Haris Rauf took three wickets Pakistan’s bowlers dismissed Netherlands for 205, however the Dutch put up a courageous battle of their opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Pakistan have opened their ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 marketing campaign with an 81-run win over Netherlands however not earlier than a decided Dutch aspect gave Babar Azam’s group a scare on the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad.
Quick bowler Haris Rauf took three wickets to wrap up the Dutch innings in 41 overs within the south Indian metropolis on Friday.
All-rounder Bas de Leede shone for Netherlands as he top-scored for his aspect with 67 runs after taking 4 wickets earlier on.
Dutch opener Vikramjit Singh scored 52 runs and was concerned in a 70-run partnership with De Leede that threatened handy Pakistan a shock loss of their first recreation.
Pakistan’s quick bowlers, together with Rauf, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi took six wickets between them to present their aspect a profitable begin to the match.
Spinners Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz took one apiece.
Earlier, Pakistan have been bowled out for 286 in an innings that featured half-centuries from Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Rizwan.
De Leede completed with 4-62 to convey the Netherlands again into the sport after Shakeel struck a pretty 52-ball 68 and Rizwan’s 75-ball 68 had boosted Pakistan after they have been despatched in to bat.
Netherlands justified the choice to bowl first as pacer Logan van Beek had out-of-form opener Fakhar Zaman caught and bowled for 12 within the fourth over.
Spinner Colin Ackermann then claimed the prized wicket of Pakistan skipper Babar Azam for 5 earlier than Paul van Meekeren dismissed Imam-ul-Haq for 15 to go away Pakistan tottering at 38-3.
Shakeel and Rizwan – enjoying their first World Cup match – steadied the innings with a strong 120-run stand for the fourth wicket however three wickets fell within the house of 24 balls for 30 runs.
Pakistan have been additional lifted as Mohammad Nawaz (39) and Shadab Khan (32) added 64 for the seventh wicket however De Leede dismissed Shadab and Hasan Ali off successive deliveries.
Nawaz was run out within the forty seventh over earlier than Haris Rauf’s dismissal off Ackermann completed the innings in 49 overs.