Pakistan beat Netherlands by 16 points in 1st ODI
Pakistan won the toss and elected to strike first. Only at 3-0 after four overs, it got worse for the visitors to 10-1 in six overs after Vivian Kingma’s first wicket claimed the leg of Imam-ul-Haq (2) before the wicket on dismissal by the Netherlands.
Fly-half Fakhar Zaman led the recovery with 109 points on 109 balls, including 12 fours and a six, before being exhausted. Zaman and captain Babar Azam (74 from 85) shared a 168-run partnership for the second wicket, and Shadab Khan then crushed an unout 28-48 as Pakistan went a tough 314-6 aggregate.
Dutch pacer Bas de Leede took 2-42 in 10 overs.
In response, the Netherlands went closer with 298-8. Dutch captain Scott Edwards was not out on 71 of 60 balls. Fly-half Vikramjit Singh and No.5 Tom Cooper both had 65 runs apiece. Cooper scored at a much faster rate, requiring 54 deliveries for his 65 to Singh’s 98 balls.
Indian point guards Haris Rauf (3-67) and Naseem Shah (3-51) did most of the damage.
The second of three ODI matches will take place in Rotterdam on Thursday.
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