World Cup 2023, PAK vs NED: Pakistan’s World Cup campaign begins with victory, Bas de Leede wins Hearts of Hyderabad !!
ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Consecutive defeats against India and Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup, two consecutive defeats against New Zealand and Australia in the warm-up stage of the ICC World Cup 2023 – the Pakistan team was aiming to overcome a bad time today. Their opponent was the Netherlands in the familiar twenty-two yards of Hyderabad. The Dutch army, who are far behind in the book, will beat the Pakistan team ranked two in the world, no one in particular fears such a big disaster. At the end of the day, the results also say that Babar-Rizwan won by a big margin. But on the return day of the World Cup after twelve years, the orange jersey holders were seen playing cricket, it will undoubtedly earn the blessings of cricket experts. The Netherlands did not stand up to a strong opponent, but they gave the message of fighting equally throughout the day.
Netherlands captain Scott Edwards won the toss and elected to bowl first. Logan van Beek pushed Pakistan first by bringing back Fakhar Zaman quickly. Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq – no one could take advantage today. ‘Mr Dependable’ Mohammad Rizwan is back as the charioteer of Pakistan’s batting. Today, he got Saud Shakeel as his partner. Their twin half-centuries, and Shadab-Nawaz’s cameo in the lower order, set the stage for a fight for Pakistan. Chasing a target of 287, de Lead and Vikramjit Singh lost Max O’Dwyer early on, but both scored half-centuries. But at the end of the day, the experience of The Pakistan cricketers won against the enthusiasm of the Netherlands. The Dutch innings was bowled out with 9 overs to spare. The 1992 champions opened the account of this World Cup 2023 (ICC World Cup 2023) by winning by 81 runs.
Babar Azam reached the spot with the efforts of Mohammad Rizwan and Saud Shakeel. But the Netherlands failed to win the match chasing a target of 287 runs. Bas de Leede (4/62, 67) tried to fight alone in both divisions. But with the ball, most of the rest of the Netherlands batsmen surrendered helplessly in front of Harris Rauf, Hasan Ali, and Shaheen Afridi. As a result, the Pakistan Cricket Team won the first match of the World Cup by 81 runs.
Pakistan openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman, as well as Babar Azam, failed miserably after losing the toss and electing to bat first. Against each, the Dutch bowlers came out with the right plan. At one point, Pakistan lost 3 wickets for 38 runs. There was a fear that their innings would soon be wrapped up.
But Pakistan’s two middle-order batsmen Mohammad Rizwan (68) and Saud Shakil (68) did not allow that to happen. Neither got a hundred but Pakistan’s wicketkeeper made Pakistan’s innings and Shakil attacked from the opposite direction. As a result, they have overcome the initial disaster and reached a decent place. But Pakistan started losing wickets at regular intervals as the 120-run partnership between the two broke. Mohammad Nawaz (39), Shadab Khan (32), and Haris Rauf (16) then tried desperately to take Pakistan to 286. But they failed to bat for 50 overs.
Netherlands team didn’t get off to a bad start. Opener Vikramjit Singh (52) scored a half-century, batting aggressively first and slow at the next. The partnership between him and Dutch star Boss de Lid was quite strong. But as soon as Vikram returned to the team of 120 runs, the decline of the Netherlands began. Bas de Leede (67) also played an outstanding knock with the bat after a stellar performance with the result. But get some help from the other side. As a result, the Dutch were bowled out for 205 runs.
Haris Rauf top-scored for Pakistan with three wickets. The Netherlands’ batters have struggled to handle his pace. Hasan Ali also took two wickets. Shaheen Afridi took a wicket but gave away some extra runs. Mohammad Nawaz Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed took one wicket each. Pakistan won the match, but the Netherlands once again showed how weak their top order and lower middle order are today. At the same time, Bais de Lead also made it clear that Pakistan’s bowling will be under pressure if attacked.
Dominant showing in our first #CWC23 outing 👏
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 6, 2023
World Cup 2023, PAK vs NED Scorecard:
Pakistan: 286 (49 overs)
Netherlands: 205 (41 overs)
Pakistan won the match by 81 runs.