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06-Oct-2023 16:02:00 GMT
Pakistan vs Netherlands - 2nd Match, Hyderabad

Pakistan beat spirited Netherlands in World Cup

Pakistan 286 (Shakeel 68, Rizwan 68, de Leede 6-62) beat Netherlands 205 (de Leede 67, Vikramjit 52, Rauf 3-43) by 81 runs

Hyderabad: Pakistan overcame a spirited Netherlands to claim an 81-run win in their World Cup opener at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Friday.

Pakistan were bowled out for 286 off 49 overs, with both Saud Shakeel and Muhammad Rizwan scoring 68.

The Netherlands reached 120-2 as they started well in their chase, but stalled after losing four wickets for 38 runs in the middle overs.

All-rounder Bas de Leede took 4-62 and hit 67, but his fine efforts were in vain as his side finished 205 all out.

Pakistan had slipped to 38-3 early on, with captain Babar Azam falling for just five, before Shakheel and Rizwan put on a vital stand of 120.

De Leede struck twice in the 32nd over to drag his side back into contention, before claiming two wickets in two balls in the 44th over to break a partnership of 64 between Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz.

Netherlands opener Vikram Singh made a gutsy half-century in reply, but De Leede struggled for support from the middle and lower order as Pakistan's experienced bowling attack withstood the pressure, led by seamer Haris Rauf's 3-43, with the Dutch dismissed off 41 overs.

The Netherlands play New Zealand in their next fixture on Monday, while Pakistan face Sri Lanka the following day.

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