With a comfortable 81-run victory over the Netherlands on Friday, HYDERABAD, INDIA-Pakistan, began their World Cup campaign. Bas de Leede, the Dutch all-arounder, put on an impressive performance.
Before dismissing their opponents for 205 in 41 overs, the 1992 champions defeated their rivals 286 to a resounding 68 each from Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Rizwan.
Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, expressed his satisfaction with the outcome.
” We got off to a good start and took wickets in the middle, credit to the bowlers.” While batting, we lost three wickets, but Rizwan and Shakeel’s approach eliminated that.
De Leede put up a valiant fight against Pakistan, taking 4 – 62 to thwart Pakistan’s attempt to score heavily after taking the field at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.
De Leede then scored a polished 68-ball 67 with two sixes and six boundaries to start his team’s innings.
However, the Dutch, who were 120-2 at one point, fell apart after he was clean-bowled by spinner Mohammad Nawaz in the 34th.
Before de Leede and opener Vikramjit Singh led the recovery with a 70-run stand for the third wicket, the Netherlands lost Max O’Dowd( five ) and Colin Ackermann( 17 ).
Before pacer Haris Rauf eliminated Teja Nidamanuru( five ) and rival captain Scott Edwards without scoring to finish with 3 – 43, Singh, who hit four boundaries and a six, holed out to spinner Shadhab Khan.
Logan van Beek extended the resistance by hitting three boundaries and a six in his run-a-ball 28. However, Rauf dismissed Paul van Meekeren for seven, giving his team the victory.
It’s somewhat depressing. Edwards remarked,” We did well on the field and in the bowl.
” At 120-2, we thought we had a good chance.” In all three areas, de Leede excels as a cricket player. We simply needed someone to be with him because his innings was fantastic.
Fast bowler van Beek’s out-of-form opener Fakhar Zaman caught and bowled for 12 in the fourth over, which helped the Netherlands earlier justify their choice to bowl first.
Before van Meekeren dismissed Imam-ul-Haq for 15 and left Pakistan teetering at 38-3, spinner Ackermann claimed the prized wicket of Azam for five.
In their first World Cup match, Shakeel and Rizwan maintained the innings with a solid 120-run fourth-wicket stand, but three wickets fell in 24 balls for 30 runs.
Before De Leede bowled Rizwan and had Iftikhar Ahmed for nine, Shakeel, who scored nine boundaries and a six, missed sweeping off spinner Aryan Dutt.
Rizwan exceeded eight goals.
Nawaz( 39 ) and Shadab( 32 ) added 64 for the seventh wicket, lifting Pakistan even further. However, De Leede knocked Hasan Ali and Hashad Ali off successive deliveries.
Before Ackermann’s dismissal of Rauf ended the innings in 49 overs, Nawaz was run out in the 47th over.