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26 Feb 2011

Pakistan aims to win World Cup 2011 after defeating Sri Lanka


This is some kind of result I always want to see. It doesn't mean that I am Pakistan fan. I only like the way the match shaped up that bounded me to the score tally till the last ball of the inning.






One time again, it was "Boom Boom" Afridi who did the job for Pakistan. And like in first match against Kenya, he did it with ball rather than bat. He should be happy man; when his bat couldn't make much shout, he still made his presence feel with his "fast" leg spin. No wonder batsmen get out in his bowling, as they are not sure whether they are playing a "spin" bowling or a "medium pace". Afridi has already got 9 wickets in two matches and now he is at the top of the list of highest wicket takers.

What's going on with Misbah Ul Haq? This is his forth ODI fifties in 6 matches. His form has suddenly risen after his re-entry in the international cricket and now he looks like a superman. If that stat of 4 fifties in 6 matches doesn't amuse you, then read this; he has 6 test fifties in his last 6 innings as well. I am sure, this man must have read hundreds of books on Sir Don Bradman to play like him. Ok, not exactly like Bradman, but he is definitely a person the opponent should target in the upcoming matches.

It's not just Afridi and Haq, but whole Pakistan team has come back to the track at the right time. Kamran Akmal, who struggled to impress both behind and in the front of the wickets last year, had announced that he is back in form with the good knocks of 55 and 39. His younger brother, Umar Akmal, though failed against Sri Lanka, is still an important campaigner that Pakistan is looking forward to. He can be very destructive; and who knows that better than Kenya.

Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar may not be as consistent as before in delivering the fast bowling, but he occasionally creates a pace that can give any batsman a heart attack. He and Gul have tried to fill the pit hole caused by the absense of Mohammad Aamer.

The only reason to analyze Pakistani players is to make everyone realize that this team is not here for holiday. They are seriously making their way clear for the ultimate goal, to hold a WORLD CUP. 



Pakistan: 277/7 (50 overs)
Misbah           83*                             Herath   46/2
Younis            72  

Sri Lanka  266/9   (50 overs)
Silva               57                               Afridi   34/4      
Sangakkara    49                               Akhtar 42/2

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 11 runs. 

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