Netherlands v Pakistan

World Twenty20, 2009

At Lord's, June 9. Pakistan won by 82 runs. Pakistan 2 pts. Toss: Pakistan.>/i>

Pakistan's phalanx of slow bowlers together claimed eight for 49 to bring the great Dutch adventure to an abrupt and decisive end. The batsmen found Shahid Afridi's variations especially tricky to decipher: he yorked Zuiderent with his first ball, castled de Grooth as he stepped back to cut, beat the advancing van Bunge to have him stumped, and finally deceived Schiferli in the flight. Saeed Ajmal's doosra claimed three victims, including two stumpings, while Shoaib Malik also had Kamran Akmal's slick glovework to thank for dismissing the dangerous ten Doeschate. Akmal became the first wicketkeeper to make four stumpings in any form of limited-overs international. Earlier, the Pakistani batsmen had shown far more spine than against England. Akmal, particularly strong driving square of the wicket, gained combative support from the middle order as Pakistan reached a demanding total. The real target faced by the Netherlands, though, was slightly less: defeat by 24 runs or fewer would have seen them through on net run-rate.

Man of the Match: Kamran Akmal. Attendance: 21,809.

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