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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Afridi cools expectations

Afridi cools expectationsShahid Afridi refused to be drawn on Pakistan's chance of winning the World Cup after his side's 10-wicket demolition of West Indies.
The first quarter-final clash in Dhaka proved to be extremely one-sided as West Indies were skittled out for just 112 in 43.3 overs.
Such a minimal target proved no problem for Pakistan, with openers Mohammad Hafeez (61 not out) and Kamran Akmal (47no) knocking off the runs required inside 21 overs.
Skipper Afridi, who again led from the front with the ball by taking 4-30, admits expectation levels will now grow back home following the result.


"I'm very happy because before this competition I told my friends and the nation that with this team I wanted to play in the semi-finals," he said.
"There will now be more expectations to go on.
"But I am just thinking game by game. The only thing we can do is give 110 percent.
"Every team from now will come harder and harder. We will just keep making plans for each team and try and stick to those."
Pakistan had already underlined their potential with a 34-run win over Australia in their previous outing, a result that meant they topped Group A.
Afridi, who has now taken a tournament-best 21 wickets so far, puts their success down to planning.
"On each and every game we make plan with the coach (Waqar Younis) and we stick to those plans," he said.
"Everyone has done a great job, especially the bowlers from first game."
Spin issues
West Indies counterpart Darren Sammy admitted an inability to play spin had been a major problem for his team throughout their disappointing campaign.
"We definitely did not get enough runs," he said. "They bowled well at us and we didn't counteract, hence we were bowled out cheaply.
"Throughout tournament we have been losing wickets to spin and today was no exception."
Sammy, though, hopes his youthful side will travel back to the Caribbean having gained some valuable experience.
"We look at our squad have a number of players under the age of 27 which augers well for us," he said. "We have a few youngsters that should be around for next World Cup.
"We didn't play to our full potential at all in this tournament. When we do that we can beat any team on our day."
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