Cricket World Cup 2023: Pakistan Survives Netherlands Scare, Wins Opener by 81 Runs in Hyderabad

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Pakistan kicked off their Cricket World Cup 2023 campaign with a hard-fought 81-run win over a determined Netherlands team that momentarily posed a threat of an upset. Pakistan, batting first, managed to post a total of just 286 runs before being bowled out with an over remaining, putting themselves at risk of an opening-match loss. The Netherlands showed promise by reaching 120-2 but struggled to maintain their strong start, falling significantly short of a victory.

Pakistan saw off a spirited challenge from the Netherlands to begin their Cricket World Cup campaign with an 81-run victory.
Babar Azam’s side batted first and were bowled out with an over to spare for 286 runs.
It gave Netherlands a chance of pulling off a shock upset but it wasn’t to be as they were bowled out for 205 in 41 overs.

Pakistan looked in serious trouble when they lost three early wickets, falling to 38-3 before Muhammad Rizwan and Saud Shakeel both top scored with 68 runs, combining for 120 from 114 deliveries.
Rizwan was eventually dismissed by Bas de Leede, who twice took two wickets in an over for a four-wicket haul.

Cricket World Cup 2023: Pakistan Survives Netherlands Scare, Wins Opener by 81 Runs in Hyderabad

That left Pakistan on 182-5, and the lower order failed to build on that momentum, giving the Dutch side hope they could secure a famous win.

In response, Netherlands raced to 120-2 before Vikram Singh fell for 52, which sparked a middle-order capitulation.
Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards and Saqib Zulfiqar put on just 15 runs between them before De Leede was bowled by Mohammad Nawaz on 67.

Haris Rauf played a pivotal role in securing victory for Pakistan in the 41st over when he dismissed Paul van Meekeren with his bowling, leaving the Netherlands trailing by 82 runs from their target.

In their upcoming matches, the Netherlands will go up against New Zealand, while Pakistan is set to face Sri Lanka.

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