Pakistan get a lot of extras help to reach 317-7

Pakistan's batsman Umar Akmal plays a shot for four runs during the ICC Cricket World Cup match against Kenya in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 (AP)

Pakistan, with help from a massive extras total, got their batting into top gear in their opening Group A World Cup match against Kenya, reaching 317 for seven wickets on Wednesday.

Akmal brothers Kamran and Umar, Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq all made contrasting half-centuries after Pakistan had got off to an unsteady beginning, stuttering to 12-2.

Thomas Odoyo was the most successful bowler with figures of three for 41 but he was also responsible for sending down 20 of the 37 wides bowled by Kenya out of a huge total of 46 extras.

Their in-form opener Ahmed Shehzad was dismissed for one and his partner Mohammad Hafeez made nine before Pakistan were able to stage some kind of recovery.

Kamran Akmal and former captain Younus put together a stand of 98 off 110 balls to get the innings back on track.

Kamran scored a steady 55 off 67 balls with five fours and Younus 50 off the same number of balls, reaching the boundary only twice.

The innings was given momentum by Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal who added 118 for the fifth wicket off 80 balls.

Misbah on his World Cup debut got off the mark with a six off Steve Tikolo and was dropped off the next ball by wicketkeeper Maurice Ouma.

He made use of that lapse to hit one more six and a four before holing out to long-on for 65 made off 69 balls.

Umar continued to attack the Kenyan bowling and made maximum use of the batting powerplay when 72 runs were scored for the loss of one wicket.

His attractive innings ended on 71 when he slogged once too often and was held at long-on. He faced 52 balls and hit one six and eight fours.

The Kenyan fielding was ragged at times and allowed Pakistan to gain the upper hand after a slow beginning.

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