ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 6th match, Group A

Kenya v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 205 runs

5.4

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, no run, bends his back and gets it to bounce from back of a length, he stays back and plays it backward of point

5.5

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, 1 no ball, Kamran stays in the crease and thumps this back of a length ball off the back foot, extra cover dives and fields, but Otieno has over stepped

5.5

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, no run, can't get the free hit away for much, he got behind the shortish ball, but hammered it not far away from mid off

5.6

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, no run, very full on the stumps, flicked elegantly to mid on

Pakistan 12/1   Kamran Akmal 0* (4b)

7.1

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, no run, shuffles across and plays out a full delivery to midwicket

7.2

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, rare poor delivery, full toss on the stumps, helped past a diving mid on for some useful runs, if the throw had come to the non-striker's end, it wouldn't have been so useful actually, he would have been gone

7.6

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, for the second time this over he bowls a full toss, outside off stump, and he Kamran gets forward and finds the gap past mid off for a couple

Pakistan 18/2   Kamran Akmal 5* (7b)

8.2

Odoyo to Kamran Akmal, no run, played out in to the off side

8.3

Odoyo to Kamran Akmal, no run, tucked away off the pads towards midwicket, cannot get the single

8.4

Odoyo to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, one more full toss, where are the Kenyan replacements, the pressure is being released, this one is flicked past square leg

8.5

Odoyo to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, Odoyo is losing it here, now he bowls a short one that goes way down leg

8.5

Odoyo to Kamran Akmal, no run, short again, but the line is on middle, and he defends off the back foot

8.6

Odoyo to Kamran Akmal, no run, yet another full toss, this time he misses out, and drives it straight to mid on

Pakistan 24/2   Kamran Akmal 7* (12b)

9.3

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, 1 no ball, Kamran looks to do the same, steer that is, but this one is very close to the body, and he chops it on the crease, one more no-ball

9.3

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, (no ball) FOUR, gets a short one, and sends it screaming over the square leg umpire for a boundary, and Odhiambo has overstepped again, he has wasted whatever the opening bowlers managed to do

9.3

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, not a no-ball this time, but it is a hit-me full toss, and Kamran hammers it over the bowler in a flash

9.4

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, finally gets one on target, in the channel outside off stump, he lets it go

9.5

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, gets well forward to a length delivery and plays it out to point

9.6

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, goes stretching forward again, and pushes out this one again to point

Pakistan 40/2   Kamran Akmal 15* (18b 2x4)

10.3

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, no run, full again, this time outside off stump, driven down to mid off

10.4

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, no run, he is keeping it consistently full on the stumps, Kamran cannot get timing on the drive, sends the ball to mid on

10.5

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, not short enough, but Kamran is game for the cut, and gets it to deep point for a couple

10.6

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, reverts to the full length again, and is pushed past the non-striker;s stumps for a single

Pakistan 44/2   Kamran Akmal 18* (22b 2x4)

11.1

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, pacy delivery dug in short of a length, played back to the bowler

11.2

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, times the punch really well, but hits it straight to extra cover,. who is right on the edge of the circle

11.3

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Kamran gets innovative, and very effective too, goes across and outside the off stump to pick a length delivery over midwicket, he got the swing and the connection just right

11.4

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, gets forward confidently and drives this length ball towards cover

11.5

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, another lovely drive, getting to the pitch in an instant, and pinging mid off with a powerful drive

11.6

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, as free flowing as possible, opens the bat face to drive a length ball to cover, oh if elegance could get runs, Kamran would have had 12 for those three shots

Pakistan 48/2   Kamran Akmal 22* (28b 3x4)

12.3

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, no run, surprises him with the short one, got big on him, he was going forward already, hastily backtracked and fended it on the leg side, it was in the air for a while but there was no one there

12.4

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, stays back and works one away through square leg

Pakistan 52/2   Kamran Akmal 23* (30b 3x4)

13.1

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, lovely placement from Kamran, got some width outside off stump, and just went through with the shot, driving on the up past point, and wide of third man who saw it clatter into the boundary

13.2

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, full outside off stump, gets forward and drives to mid off

13.3

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, remains in the crease and lets this one comes in and hit his broad defensive blade

13.4

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, gets away with a full toss, it was worked away wide of mid on but he was quick to get to it, and put in the dive to save the boundary

13.6

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, gets forward and plays out a length ball with an open face to point

Pakistan 58/2   Kamran Akmal 28* (35b 4x4)

14.3

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, no run, goes back to a short of a length ball and looks to tap it into covers but it goes straight to the fielder

