d with the prospect of a first round elimination, Pakistan came back with a vengeance. They pushed the spirited minnows back into their place knocking them out of the tournament with a massive margin of 82 runs.
Pakistan made the necessary amends and it was heartening to see Sohail Tanvir back into the squad. Kamran Akmal looked a totally different player - following up his impressive display with the bat with an even better show with the gloves.
Afridi wasn't the usual boom boom with the bat, he but turned out to be equally destructive with the ball. He made up for his batting failure with a stunning bowling spell (four wickets for 11)striking with the first delivery he bowled ripping a topspinner through the defences of Bas Zuiderent's. Such was the guile and the vile of his leg spinners that Netherlands players had no clue whatsoever of his fast leg-spinners and yorkers.
Staying in the tournament was a massive work out for Pakistan especially after England defeat against Netherlands rendered the equation an intriguing twist. All the Dutch needed on Tuesday was a target of 151 to sneak though to Super Eight.
Despite this being a field day for the greenshirts, Pakistan need massive improvement in fielding. Salman Butt has been so shoddy that sources in team management have said that they might drop Butt from the squad in coming matches.
Indeed, the pick of the squad was Afridi -Akmal duo who need to carry on the good work in the next stages of the tournament.