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Afridi the spinner takes precedence


Shahid Afridi the spinner has arrived. After making a name for himself as a power hitter, he has matured and is now showing his expertise as spinner and skipper.

If his performance against Kenya was considered a flash in the pan against minnows, Sri Lanka was no pushover. A four-wicket haul has certainly put him in the top bowlers league.

The most memorable moment of the day came when he had Thilan Samaraweera stumped with a beauty. The ball, seemingly innocous, pitched just around off stump and deviated enough to make Samaraweera lunge at it and miss it. But the most important part of the delivery was the dip he managed.

From considered as someone who just turned his arm over part time, Afridi\'s control in the last two matches has been very impressive. Dip, turn and bounce -- all attributes that make him a deadly wicket-taker especially on Indian pitches.