14.4

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, no run, good fielding at mid off, it was driven sweetly but he dived to his right to save a few

14.5

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, no run, a bouncer from Kenya, there haven;t been many of those, Kamran goes down underneath it, there is a man at deep square leg

14.6

Otieno to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, this time his straight drive is so straight that mid off had no chance, dive or whatever, mid on gives chase to haul it back in

Pakistan 61/2   Kamran Akmal 30* (39b 4x4)

15.3

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, Odhiambo goes down leg with the short ball, put in the effort, but lost the radar

15.3

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, rides the bounce on this one and punches it on his toes to point

15.4

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, no run, looked to come forward, found the ball wasn't full enough and went back to punch it again to point

15.5

Odhiambo to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, stays a bit low outside off stump, he adjusts to hit it away to sweeper cover

Pakistan 64/2   Kamran Akmal 31* (42b 4x4)

16.3

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, no run, head on top of the tossed up delivery as he comes forward and defends in to the off side

16.4

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, paddles a full delivery on middle stump, can be dangerous but he got this one alright to fine leg

16.6

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short and turning away, sweeper cover is in business again as Kamran cuts this one away

Pakistan 69/2   Kamran Akmal 33* (45b 4x4)

17.1

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, short outside off and not much turn, easily cut away wide of sweeper cover

17.4

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, no run, bit of turn and some bounce too, he is surprised as he keeps it down in to the leg side

17.5

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, bounce again, but this one is short outside off stump, he goes for the slash and gets it fine on the off side, this outfield is huge, and the fielder pulls it back inside the ropes after a long chase

Pakistan 76/2   Kamran Akmal 39* (48b 4x4)

18.2

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, flatter this time, and driven to sweeper cover

Pakistan 79/2   Kamran Akmal 40* (49b 4x4)

19.3

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, take a step forward, tap the ball in front of point, and take the single, neatly done

Pakistan 83/2   Kamran Akmal 41* (50b 4x4)

20.1

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, takes this from the fourth stump, and late cuts it past backward point, how deft is that

20.2

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, no run, goes back and plays this one out towards covers

20.3

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, no run, good flight on this one, he comes forward and drives it back to the bowler

20.4

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, too much leg side on that one, helped away to fine leg on one knee

Pakistan 90/2   Kamran Akmal 44* (54b 4x4)

21.1

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, he is getting a lot of runs behind point, waited for a full one to arrive outside off and squeezed it past backward point

21.2

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, no run, loud appeal from Kamande, but that one was going down leg, he was struck on the pads as he looked to whip it through midwicket

21.3

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, driven past extra cover for a single

21.5

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, waits till the last instant, and guided this full delivery to the right of backward point

Pakistan 95/2   Kamran Akmal 48* (58b 4x4)

22.5

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, went for a cute fine sweep, it was very full and he missed, and the ball just about went past leg stump

22.5

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, no run, misses out on the short ball, hitting it straight to extra cover

22.6

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, pinches a quick run with a tap behind point

Pakistan 101/2   Kamran Akmal 49* (60b 4x4)

23.1

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, no run, steered to backward point off the back foot

23.2

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, gets to his half-century with a punch off the back foot down to long on, he has led the recovery after the openers went nowhere

23.4

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, no run, goes for a heave-ho to a tossed up delivery outside off stump, and misses

23.5

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, no run, now he goes for the cut to a flat one turning in from outside off stump, and is beaten again

23.6

Kamande to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, this time he connects, poor ball down the leg side deservedly helped away fine for a boundary

Pakistan 107/2   Kamran Akmal 54* (65b 5x4)

24.2

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, takes this one right off middle stump, as he leans back and cuts away to sweeper cover

24.4

Ngoche to Kamran Akmal, OUT, dear me, Kamran has lost it here, went charging blindly down the track to a tossed up delivery, and decided to swing it out of sight, but the ball turned past his flailing blade and Ouma did the rest, what a shame, he had batted so well, brain fade really, Ngoche is rewarded for flighting the ball

Kamran Akmal st †Ouma b Ngoche 55 (84m 67b 5x4 0x6) SR: 82.08

Pakistan 110/3   Kamran Akmal 55 (67b 5x4)

Photos

Feb 23, 2011

Shahid Afridi and Jimmy Kamande at the toss, Kenya v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup, Hambantota, February 23, 2011

Shahid Afridi and Jimmy Kamande at the toss

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Feb 23, 2011

A general view of the Hambantota stadium, Kenya v Pakistan, World Cup, Group A, February 23, 2011

A general view of the Hambantota stadium

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