Canada flirted with fame but it wasn't to be their night. No one could take ownership of the chase. Hansra seemed the man but he was thwarted by Shahid Afridi, who stamped his presence on the game with a fab spell.
YOunis Khan: "They bowled and played well. But we knew that if we bowl well in the first Powerplay, we can do it. Shahid was very good. The wicket was slow and the ball was not coming on very well. I think 180 is enough against Canada. Afridi has taken wickets whenever we needed him to do it. He is doing fantastically at the moment."
Please hang on for quotes from the post-match ceremony
Bagai: "Very very disappointing loss for us. We did a great job after losing one of our better bowlers. Our batting worries continue. We disappointed themselves. Fighting is one thing but taking it over the line is another level. We fell short. Just not this one, our batting has been a worry in the last few weeks. We might get a new faces in for the other games. It was great to get some support from the crowd."
Afridi: "Batting first was a good decision but the shot selections weren't good. It;s a good wake-up call for us. Coach Waqar Younis and I will speak to the team. It wasn't good shot selection. We won't repeat this kind of performance again. These are perfect conditions for bowling, for spin and fast bowlers. Asked about his bowling, he simply says "Alhamdullilah"
That's it from us. Shab Bakhair. Good bye and good luck.
Jay: "Was NOT Blewett if you're thinking of Test matches, Afridi cleaned up Steve Waugh with a scud missile on his Test debut (not sure about debut, but it was in a Test)" So, perhaps, he took both of them with those missiles.
Batting Powerplay taken
Haider helps me get closure: "The quick ball from Afridi was bowled to Greg Blewett. This is where you may refresh your old memories:-)."
What a cracking spell this has been from the Pakistan captain.