Pakistan joined Afghanistan in third place with 100 points in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 Super League with 16 runs victory over the Netherlands in the first ODI on Tuesday.
Two more wins in Rotterdam this week would take Pakistan to 120 points and guarantee a place in next year’s ICC World Cup 2023 event, regardless of how their remaining two series against New Zealand and Afghanistan end.
Pakistan: 314-6, 50overs
Opener Fakhar Zaman scored his seventh century in his 60th ODI, the first in ten matches, Baber Azam scored 74, Apart from Fakhar and Baber, Shadab Khan joined the run-feast as he scored an unbeaten 48 off 28 balls. Debutant Salman Ali Agha was unbeaten on 27 and added 48 runs for the seventh wicket in 25 balls with shadab. Khushdil Shah scored 21 runs off 18 balls.
Bowling Performance: Fast bowlers Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Muhammad Wasim Jr, and spin bowler Muhammad Nawaz shared eight wickets to restrict the hosts to 298-8.
Haris Rauf 3-67, Naseem Shah 3-51, Muhammad Waseem Jr 1-55, and Muhammad Nawaz 1-35.
The Netherlands: 298-8, 50overs
Singh Scored 65 on 98 balls including five fours, while cooper scored 65 on 54 balls including six fours and two sixes as the two batsmen added 97 runs for the further wicket. Edwards proved resilient in the latter part of the Netherlands chase, finishing unbeaten on 71 off 60 balls that included six fours and a six, and his fighting effort was enough to get the home side over the line was not.
Bowler Kingma, Van Beek, and de Leede shared five wickets.
Kingma 1-61, van Beek 2-89, de Leede 2-42.
In second match of the series will be played on Thursday while the final match of the tour will be on Sunday.
Pakistan beat the Netherlands by 16 runs
Player of the match: Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan) 109(109)