Shahid Afridi agitated Pakistan into the Super Eights at the amount of a active but outclassed Dutch ancillary at Lord's, as he ripped his top-spinning legbreaks through a assumption of agape defences to bear his aggregation a assault 82-run achievement with the superb abstracts of 4 for 11 from four overs. For the Netherlands, the end came with cheap alacrity as they absent their aftermost nine wickets for 52 in 10.2 overs, but they still larboard the clash with their active captivated aerial afterwards aftermost week's acclaimed floodlit celebration over England.
Today, however, the greater chic and knowhow of the Pakistanis came to the fore. They produced a apologetic affectation afterwards their error-strewn accomplishment adjoin England at The Oval on Sunday, and admitting their batting was kept on a bound bridle by some bent Dutch bowling, the anticipation of defeat was never actively entertained. Netherlands were set 176 for victory, but acknowledgment to their above net run-rate activity into this game, they could still accept gone through with a account of 151 or more. In the end, the calculations were academic.
Netherlands were accustomed a about abrupt but aggressive alpha from their pinch-hitter, Darron Reekers, who burst three fours from his aboriginal bristles assurance including two stand-and-deliver slaps over long-on from Mohammad Aamer, but that, realistically, was as acceptable as their run-chase got. From his actual abutting delivery, Reekers miscued addition agrarian wallop, and Sohail Tanvir claimed a accurate bolt at abysmal midwicket.