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Kenya v Pakistan, World Cup 2011, Hambantota

Kenya sink without trace in massive chase

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

February 23, 2011

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Pakistan 317 for 7 (Umar 71, Misbah 65, Kamran 55, Odoyo 3-41) beat Kenya 112 (Obuya 47, Afridi 5-16, Gul 2-12) by 205 runs
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Misbah-ul-Haq was fluent in his half-century, Kenya v Pakistan, World Cup, Group A, Hambantota, February 23, 2011
Misbah-ul-Haq was one of four batsmen to reach fifty as Pakistan flattened Kenya at Hambantota © Getty Images
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Kenya again appeared totally out of their depth and posed no challenge to Pakistan at Hambantota, Collins Obuya's death-or-glory 47 being the only highlight for them as Shahid Afridi helped himself to 5 for 16 in a massive 205-run win, Pakistan's biggest win in World Cups and the eighth largest overall.

Four of Pakistan's batsmen cashed in to raise half-centuries and set up a total of 317 for 7 after a brief wobble against the new ball and Kenya made little effort to mount a serious challenge in their pursuit, rather looking to a lay a solid platform in the hope of batting out their full quota of overs. That ultimately proved a futile effort, too, although their innings did at least last until the 34th over - longer than their entire match against New Zealand three days ago.

Kenya's slide began in earnest when Afridi brought himself on and, in his third over, tempted Steve Tikolo down the pitch only for the ball to rush straight on to rattle the stumps. Kenya were 73 for 3 in the 23rd over when Tikolo was dismissed, without any real hope of chasing more than 300 but at least looking steady enough to last the full 50 after the top order had showed at least a little grit. There was no such offering from the middle, however, as the remaining seven wickets fell for just 39 runs in just over ten overs.

Afridi was the chief wrecking ball, quickly ending a bustling innings from Tanmay Mishra and making short work of Jimmy Kamande and Thomas Odoyo as he unfurled a mixed bag of legbreaks, sliders and quicker ones as the ball began to bite and spit off the surface. Amid the carnage, Obuya opened up to smite three enormous sixes but was caught on the boundary attempting a fourth to give Afridi the best figures by a Pakistan bowler in a World Cup, beating Wasim Akram's 5 for 28 against Namibia in Kimberley at the 2003 tournament. Once he went, the end was mercifully quick in coming.

Ultimately they flattered to deceive, but against expectations Kenya had actually bossed the opening exchanges of the match, Thomas Odoyo and Elijah Otieno showing admirable control with the new ball. Otieno provided the first breakthrough when Hafeez tried to force a length delivery into the leg side but hit it uppishly and Seren Waters, at straight midwicket, leapt to his left and managed to cling onto a juggled catch mere inches from the turf. In the very next over Shehzad, who had scratched around for 17 balls that yielded just a single run, chipped a leading edge to give Jimmy Kamande a simple catch at mid-off and Pakistan were in some serious strife.

The pressure soon began to lift, however, Kamran Akmal and Younis Khan quickly settling and Nehemiah Odhiambo suffering a shambolic start to his spell as 16 runs came from a first over that included three no-balls. Kamran proved the more fluent of the two early in his innings but Younis provided sensible support and, as the spinners came on, plenty of ones and twos were taken to keep the score ticking over.

Smart Stats

  • There were four fifty-plus scores in Pakistan's innings, which is the joint highest for the number of fifty-plus scores in a team innings in World Cups.
  • Pakistan's 317 is their highest score in ODIs against Kenya, surpassing their previous best of 286 in Sharjah in 2003. It is also their fourth-highest total in World Cups.
  • Kenya conceded 46 extras, which is the fourth-highest on the list of most extras conceded by a team in a World Cup match.The 37 wides they conceded equals the world record in all ODIs.
  • Misbah-ul-Haq scored his fourth half-century in 11 innings since August 2009. In the same period, he has scored 428 runs at an average of 47.55, which is much higher than his career average of 40.48.
  • Pakistan scored 112 runs in the last ten overs of their innings, including 70 runs in the batting powerplay. South Africa hold the record for most runs in the last ten overs in ODIs since 2000, with 146 runs against Pakistan at Centurion in 2007.
  • The 205-run win is Pakistan's largest margin of victory in World Cup matches and also Kenya's worst defeat in World Cups.
  • The 112 is Kenya's third-lowest score in World Cup matches. Their lowest is the 69 against New Zealand in the opening match of the 2011 World Cup.

Kamran eased past 50, from 62 balls, and looked set for plenty more before he charged down the wicket to left-arm spinner Shem Ngoche and was easily stumped. Kenya were buzzing once more with the breakthrough, but despite giving a far a far better account of themselves than they had against New Zealand at Chennai they lacked the necessary firepower to land the killer blow.

