Pakistan end Holland dream

ICC World Twenty20 2009

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi gets through his action during his stunning spell of 4-10 off four overs which dealt a mortal blow to Holland

Holland's ICC World Twenty20 dream was cruelly shattered as Pakistan thrashed them by 82 runs at Lord's to progress to the Super Eights.

Set 176 to win the match, the Dutch began their chase knowing reaching 151 would be enough to send them into the second stage alongside England, due to their superior net run rate.

Having surprisingly overhauled the tournament hosts' 162 for five on the same ground last Friday, Jeroen Smits' predominantly amateur side would have fancied their chances at the halfway stage.

But they were blown away by the Pakistan spinners and all-rounder Shahid Afridi in particular during a spell of seven wickets for 32 runs in just six overs.

They had progressed to 42 for one when Afridi was introduced into the attack for the eighth over and he highlighted the gulf in class between the teams when he produced a yorker first ball which fizzed under the bat of Bas Zuiderent.

Unable to get the spinners away, the middle-order batsmen then fell in quick succession to shots of increasing desperation.

Tim de Grooth, hero of the opening night chase against England with an aggressive 49, was one of the quartet to perish to Afridi, who finished with figures of 4-0-11-4.

With the Dutch batsmen regularly drawn out of their crease in their bid to up the run rate, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal saw plenty of action and finished with four stumpings, including one stunning take off Afridi's quicker ball.

Although they played without fear in their first outing of the competition, with a target in front of them, Holland choked.

Only Darron Reekers, whose beefy early blows gave brief hope, and Ryan ten Doeschate, who hit the only six of the pursuit, scored at better than a run a ball.

Pakistan could even afford errors in the field as Salman Butt put down top scorer Alexei Kervezee early on and other skiers evaded half-hearted attempts.

Kamran Akmal

Kamran Akmal had a fantastic game, top scoring with 41 and taking three stumpings

It was the introduction of spin which altered the mood, however, as Afridi and off-spin duo Saeed Ajmal and Salim Malik shared eight wickets between them.

There was much greater intent from the Pakistanis less than 48 hours after their poor showing at The Oval but they were ultimately restricted by a disciplined Dutch effort with the ball.

Led by the impressive left-armer Dirk Nannes, who clocked the fastest delivery of the tournament during the innings, they restricted the Pakistanis to 50 for one during the powerplay period.

Left-hander Butt picked out cover off Ten Doeschate to give the men in orange an early success.

And they would have added to their wickets tally in the first half of the innings but for a poor drop by Zuiderent at point off the same bowler which allowed Malik a life.

Pakistan managed a single six against England but Butt set the tone by launching a flat-batted stroke over point and into the Mound Stand off Edgar Schiferli in the fourth over.

Opening partner Akmal also found his long range by clearing the ropes twice, either side of Malik's let-off, as he raced to 41.

But he picked out a juggling Schiferli at deep midwicket off left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar, whose performances here suggest interest from counties will follow, to leave Pakistan 81 for two at the halfway point.

Medium-pacer Borren bowled well in tandem with the 21-year-old and applied the brakes at a time when the opposition was reaching for the accelerator.

The impetus came in the final five overs, however, after the departure of Malik, another man held in the deep.

Experienced duo Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq shared a half-century stand with the former launching ten Doeschate into the crowd at midwicket and then ruining Seelaar's figures with two more maximums in the 18th over.

The flourish of 60 runs from five overs at the death ensured the group, thrown open by Dutch courage and Pakistan's perils respectively against the English, finished with its previously anticipated predictability.

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