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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 September, 2004, 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
Pakistan roll over Kenya
By Scott Heinrich
BBC Sport at Edgbaston

Champions Trophy: Pakistan 95-3 (18.4 overs) beat Kenya 94 (32 overs) by seven wickets

Afridi recorded career-best figures of 5-11

Shahid Afridi recorded career-best figures of 5-11 to inspire Pakistan to an easy seven-wicket win over Kenya in the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston.

Kenya were bowled out for 94 after a horrendous collapse saw their last nine wickets fall for 27 runs.

Afridi combined with Shoaib Malik (3-15) as five Kenya batsmen made ducks.

Pakistan knocked off the runs in the 19th over to bundle Kenya out of the tournament and set up their clash with India on Sunday.

Yasir Hameed (41), Malik and Afridi perished in the run-chase, but there was only ever one winner of this tournament's latest absurdly one-sided group contest.

As has been customary in the Champions Trophy, the toss-winning captain, in this case Inzamam-ul-Haq, elected to field first.

Rana Naved, preferred ahead of Shoaib Akhtar for new-ball duties, got Pakistan off to the right start with the removal of Ravindu Shah, cutting to Afridi in the covers, in the second over.

But Kennedy Otieno and Maurice Ouma put the setback to one side, the former crashing Mohammad Sami for two off-side fours in one over.

Ouma, impressive on debut against India earlier in the week, warmed to the task as well and the pair put on a promising 65 runs together before rain forced a 20-minute break.

Shoaib failed to take any wickets against Kenya
Inzamam made a double bowling change when play resumed, a move which changed the complexion of the match.

Shoaib, who had looked short of pace when given a bowl, made way for off-spinner Malik, while leg-spinner Afridi, who went on to claim the man of the match award, relieved the relatively expensive Abdul Razzaq.

Kenya promptly fell like playing cards as their plight against the spinning ball was embarrassingly exposed, with six of the batsmen failing to protect their stumps.

Afridi struck first to have Ouma caught behind off a bottom edge, and Malik accounted for both Otieno (lbw for 33) and Steve Tikilo (bowled for a duck) in the same over.

Kenya then fell to 78-6 when Thomas Odoya and Brijal Patel were bowled off-stump by Afridi, offering no shot and half-a-shot respectively.

Similar fates befell both Ragheb Aga and Malhar Patel before a sharp piece of fielding by Yasir at silly mid-off ran out Martin Suji as he tried to retreat behind the popping crease.

Hitesh Modi (18 not out) finally ran out of partners when Peter Ongondo was bowled, offering Afridi his second five-wicket haul and Kenya their lowest score against Pakistan.

Afridi and Malik mirrored their match-winning demolition job in Amsterdam recently, where seven shared wickets helped skittle India for 127.

Pakistan came out with flashing blades as openers Yaair and Imran Farhat chose to deal with the miniscule chase on the front foot.

Yasir was the main aggressor, outnumbering his partner by six boundaries to one in the first 50 runs, but Farhat showcased his stroke-playing by hoicking Ongondo high over the long-off rope.

Yasir, who was given a life early on by Tikolo at second slip, ran out of luck when driving at Suji and nicking behind 25 runs short of the winning line.

Tikolo redeemed himself by pouching Malik at short cover for a duck, and Aga claimed his second scalp when Afridi misjudged was bowled, leaving him two short of 4,000 one-day runs.

Farhat remained unbeaten on 38 when Razzaq crashed a cover-drive to the fence to administer Kenya┐s last rites.

It was a sad end for the 2003 World Cup semi-finalists, but Pakistan will return to Edgbaston on Sunday full of confidence they can get past their arch-rivals and advance to the semi-finals.

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