Friday, December 8, 2023

Pakistan Team All Out Against Netherlands, Set Target of 267 Runs

In the first match of the tournament for both sides, Netherlands won the toss and chose to bowl against Pakistan at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. The Netherlands have been efficient in the powerplay in ODIs this year and they continued that trend, dismissing Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq within the first 10 overs.

Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Rizwan have since steadied the innings for Pakistan. The pair went on to dominate the Dutch for the rest of the first half of the innings, eventually getting to their respective half centuries. Shakeel got there in just 32 balls, which is the second fastest half century by any Pakistan batter in the history of he World Cup. The pair put up 120 for the fourth wicket off just 114 balls before Shakeel fell.

However, there was another procession after that with Bas de Leede dismissing Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed shortly thereafter. Pakistan were back to being in a shaky spot before Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz shored things up. The pair ended up putting more than 50 runs for the seventh wicket. Pakistan were eventually all out for a score of 286.

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