In the 2023 World Cup match between Pakistan and the Netherlands, Pakistan won by 81 runs. Bas de Leede, the Netherlands all-rounder, took 4 wickets and scored 67 runs. But that was not enough for the Netherlands. For Pakistan, Mohammad Rizwan (68) and Saud Shakeel (68) innings stabilization efforts after losing three early wickets were their shining moments.
Saud Shakeel scored 68 runs off 52 balls in his first World Cup, earning him Player of the Match honors. In their World Cup opening game against the Netherlands, Pakistan scored a total of 286. Three wickets were lost in the first 10 overs for Babar Azam’s team, but they produced quite a commendable comeback after that.
Scott Edwards chose to bowl first in Hyderabad after winning the toss. Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi returned to Pakistan’s starting lineup. Shakeel, a middle-order batsman, scored 50 runs in just 32 balls, whereas Babar Azam was out after 18 deliveries for just 5 runs.
Highlights Of The Match
Pakistan defeated the Netherlands by 81 runs on Friday, October 6, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Bas de Leede, who first took four wickets for 62 runs with the ball before keeping the Men in Orange for a significant portion of their run chase, led the Dutch, the only associate nation to participate in the World Cup, and they put on a spirited effort. De Leede top scored with 67 off 68.
After being given the opportunity to bat first by Scott Edwards, who won the toss and decided to field, Pakistan did lose early wickets. But in the middle of Pakistan’s first encounter with India in seven years, the duo of Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Rizwan really saved the day. Shakeel and Rizwan both made 68, scoring them off 52 and 75 respective deliveries.
Each of Babar Azam’s six bowlers was among the wickets when the ball was in their hands, demonstrating a true team effort. The chief wrecker was Haris Rauf, who ultimately finished with a 3 for 43 total. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shadab Khan all took one wicket each, while Hasan Ali took two for 33.