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Kenya collapse for 112, lose by 205 runs

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February 23, 2011


21:14  

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Umar Akmal has been named man of the match for his 71 off 52 balls. He gave Pakistan the impetus in the end that carried them to a score that was always going to be beyond Kenya. Shahid Afridi is the bowling hero with 5-16 in 8 overs of leg spin that the Kenyans had very litte clue about. Pakistan have eased into the tournment in style.

21:10  

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After a stout-hearted start, Kenya have imploded here. They lost their last eight wickets for 39. Though they were never in it once Pakistan scored 317, their collapse in the end has been disappointing. Kenyan cricket seems to have gone south over the last two World Cups. They have been a bad advertisement for the minnows.

21:04  

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Its all over. Stunning collapse this. S Ngoche has no clue to what Umar Gul is bowling, so he shoulders arms to an off-cutter. His off stump is pegged back. Kenya are done and dusted. 112 all out. They lose by 205 runs.
20:59  

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Another one gone. Kenya is in a shambles. N N Odhiambo is run out after a terrible mix up with his partner. Kenya 112-9 after 33.

20:57  Once he's been woken up, Collins Obuya suddenly became violent. But the fun has ended, not before Obuya helped himself to two sixes and a four. But he's gone for 47 off 58. Shahid Afridi has five. One heave too many lands in the hands of Ahmed Shehzad at long on. At this stage Afridi has 5 for 16. 112-8 in 32.1.
20:50  

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Afridi is on fire here. The tailenders cannot pick him. Thomas Odoyo misses a wrong-one and is struck in line. Umpire Nigel Long says yes. Odoyo gone for nought. Meanwhile, the mayhem around him seems to have woken Collins Obuya up. He is swinging for everything, which accounted for a six, some stay runs and a dropped catch. 101-7 after 31 overs.

20:45  

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Wickets are tumbling here. Afridi gets his third. Jimmy Kamande misses a straight-un from the Pakistani captain and is given LBW. Fairly straight forward one, no need for the third ump here. 87-6 in the 29th over. This is going to get over fast.

More drama the next ball. Thomas Odoyo is struck on the pads. Ump says no, Afridi wants a review. The ball was going down the leg, so its not out.

20:37  

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Another one goes! Rakelp Patel lasted all of six balls before top-edging a sweep off Mohammad Hafeez to Umar Akmal at fine leg. Patel left the scorers untroubled. 85-5 after 28 overs. Kenya are going to have a horrendous net run rate after this match. They are already -7 something after the disaster with New Zealand.

20:33  

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The UDRS goes Pakistan's way now. Tanmay Mishra goes back to an Afridi wrong-un and is hit on the pads. Umpire turns down the appeal. Afridi wants a review and hawk-eye says the ball is hitting the top of leg stump. Mishra gone for 6 and Kenya sink further. At the other end Collins Obuya is resolute and unmoving, 17 from 41 balls. 79-4 after 27. BTW the required run-rate is over 10.

20:23  

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Shahid Afridi strikes. Veteran Steve Tikolo is put out of his misery as he jumps out to a top spinner, misses and is bowled. Tikolo made 13 in 33 balls, with his lone boundary being a French cut to fine leg. The result is almost a foregone conclusion now. Kenya have really disappointed after a bright start at the beginning of their bowling effort. The score, if you still want to know is 75-3 in 23 overs.

20:07  

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The game is just meandering now. Kenya stout in defence, unmindful of the large target. Even the sparse Sri Lankan crowd seem to have lost interest in the proccedings and are showing off their best dance moves. The old warhorse Steve Tikolo also does not seem to have any answers. 60-2 in 18. And no surprise, the required run rate has climbed over 8 per over.

19:53  

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Kenya sinking fast here. Umar Gul and Abdur Rehman keeping things tight after the opening burst by Akhtar and Razzaq. The bowling power plays are done. 51-2 in 15.

19:45  

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Not much good the UBRS reprieve did for Maurice Ouma. He's gone in the next over, trying an ambitious cut shot off Umar Gul. Caught behind. Ouma made just 16 in 37 balls. Kenya staring at a thrashing here as reqired run rate mounts. 48-2 in 13.

