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NEPRA allows 33 paisa per unit hike in tariff

Another shocking news for Pakistani nation, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), on Thursday under fuel adjustment, granted an approval to power distribution companies to raise the tariff by 33 paisa per unit. A NEPRA team headed by Chairman Khalid Saeed heard the petition filed by the power distribution companies for raising the tariff by 39 paisa per unit. But the NEPRA approved hike of 33 paisa per unit. The decision would be effective for all kind of consumers from the month of March. I am thinking shall i praise NEPRA for saving us 6 paisa or shall i blame them for snatching 33 paisa from the pockets of struggling Pakistanis. We are struggling to survive in the situations where our industries are shut because of gas and electric load shedding. Every faithful Pakistani is living a difficult life. I used the word faithful because corrupt Pakistanis are living luxurious lives and are making fools of innocent people for their own benefits. 
I am writing this blog at this time of the night because the place where I live is cursed with the load shedding from 8pm till 10pm. All one can do at that time is sit, do nothing and wait for electricity. We all have heard our dear Minister of Water and Power, Raja Perveiz Ashraf, giving deadlines for NO MORE LOAD SHEDDING. But we all know that its a big bunch of lies. Are we moving in the backward direction, going back to the stone age??? May ALLAH help our nation and give us strength to bring a positive change. Ameen

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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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World Cup 2011 - Pakistan vs Kenya

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. 

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