AUSTRALIA: Shadab Khan scored the winning run as Pakistan beat the Netherlands by six wickets at the T20 World Cup, in Perth on Sunday. The Netherlands won the toss and decided to bat first.
Stephan Myburgh and Max O’Dowd opened the innings for the Netherlands, but they started losing wickets as soon as the game started. Right from the beginning, Pakistan took the reins into their hands.
The Netherlands managed to score only 19 runs in the power play. After 8.1 overs, NED was 26 -3, and in a sense, they were 4 batsmen down as de Leede got a nasty blow from Haris Rauf’s bouncer and was out of the field.
At the end of the 10th over, NED was 34-3, and as half of the overs passed, they needed a good partnership from here to fix a respectable total.
A brief partnership was built between Ackerman and Edwards, but just before the 15th over, Ackerman (27) also lost his wicket, leaving Netherlands 68-4 with the last 5 overs left.
After Ackerman’s dismissal, Netherlands lost wickets at a rapid pace. They only managed to score 23 runs in the last 5 overs, and lost 5 wickets in it (91-9).
For Pakistan, Shadab Khan remained the peak of the bowlers taking 3 wickets, and Wasim took 2 wickets while Afridi, Shah, and Rauf each took one wicket.
Rizwan and Babar opened the innings for Pak and were looking aggressive from the start of the inning. However, Babar got run out soon, and at the end of the power-play, Pak was 41-1.
Opening batsman Rizwan plays quite well, and at the end of the 10th over, Pak only needed 19 runs in 60 balls.
Pak won the game in the 13th over, and in the process, they lost four wickets. Rizwan scored 49 runs, and Zaman scored 20 runs.
This was Pakistan’s first victory in the tournament. From the Netherlands’ side, Ned Glover took 2 wickets.