Pakistan successfully fended off the Dutch challenge in Hyderabad, emerging victorious by beating the Netherlands by 81 runs. The Netherlands displayed remarkable resilience, keeping Pakistan on their toes throughout the match, which was a commendable feat. Restricting Pakistan to 286 with their bowling performance was a significant achievement. The Dutch innings started promisingly, with its Vikramjit Singh displaying fluent stroke play and capitalizing on loose deliveries.
O’Dowd & Ackerman’s contributions were modest, but Bas de Leede, a versatile performer, once again showcased his talent. Partnering with Vikramjit, they laid the groundwork for a potential historic chase. Leede & Singh both reached their half-centuries as part of a 70-run stand. But when Singh fell, the Dutch middle order failed to provide support for De Leede, who eventually fell for 67, with Scott Edward’s side losing their last 8 wickets for 85 runs as they were bowled out for 205.
An 81-run win is a big boost for Pakistan’s net run rate. Haris Rauf had the last laugh in the battle between him & Dutch pacer Paul van Meekeren. Van Meekeren had hit Rauf for a four after he was hurried by a bouncer previously. But later on, Rauf cleaned up the Dutch paceman. The scores were: Pakistan: 286 all out in 49 overs and Netherlands: 205 all out in 41 overs.
Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Rizwan played pivotal roles in Pakistan’s innings, both scoring 68, while Bas de Leede took 4-62, showcasing a remarkable all-round performance. In the Netherlands’ innings, Bas de Leede scored 67 off 68 balls, and Vikram Singh added 52 off 67 balls, while Haris Rauf took 3-43. The Netherlands, while showing initial promise, were dismissed for 205 while chasing 287, slipping notably from 120-2 in the 24th over after key wickets were taken by Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf. De Leede, who had previously showcased his talent by bagging five wickets and scoring 123 against Scotland in the qualifying tournament, continued to shine in this match, albeit in a losing cause. Looking forward, Pakistan will face Sri Lanka in their next match, while the Netherlands will confront New Zealand, who had a dominant opening win against England.