Younus won’t stop having fun
Pakistan captain Younus Khan vowed to keep having fun after his side squeezed into the ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights at the expense of plucky Holland at Lord's.
The Dutch, who got the tournament off to a dramatic start when they beat England in the opening game, needed 151 to knock Pakistan out and join the hosts in the next stage by virtue of a superior net run-rate.
Their bowlers had put them in with a shout as Pakistan made a total of 175 for five from their 20 overs.
But the batsmen could not repeat their heroics of Friday night, when they knocked off 163 to surprise England on the same ground, and were eventually skittled out for 93.
After Pakistan were soundly beaten by England on Sunday, Younus was almost dismissive of the shorter format, branding it “a fun game”.
And the batsman, who contributed a lively 36 from 20 balls today, was in a similarly happy-go-lucky mood following their 82-run win.
“It's always good fun. We lost to England and now we are in the Super Eights so we must take it easy about this cricket. It's good entertainment,” he said.
“Everybody follows Twenty20 these days and the good thing about it is it is changing every single over.
“If you lose a couple of wickets in an over you could lose quite easily. But if you get 20-25 runs from an over you can be on your way quite easily. You need energy whether you are batting, bowling and fielding.
“Everybody knows we are slow starters, we are always like that and I hope we have performances like that in every game.”
Shahid Afridi did most of the damage for Pakistan, taking four wickets for 11 runs, while Holland’s top score was a scratchy 21 from opener Alexei Kervezee.
Holland captain Jeroen Smits admitted his side's batting let them down as they let the opportunity to join fellow associate country Ireland in the next stage slip through their grasp.
“We were looking forward to the Super Eights, we thought we had a great chance so maybe we were over-confident,” he said.
“We were confident at half-time, but we needed a big innings from someone and it didn't happen. They bowled really well.
“Pakistan deserved to win, I can't complain about our bowling or our fielding but our batting didn't go according to plan.
“We spoke about Afridi, and on this kind of wicket it skids a bit and he worked us out. He bowled a special game, and that is the difference between associate level and professional level.
“The main difference was the quality of the bowling - four for 11 says it all.”