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Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Pakistan are 277 for seven

Sri Lanka were strong with their bowling at the death and made it tough for Pakistan to get away with easy runs despite Shahid Afridi trying to get things moving. Mishah anchored the innings while Younis accelerated at will in the middle stages to leave Pakistan with a platform to build on in the third powerplay.

Rangana Herath was the pick of the bowlers with 2/46 from his 10 overs while Muttiah Muralitharan was as miserly as ever- conceding just 35 off his 10 overs for the wicket of Umar Akmal.

Kamran Akmal contributed 39 and looked set for a big score before being done in by Herath. Afridi fell to Angelo Mathews, trying to get as many as possible, with just about an over left.

This is a challenging total- match on from now. Pakistan will rely on their spinners to check a strong Lankan middle-order though the crowd would be behind their local heroes.

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Australia, which entered the cricket World Cup under a cloud, didn’t miss a beat in the opening week. Faced with less-than-stellar opposition, the Aussies nonetheless blew away New Zealand and Zimbabwe to make it 31 straight wins in the competition.

Speaking of turmoil, Pakistan cast aside seemingly permanent off-field troubles to upset Sri Lanka in a heavyweight Asian clash, while England, seeking a maiden World Cup title, barely avoided losing to unheralded the Netherlands. England blew a lead but was ultimately relieved to tie India on Sunday in an even better thriller. Unfortunately ugly scenes preceded the affair, as Indian police battered fans queuing up for tickets.

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