Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Kenya needs 318 runs to win from 50 overs

Pakistan cricket team starts their World Cup campaign against Kenya on 23rd February 2011 that is taking place at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota.

Winning the toss, Pakistan skipper chose to bat first and scored 317 runs playing in 50 overs. Despite making poor start, Pakistan could make a tough chasing score at the end and it became possible thanks to the contributions of Akmal brothers, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.

At the beginning of the match, Kenya could make pressure over Pakistani batsmen and took two wickets just giving 12 runs in 6.5 overs. But they could not continue their dominance over Pakistani batsmen for long time. When Pakistan was under pressure then both Kamran Akmal and Younis Khan emerged as match saviors and made strong 3rd wicket partnership and added 98 runs.

After the departure of Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq came to bat and played an important 65-run innings. Umar Akmal is the highest run scorer for Pakistan cricket team. He scored 71 runs from 52 balls including eight boundaries and 1 six.

Thomas Odoyo took three wickets alone while other four wickets were taken by Elijah Otieno, Shem Ngoche, Jimmy Kamande and Steve Tikolo.

Now, Kenya has come to chase Pakistan’s innings. They need 318 runs from 50 overs. For weak Kenya, it seems to be impossible. If they can chase the target successfully then it will be the first accident in ICC World Cup 2011.