Pakistan sets the target of 318 for Kenya in its first, group ‘A’ match playing at Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota. Four of Pakistani batsmen scored fifties.
According to details Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first. The start of green shirts innings was not good and both openers Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shahzad returned back to pavilion on just 12 runs. In this situation wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal and middle-order Younis Khan played very responsibly and not permitted African side to create more hype. This partnership ended on 110 when Kamran Akmal left Yonis Khan after scoring 57 runs.
Younis Khan continued to play sensible cricket along with new batsman Misbah-ul Haq and both scored 45 runs in the mutual partnership. Innings of Younis Khan finished on his fifty. Next, Umar Akmal, played aggressive cricket along with his partner. Misbah-ul-Haq went back after adding his 65 precious runs in his side’s total. On the other end Umar Akmal was not in the mood to forgive Kenyan bowlers, his aggressive innings ended on 71 runs. Boom Boom Afridi can score just 7 runs. At the end the final total of Pakistan was 317/7.
Thomas Odoyo was most successful bowler from Kenyan side who picked 3 wickets. Kenya now need 318 runs not win at 6.34 runs per over.