AFRIDI BLAMES BATTING

Captain Shahid Afridi has said that Pakistan's batting is a cause for their poor World Cup.

Pakistan, bowled out for a paltry 184, were indebted to Afridi's one-man show, whose leg-breaks earned figures of 5-23 and helped his team avoid the kind of upset they suffered against Ireland in the Caribbean four years ago. I wish I'd had a free bet on it!

In the end Pakistan pulled off a 46-run win on Thursday, their third in as many matches to give the 1992 champions six points and top position in Group A, ahead of Sri Lanka and defending champions Australia.

"Yes, that match in 2007 was on my mind," said Afridi, of Pakistan's infamous three-wicket defeat to Ireland in Jamaica which led to his team's first round exit from the last World Cup.

"I know what would have happened had we lost against Canada," said Afridi, of the possible backlash from the millions of fans back home.

"But I told the players we must play for a win, that we should not be negative and work hard irrespective of the result."

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