Pakistan Edge to Victory Over Canada

15:00, March 04, 2011      

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A relieved Pakistan clear up the tail end of the Canada attack.(

by CRI Sports' Paul Ryding

Canada came close to completing what would have been one of World Cup cricket's greatest upsets in Colombo last night.

In a week when England were beaten in a record-breaking match against Ireland, Pakistan survived a scare to overcome Canada after they were bowled out for a paltry 184.

It was the performance of their inspiring captain Shaihid Afridi that enabled Pakistan to avoid the embarrassment of becoming the first test playing nation to lose to Canada.

Canadian swing bowler Harvir Baidwan took 3-35 in a Pakistan innings which was restricted to a top score of 48 by Umar Akmal.

Pakistan took to the field defending the slender target they had set the Canadian’s without injured spinner Abdur Rehmann and paceman Shoaib Akhtar who was being rested.

Despite a shaky start to the innings, Canada steadied the ship with a 60 stand between Surkari and Hansra and at 104-4 looked set to reach the Pakistan target and pull off the shock result.

However, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi entered the bowling and set about taking his third consecutive four-wicket haul with a fine effort that spared Pakistan's blushes.

Canada were eventually bowled out for 138.

The Man-of-the-Match took his wicket tally at this World Cup to 14 to see off the spirited Canadian resistance.

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