Cricket World Cup 2011

Canada restrict Pakistan

2011-03-03 15:00
Shahid Afridi (AP)

Colombo - Canada's part-time bowlers restricted mighty Pakistan to a modest 184 in their Cricket World Cup Group A match on Thursday to set up the chance for an unlikely victory.

Seamer Harvir Baidwan took three wickets, while Rizwan Cheema, Balaji Rao and Jimmy Hansra picked up two apiece after Pakistan chose to bat on a slow pitch at the R. Premadasa stadium under overcast skies.

Candian bowlers exploited the conditions well as Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals, with only Umar Akmal (48) and Misbah-ul-Haq (37) putting up a degree of resistance during their 73-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Baidwan finished with 3-35, Hansra (2-23) and Rao (2-50) as Pakistan lost their last five wickets for only 19 runs in five overs.

Openers Mohammad Hafeez (11) was trapped lbw by Henry Osinde in the fourth over before Baidwan dismissed Ahmed Shahzad (12) and Younis Khan (six) in the space of 13 runs.

Cheema, who took 2-33, made it 67 for four when he had Kamran Akmal (16) caught in the covers in the 16th over, leaving the task of building the innings to Misbah and Umar Akmal.

Rao broke the Misbah-Umar stand, when he trapped Umar lbw in the 35th over and three overs later had Misbah caught by wicket-keeper Ashish Bagai to leave Pakistan struggling at 165-6.

Umar hit four boundaries and a six during his 68-ball knock.

Hard-hitting batsmen Shahid Afridi (20) and Abdul Razzaq (eight) also fell cheaply.

Pakistan, who won their first two matches against Kenya and Sri Lanka, left out injured left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman and rested paceman Shoaib Akhtar to bring in off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and Wahab Riaz.

Canada were forced to leave out veteran opener John Davison after he suffered a leg injury.


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