5-for Afridi stars in Pakistan win over Canada

Shahid Afridi leads by example as Pakistan beat Canada at Colombo

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Mar 3, 2011

Shahid Afridi led from the front with a brilliant five wicket haul as Pakistan overcame a listless batting show earlier on to post a forty six run win over Canada in a World Cup Group A match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Canada, in pursuit of 185 for victory, were all out for 138 in 42.5 overs.

Afridi brought himself on in the 12th over after opening bowlers Umar Gul and Abdul Razzaq nipped out Ruvindu Gunsekera and Nitish Kumar in the fourth over. The Pakistan captain settled into a nice rhythm, dislodging his rival captain Ashish Bagai trapping him in front to reduce Canada to 44 for 3 in the 18th over.

He returned for his second spell and removed Rizwan Cheema to signal the end of Canadian hopes as much was expected from the big-hitting all-rounder.

Afridi, bowling with his tails up, cleaned up well-set Jimmy Hansra for 43 before accounting for Harvir Baidwan for a first-ball duck and later dismissing Tyson Gordon for 9 to on to bag a fine 5-for.

He finished with returns of 5 for 23 from his allotted 10 overs as Canada folded up for 135 in 40 overs.

Earlier, Canada bowlers did a splendid job of bowling out Pakistan for a paltry 184 in 43 overs. Harvir Baidwan snared three wickets while Rizwan Cheema, Balaji Rao and Jimmy Hansra picked up two wickets each.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 184 all out in 43 overs (Umar Akmal 48, Misbah-ul-Haq 37; Harvir Baidwan 3 for 25, Jimmy Hansra 2 for 23, Rizwan Cheema 2 for 33, Balaji Rao 2 for 50) vs Canada 138 in 42.5 overs (Jimmy Hansra 43, Zubin Surkari 27; Shahid Afridi 5 for 23) by 46 runs.

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