Pakistan keep semi-final hopes alive with scrappy win over Netherlands

Pakistan had been as soon as once more scrappy with the bat however managed to eke out a six-wicket victory over the Netherlands within the T20 World Cup right here on Sunday to maintain their slim semifinal hopes alive.

The Dutchmen discovered Pakistan’s world class tempo assault too scorching to deal with on a bowlers’ pleasant Optus Stadium observe, managing solely 91 for 9 of their 20 overs. One of many batters, Bas de Leede (6) retired damage after being hit under the attention by a snorter from Haris Rauf.

The goal of 92 was by no means going to be a problem for Pakistan however even then it took them 13.5 overs to finish the chase with ICC’s No. 1 ranked T20 batter Mohammed Rizwan managing 49 off 39 balls at an unimpressive strike-rate of 125.64. With Bangladesh additionally getting the higher of Zimbabwe in a thriller, Pakistan’s possibilities of remaining alive within the match elevated.

The complete credit score for this win will go to the bowlers, who hardly put a foot incorrect on the day as Shaheen Shah Afridi (1/19 in 4 overs) and Naseem Shah (1/11 in 4 overs) choked the run movement within the Powerplay and the Dutch may by no means break the shackles. Mohammed Wasim (2/15 in 3 overs) was very brisk through the again finish whereas Shadab Khan reaped the fruits of this relentless strain by the pace retailers with finest figures of three/10.

For the Dutch, the form of excessive tempo that they confronted on the day isn’t one thing that they’re accustomed to on the Affiliate degree.

It was inevitable that they couldn’t actually handle to get on prime of the bowling as Powerplay overs yielded solely 18 runs. It was ball hitting the bat slightly than different means spherical. De Leede obtained a nasty one from Rauf and was on all fours earlier than he needed to be rushed off the sphere. One noticed an enormous swelling underneath his proper eye as he walked off the sphere.

The brief ball additionally performed into the psyche of the batters as Colin Ackermann’s run-a-ball 27 was their prime rating. The one different batter to achieve double figures was skipper Scott Edwards (15 off 20 balls). Such was the domination of the Pakistani tempo assault that the Netherlands managed a cumulative whole of solely 5 boundaries in 20 overs.

Whereas batting, Babar Azam’s (4) run-out was unlucky as he couldn’t beat a direct throw from from former Proteas spinner Roelof van der Merwe (taking part in for his nation of delivery) whereas Fakhar Zaman (20 off 16 balls) smashed three fours earlier than Edwards took a diving catch off seamer Brandon Glover’s supply. However Rizwan accomplished the chase with minimal fuss


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