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T20 WC PIX: Pakistan keep semis hopes alive with win over Netherlands

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Last updated on: October 30, 2022 16:09 IST
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Images from the T20 World Cup Super 12 match between Pakistan and Netherlands, in Perth, on Sunday.

Shadab Khan

IMAGE: Pakistan’s Shadab Khan celebrates the wicket of Tom Cooper of the Netherlands. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Pakistan were once again scrappy with the bat but managed to eke out a six-wicket victory over the Netherlands in the T20 World Cup in Perth on Sunday to keep their slim semifinal hopes alive.

The Dutchmen found Pakistan's world class pace attack too hot to handle on a bowlers' friendly Optus Stadium track, managing only 91 for 9 in their 20 overs.


Bas de Leede

IMAGE: Bas de Leede of the Netherlands walks off the field. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

One of the batters, Bas de Leede (6) retired hurt after being hit below the eye by a snorter from Haris Rauf.

The target of 92 was never going to be an issue for Pakistan but even then it took them 13.5 overs to complete 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 also getting the better of Zimbabwe in a thriller, Pakistan's chances of remaining alive in the tournament increased.

Naseem Khan

IMAGE: Naseem Shah celebrates the wicket of the Netherlands’ skipper Scott Edwards. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

The full credit for this win will go to the bowlers, who hardly put a foot wrong on the day as Shaheen Shah Afridi (1/19 in 4 overs) and Naseem Shah (1/11 in 4 overs) choked the run flow in the Powerplay and the Dutch could never break the shackles.

Mohammed Wasim (2/15 in 3 overs) was very brisk during the back end while Shadab Khan reaped the fruits of this relentless pressure by the speed merchants with best figures of 3/10.

Bas de Leede

IMAGE: Netherlands' Bas de Leede sits with teammates after receiving stitches in a cut after he was hit while batting. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

For the Dutch, the kind of extreme pace that they faced on the day isn't something that they are accustomed to at the Associate level.

It was inevitable that they couldn't really manage to get on top of the bowling as Powerplay overs yielded only 18 runs. It was ball hitting the bat rather than other way round.

De Leede got a nasty one from Rauf and was on all fours before he had to be rushed off the field. One saw a big swelling under his right eye as he walked off the field.

The short ball also played into the psyche of the batters as Colin Ackermann's run-a-ball 27 was their top score. The only other batter to reach double figures was skipper Scott Edwards (15 off 20 balls).

Such was the domination of the Pakistani pace attack that the Netherlands managed a cumulative total of only five boundaries in 20 overs.

Mohammad Rizwan

IMAGE: Mohammad Rizwan receives medical attention. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

While batting, Babar Azam's (4) run-out was unfortunate as he couldn't beat a direct throw from from former Proteas spinner Roelof van der Merwe (playing for his country of birth) while Fakhar Zaman (20 off 16 balls) smashed three fours before Edwards took a diving catch off seamer Brandon Glover's delivery.

But Rizwan completed the chase with minimum fuss.

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