Afridi stars as Pakistan win again
Colombo, Sri Lanka – Shahid Afridi bowled Pakistan to yet another impressive 46-run win in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with a spell of 5-23 against Canada on Thursday.
Pakistan, batting first, were bowled out for 184 in 43.4 overs and in reply Canada were shot out for 138 in 42.5 overs at the R Premadasa Stadium. It was Pakistan’s third consecutive win and they now top Group A with a maxiumum six points.
“We did not have good shot selection and I think it's a very good wake-up call for us for the next game,” said Afridi, who won the Man-of-the-Match award.
“Myself and coach Waqar Younis will definitely talk to the boys and this will not happen again. We needed some partnerships and that’s what we were missing and that’s what the coach was saying. Partnerships are very important.”
Earlier, Pakistan slipped to 67-4. But the innings was revived by a 73 run fifth wicket stand between Misbah-ul-Haq (37) and Umar Akmal (48). A lower-order collapse meant Pakistan could not reach the 200-run mark and at the halfway stage it looked like Canada could cause an upset victory.
For Canada, Harvir Baidwan (3-35), Rizwan Cheema (2-33), Balaji Rao (2-50) and Jimmy Hansra (2-23) shared the wickets around.
In their chase, the Canadians had only one stand of note worth 60 runs for the fourth wicket between Zubin Surkari (27) and Jimmy Hansra (43). The rest of the batsmen just collapsed as Afridi cast a spell on the Canada batting.