Dutch elbows out greenshirts out of CT title race

Karachi: After overpowering World No 1 Germany in quarterfinals, Pakistan failed to emulate the same performance against Netherlands, the World No 3 in semifinals and conceded a 25 defeat to be knocked out of the title race of prestigious Champions Trophy on Saturday in Melbourne Australia.

Meanwhile, host Australia brushed aside another Asian team India in the other second semifinal encounter registering a 30 victory.

However, the setbacks in the semifinal matches have brought the Asian archrivals Pakistan and India in the match for bronze medal to be played on Sunday.

The greenshirts, who played brilliantly against the top side in quarterfinals failed to put up the same spirited show against Netherlands in the semifinal encounter.

Netherlands dominated the match from the very beginning with striker Billy Bakker scoring the first for his side in the second minute of the match.

Netherlands continued its dominance as Severiano van Ass doubled the lead for his side scoring in the 20th minute.

However, Pakistan got a lifeline against the surging Dutch, when the late conceded an own goal, which came off defender Bob de Voogd stick.

But Billy Bakker scored his second goal before the half time to keep his side in commanding position with a 31 lead.

Dutch also dominated the second half as well and scored two more goals to smash the greenshirts’ hope for a come and made it 51.

However, Shakeel Abbasi scored a consolatory goal to save the blushes for his team before the referee blew the final whistle.

Earlier in qualification matches, Belgium thrashed England 40 and Germany defeated New Zealand by 64 score.

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