19:40  

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\Maurice Ouma is saved by the UDRS. In spinner Abdur Rehman's first over, there's a shout for LBW. The umpire gives it but hawk-eye says it is going over. The Kenyan chase is now down to a crawl. The batsmen seem almost like they have given up on chasing 318. 42-1 after 12. Required run-rate well above 7 now.

19:29  

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Not a shot in anger against Shoaib Akhtar who has figures of 4-0-9-0. But they are more positive against Abdul Razzaq and hence the run-rate is decent. Kenya showing no intent of going after the runs. Openers in 'lets stick around and see what happens' mode. 36-0 in 8 overs.

19:25  

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Pakistan make the breakthrough finally. Umar Akmal is like lightening at short mid-wicket and knocks down the stumps at the bowlers end as the Kenyan openers risk a quick single. They go upstairs and its bad news for the Kenyans. Seren Walters goes (17 in 31 balls). 37-1 after 9.1 overs

19:13  

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Kenyan openers Maurice Ouma and Seren Waters are finding the pace of Shoaib Akhtar to hot to handle, but they the going after the friendlier pace of Abdul Razzaq. 17-0 after 3

19:13  

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The Kenyan openers Ouma and Waters seem in no hurry. Looking at their serene approach, you would not imagine they are chasing 300 plus. But they have not lost any wickets yet and Akhtar is steaming in at one end. 28-0 after 6 overs. Required run-rate is already above 6.5
18:46  

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Kenya begin their chase of 318. A tough ask for most teams, even more so for Kenya who have a dismal record against the Pakistanis. Their highest score in five innings is 179, and the last time they met, Kenya were shot out for 94.

18:24  

It's been a day of extras. Believe it or not 46 extras were given away by the Kenyan bowlers, which meant that Pakistan crossed the 300-run mark easily.

There were four half-centurions in the innings,the highest being Umar Akmal with a brilliant 71 off just 52 balls.

In the end, Pakistan managed to get 317-7 -- surely an uphill task for the Kenyans.

18:09  

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Pakistan lose Umar Akmal and Afridi in quick succession.

Odoyo picks two wickets in two balls -- picking Akmalafter a brilliant 71 off just 52 balls andAfridi off the very next ball.

Pakistan made the most of the batting powerplay scoring 70 runs in 5 overs.

17:50  

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Expect fireworks, as Pakistan have decided to powerplay in the 43rd over.
With the likes of Afridi and Razzaq still padded up, the fireworks are just waiting to explode.

During the next five overs from 43rd to 45th, only three fielders are allowed outside the circle.

Meanwhile, Misbah completes a well-deserved half-century. Akmal is going strong on 29.

At the end of 44 overs, Pakistan are229 for four.

17:44  

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Into the last 10 oversnow, and Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal have put up another important partnership for Pakistan that's seenthem cross the 200-run mark.

Umar Akmal, just like his brother, is aggressive from the word go, finding the occasional boundaries.

Meanwhile, Misbah continues to use the reverse sweep to good effect.

With Afridi and Razzaq waiting, the fireworks are just aboutto explode.

At the end of 42 overs, Pakistan are 212 for four.

17:04  

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Finally Steve Tikolo gets his man.

He has been bowling a good straight line and he caught Younis Khan right in front of the stumps against the run of play.

Younis went upstairs asked for a review but the third umpire agreed to the field umpire's decisionthat the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps.

This was just after Younis had completed his 16th half-century in ODIs.

At the end of 35 overs Pakistan are170 for four.

Misbah(31) is joined by Umar Akmal (4) in the middle.

16:58  

Withdrums beating down in Hambantota, Misbah-ul-Haq continues from where Akmal left off, playing unconventional shots to catch the bowlers off guard.

While the occasional chipping down the track is in,Misbah is using the reverse sweep to good effect.

Younis Khan, at the other end, is closing in on yet another half-century.

