LONDON: Shahid Afridi starred for Pakistan with the ball as the Test side ensured the end of the Netherlands’s fairytale performance at the World Twenty20 at Lord’s here on Tuesday.
Leg-spinner Afridi took 4-11 as the 2007 finalists Pakistan won by 82 runs to book their place in the second phase Super Eights. The Dutch, shock four-wicket winners over England at Lord’s in Friday’s tournament opener, needed to make 151 to get through and so deny Pakistan the minium 25-run margin of victory they required.
But Afridi, well supported by fellow spinner Saeed Ajmal (3-20), sparked a collapse that saw the Dutch decline from 42-1 to 93 all out. Victory saw Pakistan, beaten by 48 runs by England at the Oval on Sunday, join the hosts in the second phase after they had made 175-5 with Kamran Akmal, who later made four stumpings, top-score with 41.
By contrast, no Dutch batsman made more than Alexei Kervezee’s 21. Afridi struck with his first ball when he bowled Bas Zuiderent for 13. That left the Dutch 42-2 in the eighth over. It was the start of a collapse from which they never recovered. Tom de Grooth, who made 49 against England, could not repeat his heroics and was bowled by Afridi, who took three wickets in the space of 10 balls.
Sri Lanka dump Australia
NOTTINGHAM: Skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit half-centuries as Sri Lanka sent Australia packing from the World Twenty20 with a six-wicket win on Monday. Australia managed only 159-9 as mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga claimed three wickets each.
Opener Dilshan then plundered 53 off 32 balls and Sangakkara made an unbeaten 55 to fire Sri Lanka home with six balls to spare. Jehan Mubarak hit 21 not out to keep his captain company till the end. Mendis wrecked the top order in a match Australia had to win to stay in the competition. Malinga took care of the lower order as Australia collapsed to 94-6 in the 15th over, before David Hussey and Johnson led a late revival. The pair put on 41 off 21 balls for the seventh wicket with Hussey hitting 28 off 22 and Johnson smashing 38 off 13 with two fours and two sixes.
Sehwag out of World T20
Nottingham: India’s frontline batsman Virender Sehwag has been ruled out of the World Twenty20 due to a shoulder injury. “Sehwag will return to India after consulting medical experts in England,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said. Batsman-wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik will replace Sehwag in the squad, the BCCI said. Karthik is expected to arrive in London ahead of the Super Eights round. — AFP