Canada bowlers peg back Pakistan

Pakistan batsmen struggle against Canada in their World Cup Group A match at Colombo

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Mar 3, 2011

Canada raised visions of another upset after Ireland’s stunning defeat of England yesterday when they bowled out Pakistan for 184 in 43 overs in their World Cup Group A match at the Premadasa Stadium at Colombo.

Henry Osinde, who replaced injured veteran John Davison for this game, struck early trapping Mohammad Hafeez lbw for 11 with his team s score on 16.

Harvir Baidwan gave Canada plenty to cheer about when he prised out Ahmed Shehzad and Younis Khan to leave Pakistan reeling at 55 for three in the 13th over. Worse followed when Kamran Akmal fell to Rizwan Cheema. Suddenly looked as if Shahid Afridi s decision to bat first wasn t right with the score at 57 for four.

It needed a resolute 73-run fifth wicket stand between Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal to repair the Pakistan innings, but both fell in quick succession to Balaji Rao. Umar made 48 off 68 balls, studded with fours and a six while Misbah scored 37 of equal number of balls.

The departure of Misbah and Umar saw the Pakistan innings further disintegrate. Skipper Shahid Afridi fell to Cheema while Jimmy Hansra claimed the wickets of all-rounder Abdul Razzak and Wahab Riaz as Pakistan slipped to 181 for 9 in 42 overs. Baidwan picked up his third scalp when he bowled Saeed Ajmal for a duck.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 184 all out in 43 overs (Umar Akmal 48, Misbah-ul-Haq 37; Harvir Baidwan 3 for 35, Jimmy Hansra 2 for 23, Rizwan Cheema 2 for 33, Balaji Rao 2 for 50) vs Canada.

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