In what can be described as a sensational and hair-raising duel between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the ongoing World Cup Cricket championship 2011, Pakistan finally overpowered Sri Lanka and won their second match of the championship.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat, which was certainly a wise decision, leaving no chance till the end. The superb performance of Younas Khan (72), Misbah (83) and Kamran Akmal (39) set a challenging target of 278 for Sri Lanka. Although Sri Lankna could achieve the target, but their batsmen crumbled one after the other against the Pakistan bowling onslaught. Afridi, having taken 5-16 against Kenya, took another 4-34, while Shoaib Akhtar took two wickets and Umar Gul and Hafeez and Rehman one wicket each. Only Silva could cross 50 (57) while Dilshan and Sangakkara crossed 40s but could realize their half centuries. Sri Lanka was all out for 266 in the 50 overs.
For Pakistan Misbah and Younis played a vital role in setting a formidable target, while Afridi overpowered the Sri Lankan batsmen with his spins, assisted by Shoiab and others.
The proud and happy man of the match Afridi commented after the game, ”That was a big game. The way Misbah and Younis played - beautiful and very mature. The fielders relaxed a bit, but on a stage like this we can't do that. I am sure they will improve in the coming games. Good conditions for bowlers - spin and bounce. This is a strong message to other teams, we will come stronger, game after game!"
Congratulations Afridi and the rest of the team – well played Misbah, Younis, and Shoaib Akhtar and rest of the boys. We wish you best of luck and hope you all keep your wits about as you did today.