x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Pakistan hammer Kenya with some extra help

Pakistan post a 318-run target thanks to the middle-order and a record 46 extras before captain Afridi runs through the hapless Kenyan batting.

Umar Akmal slams away to a quickfire half-century to give Pakistan the momentum during the middle overs.
Umar Akmal slams away to a quickfire half-century to give Pakistan the momentum during the middle overs.

HAMBANTOTA // Shahid Afridi took his maiden five-wicket World Cup haul as Pakistan crushed sloppy Kenya by 205 runs in a one-sided Group A match played on Wednesday.

In reply to Pakistan's total of 317 for seven, Kenya were bundled out for 112 in 33.1 overs.

The Kenyan batsmen had no answer to captain Afridi's tantalising leg-spinners as he ended up with figures of five for 16 off eight overs.

Pakistan, with a little help from a massive extras total, got their batting into top gear to reach a big score.

Akmal brothers Kamran and Umar, Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq all made contrasting half-centuries after Pakistan had got off to an unsteady beginning, stuttering to 12 for two.

Thomas Odoyo was the most successful bowler for the Africans with figures of three for 41 but he was also responsible for sending down 20 of the 37 wides bowled by Kenya out of a huge total of 46 extras.

Earlier, Pakistan's in-form opener Ahmed Shehzad was dismissed for one and his partner Mohammad Hafeez made nine before Kamran and former captain Younus put together a stand of 98 off 110 balls to get the innings back on track.

Kamran scored a steady 55 off 67 balls with five fours and Younus 50 off the same number of balls, reaching the boundary only twice.

The innings was given momentum by Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal who added 118 for the fifth wicket off 80 balls.

Misbah on his World Cup debut got off the mark with a six off Steve Tikolo and was dropped off the next ball by wicketkeeper Maurice Ouma.

He made use of that lapse to hit one more six and a four before holing out to long-on for 65 made off 69 balls.

Umar continued to attack the Kenyan bowling and made maximum use of the batting powerplay when 72 runs were scored for the loss of one wicket.

His attractive innings ended on 71 when he slogged once too often and was held at long-on. He faced 52 balls and hit one six and eight fours.

The Kenyan fielding was ragged at times and allowed Pakistan to gain the upper hand after a slow beginning.

SCORECARD

Pakistan:

Mohammad Hafeez c Waters b Otieno 9

Ahmed Shehzad c Kamande b Odoyo 1

Kamran Akmal st Ouma b Ngoche 55

Younus Khan lbw b Tikolo 50

Misbah-ul-Haq c Otieno b Kamande 65

Umar Akmal c Obuya b Odoyo 71

Shahid Afridi lbw b Odoyo 7

Abdul Razzaq not out 8

Abdur Rehman not out 5

Extras: (lb 3 w 37 nb 6) 46

Total: (for seven wickets; 50 overs) 317

Fall of wickets: 1-11 2-12 3-110 4-155 5-273 6-289 7-289

Did not bat: Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar

Bowling: Odoyo 7-2-41-3 (5w), Otieno 9-1-49-1 (2nb), Odhiambo 7-0-65-0 (3nb, 3w), Ngoche 10-0-46-1 (1w), Kamande 7-0-64-1 (4w), Tikolo 9-0-44-1 (1nb), Obuya 1-0-5-0

Kenya:

Morris Ouma c Kamran Akmal b Gul 16

Seren Waters run out 17

Collins Obuya c Shehzad b Afridi 47

Steve Tikolo b Afridi 13

Tamnay Mishra lbw b Afridi 6

Rakep Patel c Umar Akmal b Hafeez 0

Jimmy Kamande lbw b Afridi 2

Thomas Odoyo lbw b Afridi 0

Nehemiah Odhiambo run out 0

Shem Ngoche b Gul 0

Elijah Otieno not out 0

Extras: (4b, 3lb, 1nb, 3w) 11

Total: (all out, 33.1 overs) 112

Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-43, 3-73, 4-79, 5-85, 6-87, 7-101, 8-112, 9-112, 10-112.

Bowling: Shoaib Akhtar 5-1-10-0 (1w), Abdul Razzaq 5-1-23-0, Umar Gul 4.1-0-12-2 (1nb 1w), Abdur Rehman 7-1-18-0, Shahid Afridi 8-3-16-5, Mohammad Hafeez 4-1-26-1 (1w).

Result: Pakistan won by 205 runs.