Pakistan will take on the Netherlands in the second match of the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in Hyderabad on October 6.
Pakistan were bowled out for a total of 286 runs in 49 matches against the Netherlands. Their innings was powered by two big partners, the fourth and seventh wickets respectively. Bas de Leede played for the Netherlands with his 4/62.
No team has scored more than 280 runs against Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup.
Match 2: Pakistan 286 (49) vs Netherlands
After the middle period, the Netherlands maintained control with a string of wickets. Sensing the need for a change of pace in Pakistan’s scoring run, Scott Edwards summoned off-spinner Aryan Dutt back into the attack in the 29th over. The adjuster immediately dismissed the dangerous Shakir (68). Shakir took a sweep but then checked his shot in the final seconds. Eventually, the left-hander flicked the ball towards mid-wicket where it was caught by Saqib Zulfiqar.
Soon after, Mohammed Rizwan was bowled by de Leede, who hit him straight on top of his stumps. Delied also sent out the dangerous Iftikhar Ahmed in the same over. At the end of the 32nd over, Pakistan was 6 runs behind.
Pakistan’s scoring rate took a hit despite late attempts by the team to rebuild the innings once again. Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan took some time to adapt before improving their scoring rate. Their 64 runs came off 70 balls. Finally, Delied cleared Shadab in the 44th inning to end the game. Delied further weakened Pakistan by trapping heavyweight Hassan Ali off the next ball.
Pakistan added 34 runs in the last two wickets but failed to complete their quota of overs. After scoring 143/3 in the middle overs, Pakistan scored exactly the same in the next 24 overs while also losing the remaining wickets.
Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq found things tough on the pitch at the start of the innings, with the ball holding on to the line at times and going to other balls in turns. Edwards’ bowling combination was excellent, with him alternating spinners like Aryan Dutt and Colin Ackermann, as well as Logan van Beek and Paul The crafty pace of Paul van Meekeren.
The result was three important wickets in the Powerplay overs. Fakhar was first out and scored 12 runs after giving a catch to van Beek. Babar’s stay at the crease was unsatisfactory as the batsman was caught by the Dutch spinner. His pull on Ackerman was mistimed and fell for five. Imam was the last one out, bowling too many balls and giving a nice catch at leg to Aryan Dutt in the 10th over.
An attacking approach was adopted by the fourth pair of Rizwan and Shakir to get the game moving again and were successful in the initial stages of the second power play. Between 11-20 overs, Pakistan scored just under one run. There was a clear change in tactics, especially from Shakir, who looted many boundaries to reach his half-century off just 32 balls. This is Pakistan’s second-fastest fifty in the history of the Men’s Cricket World Cup.
The duo scored a 100-run partnership in the 25th over.
Netherlands captain Scott Edwards made the right call in the match as the Netherlands chose to play Babar Azam’s Pakistan. Edwards took the call as he believed the wicket might come easy under lights. In the ODI format, Pakistan defeated Netherlands 6-0 to achieve a perfect head-to-head record.
Abdullah Shafique featured in the pre-World Cup warm-up games but did not earn a place as Pakistan fielded their usual front three, including Fakhar Zaman , Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam. On the bowling front, pacers Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf are supported by Hassan Ali, while Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz are the spinners.
While the Netherlands may not have their biggest names, they have shown their mettle in the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup qualifiers. The Netherlands are not counting on one particular name and that was reflected in their recent win, with all players contributing in the game. European teams are bolstered by the fact that they have many well-rounded options in their lineups.
Imam Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakir, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shah Dabu Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf
Vikramjit Singh, Max O’ Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (c) (wk), Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren