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Pakistan crush Kenya

Shahid Afridi took bristles wickets and Umar Akmal denticulate one of four half-centuries as Pakistan ashamed Kenya by 205 runs to get their World Cup attack off to an aerial alpha on Wednesday.

Hapless Kenya begin their opponents too hot to handle afterwards Umar hit a 52-ball 71 to ballast Pakistan’s arduous absolute of 317-7 afore they arranged out their rivals for aloof 112 in 33.1 overs.

Once Pakistan alien spin, Kenyan wickets fell bound with Afridi unplayable in the day-night bout at Mahinda Rajapakse stadium.

Only Collins Obuya, with 47, and three added batsmen managed to ability reach abstracts as Kenya — bowled out for a paltry 69 in their aboriginal bout adjoin New Zealand on Sunday — faltered again.

Pakistan headed for a 300-plus absolute acknowledgment to Umar Akmal (71), Misbahul Haq (65), Kamran Akmal (55) and Younis Khan (50) as four batsmen denticulate half-centuries for the ninth time in a World Cup match.

Man of the bout Umar, 21, arena his aboriginal World Cup tie, gave the innings a final flourish, administration a accelerated 118-run angle for the fifth wicket with in-form Haq who was appropriately advancing during his 69-ball stay.

With Umar and Misbah in abounding swing, Pakistan racked up 70 runs in the batting powerplay, with the inferior Akmal hitting four boundaries off one Elijah Otieno over.

Misbah, Pakistan’s best batsman in the contempo Test and one-day alternation in New Zealand, additionally added 45 for the fourth wicket with Khan afore giving catalyst to the innings with Umar to advice Pakistan put up an absorbing total.

Misbah, whose aboriginal scoring attempt was a six, hit one added six and a distinct boundary, while Umar alveolate eight boundaries and a six afore holing out off Thomos Odoyo who accomplished with 3-41.

Odoyo conceded 20 wides in an awkward aggregation absolute of 46 extras.

Kenya equalled the accomplished cardinal of wides bowled in a one-day innings of 37 conceded by the West Indies adjoin Pakistan at Brisbane in 1989.

Pakistan abutting booty on Sri Lanka, winners adjoin Canada in their aboriginal match, on Saturday.

Kenya accommodated Sri Lanka on March 1 with both matches in Colombo.


PAKISTAN: 317 for 7 in 50 overs (K Akmal 55, Younis 50, Misbahul 65, U Akmal 71, extras 46; Odoyo 3-41)

KENYA: 112 all out in 33.1 overs (Ouma 16, Waters 17, Obuya 47, Tikolo 13, Mishra 6; Gul 2-12, Afridi 5-16)

Result: Pakistan won by 205 runs.

Man-of-the-match: Umar Akmal

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