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6th Match, Group A: Kenya v Pakistan at Hambantota (Feb 23, 2011) - Pakistan won by 205 runs


Match Facts
February 23, Hambantota
Start time 14:30 local time (09:00 GMT)

Pakistan won their first match of World Cup 2011 against Kenya. Pakistan's opening batsmen couldn't give the expected start to their team. In 5th over, Mohammad Hafeez at 9, tried to put Otieno's ball in the gap but Waters went screaming to his left horizontally and took the catch after a brilliant effort. Umpteen replays confirmed it was a clean. Kamran Akmal replaced him. In the very next over Shehzad after playing 18 balls and scoring only 1 run, was shown way to the pavilion by Odoyo when he tried to go midwicket, ended up going in the air straight to mid off as he got the leading edge. Kenyan skipper took an easy catch. 
Kamran Akmal and Younis Khan played brilliantly. Kamran scored 55 of 67 balls and gave Pakistan the start they needed. Younis Khan also added 50 runs to the score board. 
Misbah got off the mark by a brilliant six, first of the match. Misbah scored 65 off 69 balls with the help of one four and two sixes, while Umar hit 71 off 52 balls, including eight fours and a six as they put up 118 runs for fifth wicket
Shahid Afridi managed to score only 7 runs. Pakistan put a total of 317 runs. Kenyans conceded 46 extras with 37 wides.
Kenyan batsmen couldn't put pressure on Pakistani bowlers. Omer Akmal's brilliant fielding and throw sent Waters back to the pavilion. Umar Gul bowled to Ouma which when straight to Kamran Akmal, an easy catch. Afridi completely destroyed Kenyan batting line and grabbed 5 wickets in 8 overs. He bowled 3 maiden overs and gave away only 16 runs. Umar Gul and Hafeez took 2 and 1 wicket each. Shoaib Akhtar could not take any wicket but bowled decent overs. Obuya was the only Kenyan batsman who could score some runs. Afridi got rid of him after 47 runs.
 Kenyan team was all out on 112. Pakistani bowlers gave away 11 extras.
Pakistan won by 205 runs. Umer Akmal was Man of the Match for his brilliant batting and great performance on the field. 
In the end it was a comfortable win for Pakistan. But Pakistan really needs to work on opening batsmen. Pakistan's next match is against Sri Lanka on 10th March. I am hoping Pakistani squad will deliver same results again. 

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