Pakistan made a winning start to their ODI World Cup campaign with a comprehensive 81-run victory over the Netherlands.
Pakistan kicked off their 2023 ODI World Cup campaign with a comfortable 81-run win over the Netherlands in Hyderabad on Friday. Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Rizwan scored crucial half-centuries before bowlers produced an all-round effort to shoot out the Dutch for 205 in 41 overs.
Pakistan’s win was a welcome start to their World Cup campaign, after they had a disappointing 2019 tournament. They will be looking to build on this momentum and challenge for the title in this year’s competition.
How the Match Unfolded
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a good start, with Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman putting on a 70-run partnership for the first wicket. However, Zaman was dismissed for 30, and Pakistan lost two more wickets in quick succession.
Shakeel and Rizwan then came together to rebuild the innings. They put on a 120-run partnership for the fourth wicket, which helped Pakistan to recover. Shakeel was eventually dismissed for 68, but Rizwan went on to score 74.
Pakistan finished their innings on 286 for 9, which was a good total on a slow pitch.
The Netherlands got off to a bad start in their chase, losing their top three wickets cheaply. Vikramjit Singh and Bas de Leede tried to revive the innings with a 70-run partnership for the fourth wicket. However, once Singh was dismissed for 52, the Netherlands wickets fell in a heap.
Pakistan’s bowlers were excellent, with Haris Rauf leading the way with three wickets. Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, and Mohammad Nawaz also picked up two wickets each.
The Netherlands were eventually bowled out for 205 in 41 overs, giving Pakistan a comprehensive 81-run victory.
Pakistan’s Key Performers
There were a number of key performers for Pakistan in the match.
- Saud Shakeel: Shakeel scored a 68-ball 68, which was a crucial innings for Pakistan after they had lost early wickets.
- Mohammad Rizwan: Rizwan scored a 74-ball 74, which helped Pakistan to post a good total on the board.
- Haris Rauf: Rauf was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with three wickets. He bowled with good pace and accuracy, and he made it difficult for the Netherlands batsmen to score runs.
- Shadab Khan: Khan took two wickets and was also very economical. He bowled with good control, and he kept the Netherlands batsmen under pressure.
- Shaheen Afridi: Afridi took two wickets and also bowled a number of maiden overs. He bowled with good pace and swing, and he made it difficult for the Netherlands batsmen to get him away.
Pakistan’s win over the Netherlands was a good start to their World Cup campaign. They will be looking to build on this momentum and challenge for the title in this year’s competition.
Pakistan have a strong team, with a good balance of batting, bowling, and fielding. They also have a number of experienced players, such as Babar Azam, Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi.
Pakistan will be one of the favorites to win the World Cup this year. They have a good team, and they will be confident of their chances. However, they will need to be at their best to beat the other top teams in the tournament.
While Pakistan’s win over the Netherlands was comfortable, there were a few areas where they could improve.
One area where Pakistan could improve is their batting in the middle order. This is an area where Pakistan will need to be more solid in the knockout stages of the tournament.
Another area where Pakistan could improve is their fielding. They dropped a few catches in the match, which could have proved costly against a better team.
Overall, Pakistan’s win over the Netherlands was a good start to their World Cup campaign. They will be looking to build on this momentum and challenge for the title in this year’s competition.