ISLAMABAD - Pakistan had managed to beat Kenya in their inaugural match of the Cricket World Cup 2011 with a huge margin of 205 runs. Although starting the campaign with victory is always a good omen and a morale boosting thing, the way Pakistan started their innings proved that the opening department of the team should be changed. With all due respect to the Kenyans as after loosing both the openers Pakistan still managed to score a mammoth 317 runs. Thanks mainly to Kamran, Younus, Misbah and the dashing Umer Akmal, the team not only survived the early scare but also showed the depth in Pakistan's middle and later order batting. Playing against the weaker teams like Kenya and Canada, there is always a chance to make a big total despite loosing early wickets. But playing against the strong sides like Sri Lanka and Australia, one can't afford to lose wickets at the early stages of the game as it would cost them a lot and the overall total could fall well below the expectations. Having Kamran Akmal who is a genuine ODI specialist opener then why the team management keeps on using Muhammad Hafiz as opener despite he is yet to cement his place in the side as after playing so many innings he failed with the bat. There is no need of using Hafiz as a part time bowler rather the skipper and coach should pick Asad Shafiq, who is capable of playing big hits when the team in dire need of them. Sri Lankan team have always been a tough opponent and on their home soil they have defeated almost all the top teams of the world. Rather than letting the Lankans to rule, Pakistan must choose the best team available to them. Lankans as every one knows are slow starter of the game if Pakistan managed to keep pressure on them, the result will be in Pakistan's favour, but Pakistan usually get relaxed whenever they take quick wickets or score enough runs, as the body language of the players is completely changed and the opposition takes full advantage of the situation. Today's match is very crucial for both teams as far as Pakistan is concerned, they have to win this match to not only improve their chances to make their place in the quarterfinals but also help them avoid a tough opponent. They played like a unit and Afridi has done a tremendous job as a captain because changes in bowling and field placing were accurate against the Kenyan. But against the Sri Lanka, Afridi would have to adopt a clear-cut plan and it should be to attack and attack only, as the best form of defence is to attack. The bowling department has done exceptionally well against Kenya. Shoaib Akhtar bowled with a lot of pace and fire and his bowling spell was worthy to watch. It seems that he is regaining glory of past days. Umer Gul, like always, was the star bowler but it was Shahid Afridi who spellbound the audience and once again proved if he failed with his bat he covered this with his bowling and fielding. The team must make a change against the Lankans instead of playing with Muhammad Hafiz, Asad Shafiq must be given a chance as his inclusion will further boost the middle order which is already one of the best among the teams taking part in the World Cup. Ahmed Shahzad must continue to open the innings along with Kamran Akmal as both of them can keep the run rate ticking as per the requirement.