He may be a dud with the bat these days, but Pakistan can thank Shahid Afridi’s powers with the ball for their safe progress into the Super Eights. With Saeed Ajmal offering superb support, Pakistan were far too strong for the Netherlands who discovered that lightning doesn’t strike twice, not at an event of this magnitude. So, despite the pathetic showing against England, Pakistan are into the business end of the competition, and two wins against Ireland, New Zealand and Sri Lanka should be enough to seal a semi-final place. A lot depends on the remaining matches and which teams take bonus points into that phase. Pakistan won’t, but having no margin for error they might play their best cricket as they did today.