Skipper Shahid Afridi led from the front with a scintillating five-wicket haul to help Pakistan notch up a 46-run victory over Canada in a Group A World Cup match here today.
Inspired by Afridi's exploits, Pakistan shot out Canada for 138 in 42.5 overs after folding for a modest 184 batting first at the R Premadasa Stadium here.
Afridi, who grabbed 5-16 and 4-34 against Kenya and Sri Lanka respectively in their last two matches, became the first bowler to take three consecutive four-wicket hauls in World Cup history.
Apart from dismissing Ashish Bagai (16), Jimmy Hansra (43), Rizwan Cheema (4), Tyson Gordon (9) and Harvir Baidwan (0) in his 10 overs, Afridi also produced a brilliant direct throw to sent back Balaji Rao at the fag end of the match.
Image: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, left, celebrates the wicket of Canada's batsman Harvir Baidwan, unseen, with his team mate Ahmed Shehzad during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Canada and Pakistan in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, March 3, 2011.