Misbah-ul-Haq opened his World Cup account with a massive six off Tikolo and rushed into the 20s at better than a-run-a-ball to complement the more circumspect Younis, who showed the value of steady accumulation before he was dismissed lbw for exactly 50 despite an optimistic review.

Misbah and Umar Akmal were barely troubled as they set about compiling a 118 runs for the fifth wicket, their partnership exploding into life as the Batting Powerplay was called for in the 44th over immediately after Misbah had reached fifty on his World Cup debut. Umar thrashed 20 off a weary Otieno's seventh over and soon sprinted to the fourth fifty of the innings as the score passed 250 in the 46th over. With Pakistan now swinging from the hip at just about everything, Kenya picked up regular wickets but threatened to unravel completely in the face of an all-out assault.

Odoyo removed Umar and Afridi from consecutive deliveries to find himself on a hat-trick in the 49th over but speared the next ball acres down the leg side and repeated the blunder later in the same over as battle fatigue set in. Extras, with 46, very nearly became the fifth half-century maker of the innings as Kenya had the ignominious honour of equalling the record for most wides in a one-day international, and there was a visible sense of relief as they finally completed their stint in the field.

Their efforts with the bat quickly put their failures with the ball in the shade, however, and Kenya will need a complete overhaul if they are to challenge anyone in this tournament. At the other end of the spectrum, Pakistan will be pleased with a generally slick and professional performance that has set their campaign off on an overwhelmingly positive note.

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Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by khalid on (February 25, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

Well done Pakistan , now do it again against Lanka ,even though bowler Afridi is fine but we wanna see the boom boom Afridi Saturday,best wishes and good luck.

Posted by Jawwad on (February 24, 2011, 22:21 GMT)

Right on spot Mustufa. Need of the hour is not to expose your gems and keep opposition guessing and introduce the trump in a crucial match. Say play Junaid when it is least expected. I like to comment to all the naysayers of Shoaib. I think he did a fine job as any great bowler can do. I notice there is lot of net cricketers commenting on his inability to take wickets and that is because Kenyan batsmen were just leaving him. He was amazingly fast and the Kenyans just left him. If big teams do that, it is called containment and you have already won. When big teams start to play him on, wickets will tumble.

Posted by Mustafa on (February 24, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

The team is fine, the only spots you can play around with are Shoaib and Rehman. Rehman turns the ball a long way when its spinning, Ajmal seems to have lost out on his mystery, which means he needs to start turning the regular off spinner. Ajmal needs to be handled carefully, Pak is doing the right thing by holding him back, Saqi got over exposed and hence lost his spirit and his game.

You could bring in Wahab and Ajmal in the next game, and then go back to Rehman and Shoaib, or Rehman and Wahab. Considering these flat tracks its a good idea to change your bowlers and not let the oppositions plan too much. Srilanka right now expects Ajmal to play, they also expect Shoaib to play.

They are all good bowlers and they all will work, its a matter of keeping your opposition guessing.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

pakistan zindabad ! men in green rocks......

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

Pakistan do have a dam good side though i still feel in the game against kenya they shouldnt have taken in some one like Saeed Ajmal than rahman.Also they shouldnt be opening the bowling with Razzak.He is a decent enough seamer to bowl in the middle overs.they should try opening with gul and akhtar or else riyaaz might be a better bet.But not razzak he is way past his bowling prime.and yeah also their batting order is bit of a suspect i feel at number 3 they should have an Umar Akmal rather than his brother kamran though he scored a 50 but he would be better off as a finisher.(Let me tell ppl who might call me someone with a fake id i am an indian but i do admire good cricket irrespective of what nation that cricketer is from)

Posted by Powderdubdub on (February 24, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

A nerve settling win for Pakistan, a glorious inning by Umar Akmal, however not a dazzling performance by any stretch of imagination against Kenya. Batting will have to improve if Pakistan were to challange the likes of Sri Lanka and NZ in the group matches. Hafeez and Shezad were pathetic to say the least. Is there a case for batting Umar Akmal higher in order? that will help him settle better like AB Develier.

Posted by mainul on (February 24, 2011, 11:04 GMT)

well,i agree with most. RAZZAK should come before AFRIDI.SRILANKA will test AFRIDI how good bowler he is.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

AWESOMEE!! im sure Pakistan will do really good throughout!!we've got such amazing players MashAllah.....Well done so far Pakistan! Luv yaa!! :D :D

Posted by pervaiz on (February 24, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

weldone pakistan...........and razzak must be come fist powerplay or at 40th overs

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. Hafeez and Ahmad Shahzad should play their natural game. More importantly the current quota for both the Batsmen and Bowlers is I think the best regarding current situation. They can replace a Spinner with a Spinner, Pacer with a Pacer, Batsman with a Batsman, but replacing a batsman with a bowler & vice versa will not be a good idea ....

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