Kenya seems to havelost theplot,by letting the game drift away.

At the end of 33 overs, Pakistan152 for three. Misbah is on 29, while Younis is on 48.

16:33  

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Kamran Akmal falls after a breezy 55 off just 67 balls. He wasthe aggressor through out the innings.

The wicketkeeper-batsman loses his cool, chips down the track to smash Shem Ngoche out of the park, but issmartly stumped by Ouma.

The experienced duo of Misbah and Younisin the middle.

Pakistan 112 for three in 25 overs.

16:12  

Spin is in, but both Akmal and Younis are at ease.

The duo hardly look in trouble against Kamande and Ngoche;they have put on75 runs for third wicket.

Akmal isthe aggressor, while Younis isthe calming influence.

Pakistan 87 for two at the end of 20 overs.

Akmal is on 48, while Younis is on 30.

15:49  

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With the run rate 4.14 now, things are looking good for Pakistan now. Akmal and Younis have sort of steadied the early nerves and are playing more confidently now.

Akmal has been the aggressor, while Younis has been the calming influence.

Pakistan 61 for two at the end of 15 overs. Akmal is on 30, while Younis is on 15.

15:39  

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Kamran Akmal seems to have found a way out. He is counter attacking the Kenyans-- he's hit three boundaries already.

Nehemiah Odhiambo is getting some rough treatment from him.

Younis Khan on the other hand is quite happy to be at the other end; he'sis slowly working his way in the middle.

Pakistan 48 for two in 12 overs.

15:26  

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The 39-year-old Steve Tikolo is still Kenya's key player. He is one around whom, the batting and bowling tends to revolve.

There have not been enough youngsters to challenge or ease his role in the team and, despite the poor showing against New Zealand.

15:23  

With the openers gone cheaply, the onus is on Kamran Akmal and Younis Khan to revive the innings.

This is a much-improved performance from Kenya already. The average score after the first 10 overs in this World Cup has been 47-1.

Pakistan 40-2 after10 overs.

15:08  

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Pakistan in trouble- Thomas Odoyo dismissesAhmed Shehzad andPakistan lose two wickets in two overs.

Shehzad top edges one to long-off, where he iscaught by skipper Kamande.

Pakistan reeling at 12 for two in 6.5 overs.

15:02  

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Walters's brilliance gives Kenya the first wicket.

Elijah Otieno bowls a harmless delivery, andHafeez chips one to midwicket where Walters takesa blinder.

Hafeez gone for nine-- Pakistan 11-1, 5.3 overs.

14:35  

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Mohammad Hafeez gets Pakistan innings going with a couple of sweetly timed shot-- one on the onside and the other on the off side.

Pakistan 4 for no loss at the end of first over.

14:34  

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For the record, although Pakistan have won each time they have played, it has more often been the Kenyan batting that has let them down.

Their highest score against Pakistan in the five innings they have had is 179, and the last time they met, Kenya were shot out for a paltry 94.

14:17  

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For the record, although Pakistan have won each time they have played, it has more often been the Kenyan batting that has let them down.

Their highest score against Pakistan in the five innings they have had is 179, and the last time they met, Kenya were shot out for a paltry 94.

14:16  

Shahid Afridi wins toss, as Pakistan decide to bat first in their opening match against Kenya.

Pakistan, bruised by a corruption scandal and security issues, which still deprive their fans of international cricket at home, would hope to launch their World Cup campaign on a winning note.

Kenya, who were thrashed by New Zealand in their opening match on Sunday, will look to redeem themselves with a much better show. Surprisingly the two teams have never played in the sub-continent or in the World Cups.

14:12  

Shahid Afridi wins toss, as Pakistan decide to bat first in their opening match against Kenya.

Pakistan, bruised by a corruption scandal and security issues, which still deprive their fans of international cricket at home, would hope to launch their World Cup campaign on a winning note.

Kenya, who were thrashed by New Zealand in their opening match on Sunday, will look to redeem themselves with a much better show. Surprisingly the two teams have never played in the sub-continent or in the World Cups.