough time to teams like England and Australia.
I hope Afridi does a good job and he puts an end to the concerns over his captaincy debate. 
I wish best of luck to Pakistani team and am looking forward to it. I will discuss the results after the game. 
GO FOR IT PAKISTAN!!! 

2 Responses so far.

  1. Dr.Zaka says:

    Pakistani openers could not give a start but Kamran Akmal's brilliant half century gave Pakistan a push. Although he got out in a very silly manner but he delivered what was needed from him. now its Misbah and Younas Khan!!!

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