ICC WT20: Afridi Fires To Hand Dutch Heavy Defeat
Pakistan 175-5 (Kamran Akmal 41, Seelaar 2-36) beat
Netherlands 93 (Shahid Afridi 4-11, Saeed Ajmal 3-20) by 82 runs
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ICC World Twenty20 Group B, Lord's
Shahid Afridi delivered a devastating spell of leg-spin bowling as Pakistan eliminated the Netherlands with an 82-run ICC World Twenty20 Group B win at Lord's.
Having again failed with the bat, Afridi starred with the ball, taking four for 11 as the Netherlands were bowled out for 93 after Pakistan had reached 175 for five. The Netherlands required 151 to ensure qualification for the Super Eights by virtue of a superior net run rate to Pakistan but they never threatened either target.
Afridi struck with his first ball to comprehensively bowl Bas Zuiderent (13), dismissing Tom de Grooth, the Dutch hero when they beat England last week, in the same manner and he also had Daan van Bunge stumped for a duck and Edgar Schiferli (2) caught in the deep.
Darron Reekers hit three fours at the top of the order but him and Ryan ten Doeschate (14) apart, the batsmen struggled to get the ball off the square and could not take advantage of some more lackadaisical fielding from Pakistan.
Reekers was caught for 13 while ten Doeschate was stumped off a Shoaib Malik quicker ball as Kamran Akmal, who had earlier smashed 41 at the top of Pakistan's order, enjoyed a good day behind the stumps, also stumping Alexei Kervezee (21) and Dirk Nannes (6) as Pakistan's slow bowlers took control.
Ajmal finished a tidy spell with three for 20 before Umar Gul ended the innings by clean bowling Pieteer Seelaar to seal an emphatic win, man of the match Akmal picking up a Twenty20 International record of four stumpings.
He hit three fours and two sixes to set up the Pakistan total, in which they batted in a much more impressive manner than they had against England on Sunday, although they had to overcome a sticky spell in the middle of their innings where they failed to find the boundary in 30 balls.
Younus Khan (36), Misbah-ul-Haq (31 not out) and Shoaib Malik (30) were the other major contributors, Younus giving the innings vital late momentum with two sixes in two balls off of left-arm spinner Pieteer Seelaar.
Seelaar picked up two for 36 by also having Akmal caught by Schiferli while ten Doeschate, Peter Borren and Dirk Nannes picked up a wicket apiece.
Pakistan progress to Super Eight Group F, where they will play Ireland, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
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