Pakistan Survives Thrilling Cricket World Cup Challenge by Netherlands


Pakistan Survives Thrilling Cricket World Cup Challenge by Netherlands

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Pakistan’s Strong Bowling Overcomes Early Batting Woes to Defeat Netherlands in Cricket World Cup

In a thrilling Cricket World Cup encounter, Pakistan managed to overcome a shaky start in their batting with some sharp pace bowling to secure an 81-run victory over the Netherlands. All-rounder Bas de Leede’s impressive seam bowling performance, with figures of 4-62, helped dismiss Pakistan for 286 runs, with an over to spare. The Netherlands’ captain, Scott Edwards, had won the toss and chose to chase on a dry wicket, considering the target to be competitive.

De Leede’s valiant effort continued as he scored 67 runs off 68 balls, keeping the Netherlands in contention. However, Pakistan’s express fast bowlers Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi made crucial breakthroughs, eventually bowling out the Dutch team for 205 runs in 41 overs. Rauf took 3-43, Afridi claimed 1-37, and Hasan Ali, playing his first ODI in over a year, contributed with 2-37 after being recalled for the World Cup due to Naseem Shah’s injury.

Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam, credited the bowlers for their performance, emphasizing that despite losing three wickets early in their batting innings, the partnership between Rizwan and Shakeel helped them establish control.

Vikramjit Singh’s determined 52 off 67 balls and his 70-run partnership with de Leede challenged Pakistan’s spinners during the middle overs. Legspinner Shadab Khan, who had faced a dip in his bowling form, managed to break through by dismissing Singh, who attempted an unnecessary big shot.

Rauf then took crucial wickets, denting the Netherlands’ chase with quick dismissals. However, a dropped catch by Iftikhar Ahmed allowed Saqib Zulfiqar to survive a scare. With de Leede running out of partners, he fell to Mohammad Nawaz’s bowling, but Logan van Beek’s unbeaten 28 off a run-a-ball narrowed the margin of defeat.

The Netherlands, known for their dramatic Super Over win over the West Indies in the World Cup qualifiers, showed resilience as they troubled Pakistan’s top-order batsmen early in the game.

Despite early setbacks, Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Rizwan played pivotal roles in Pakistan’s recovery, with a 120-run partnership. Shakeel’s composed innings of 68 off 52 balls and Rizwan’s 68 off 75 balls were crucial in turning the tide.

In the end, Pakistan managed to post a competitive total, thanks to contributions from Nawaz, Shadab, Afridi, and Rauf. Ackermann wrapped up Pakistan’s innings with the last wicket, securing victory for Pakistan.

Netherlands’ captain Edwards praised his team’s bowling and fielding efforts but expressed disappointment over not having a partner to support de Leede’s heroic innings, highlighting the competitiveness of the game.


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