Who Won? Pakistan Vs Netherlands | 2nd Match of World Cup 2023 – 6 Oct Match Performance, Scores Update

Yasoob Ul Haq

Pak Vs Netherlans Match 2

The 2nd game of the World Cup, Pakistan Vs Netherlands match held at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Oct 6, 2023.

Pakistan faced difficulty during the start, as they lost three top batsmen in the first 10 overs. Anyway, Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Rizwan helped the team by scoring 120 runs together for the fourth wicket. Shakeel tried to get points by shooting quickly, but he was not successful. However, Rizwan was able to score the same number of points.

Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz also made important contributions, and Pakistan was eventually dismissed for 286 runs in 47. 5 overs.

Let’s have a look at the playing XI of both teams;


Team NetherlandsTeam Pakistan
Scott Edwards (C) (wk)Babar Azam (C)
Max O’DowdShadab Khan (VC)
Bas DE LeedeMohammad Rizwan (wk)
Vikram SinghFakhar Zaman
Teja NidamanuruHaris Rauf
Paul van MeekerenShaheen Shah Afridi
Colin AckermannIftikhar Ahmad
Roelof van der MerweImam-ul-Haq
Logan van BeekAbdullah Shafique
Aryan DuttHasan Ali
Ryan KleinSaud Shakeel

Pakistan utilized a really good team of bowlers who were able to defeat the Netherlands in the match. Haris Rauf played a big role in the middle overs by taking wickets. He continuously dominated the game, making it difficult for the Netherlands team to win.

The Netherlands did not look safe during the first part of the game. Especially, when they started with a tricky spin that troubled Pakistan’s left-handed openers. Fakhar Zaman couldn’t throw the ball back to Logan van Beek. But the Dutch team got an even bigger advantage when they took two wickets in just five balls. Babar Azam failed to hit a long bounce from Colin Ackermann and hit the ball up to the fielder near midwicket. Then, a bouncer from Paul van Meekeren bounced high on Imam-ul-Haq, who caught it near the leg area.

Pakistan Partnership

But Pakistan’s cricket team struggled when their top-order plan was rejected. However, they managed to rescue the situation and take control of the game when their score was 38 for 3. Saud Shakeel, who was added to the World Cup team late, played exceptionally well and had a great performance. He batted alongside the reliable Mohammad Rizwan, which helped the team’s overall score. It started to take energy from the Netherlands slowly and soon, they started scoring runs and boundaries.

Team Pakistan previously thought Saud was not suitable for shorter matches. He quickly scored a half-century in just 32 balls, without taking any risks. Additionally, whenever the batsmen hit the strong, it went straight down the middle of the field. But the players moved perfectly when facing the spinners. The innings were really impressive and incredibly successful. Shortly, they formed a 100-partnership, and Pakistan was in charge again.

Saud Batting

Afterward, he made a mistake on his first shot, hitting the ball with the edge of his toe. The ball flew into the air and Aryan Dutt succeeded in catching it. Suddenly, the Netherlands regained their strength. Shortly, after Rizwan batted, he was trapped by an impressive delivery from de Leede. He also dismissed Iftikhar Ahmed in the same over.

It was a strong 64-run partnership between Pakistan’s spin-bowling allrounders Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan. This helped them recover in the game, reaching 250 runs. They ensured that they had a target to defend with their bowling. However, the Netherlands, especially de Leede, continuously took wickets, preventing Pakistan from using all of their opportunities to bat. Eventually, they managed to dismiss Pakistan after they scored 286 runs in 49 overs.

The Netherlands started well even though Max O’Dowd had some early bad luck. Hasan Ali hit him with a shorter ball that went to fine leg. But Vikramjit Singh fought back against Pakistan and made sure his team took advantage of the beginning of the game. Ackermann recently joined him and Iftikhar quickly took a flight with his bat that departed early.

The lack of determination by the Dutch team was a common topic during their innings. However, the partnership between the two players for the third wicket nearly caused Pakistan to be scared. Leede took over as the main attacker, replacing Singh. He hit a six off Nawaz, showing his clear intentions. Singh had a short calm moment in the middle and struggled with his timing. He regained his confidence because of de Leede. He hit Shadab a six shortly and the Netherlands started to put on more pressure.

But as soon as he reached fifty runs, he got out to a high bouncing delivery from Shadab. The shot was good, but it didn’t go as planned because it hit the cow-corner defender’s foot. After that, the game started to go out of the Dutch team’s control. De Leede had a steady performance while batting comfortably and elegantly. However, Rauf, who returned to bowl for a short period in the middle overs, took two wickets in three balls quickly to break through the Dutch team’s innings. Teja Nidamanuru hit a quick ball towards midwicket before the captain, Scott Edwards, got out by being caught in front of the stumps. Haris could have easily scored a third run if Iftikhar had not dropped an easy catch at the first slip. However, no matter what, Pakistan was winning the game now.

Netherlands Batsman

De Leede remained stuck to his aggressive nature which makes him an exciting player to watch. He hit Rauf for a six with after a dangerous delivery and scored his 50th run. However, Logan van Beek was greatly hindered by a hamstring problem. Shaheen helped Saqib Zulfiqar leave the battlefield before Nawaz successfully got de Leede out by hitting his off-stump.

Van Beek appeared to be standing and communicating, and he attempted to do so for a little while, especially during a final partnership with van Meekeren. The Netherlands were sure to score more than 200 runs. The loss was reduced to a small margin of only two digits. Undoubtedly, Rauf took the final wicket by removing van Meekeren with a bail-trimmer, ensuring Pakistan a flawed, but potentially decisive victory. There are a lot of chances for change. With two main goals and a good net run rate, they have three days to make it happen before they play against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad.


Pakistan Batting

Fakhar Zaman 1215143080.00
Imam-ul-Haq 1519402078.94
Babar Azam (c)518200027.77
Mohammad Rizwan 68751048090.66
Saud Shakeel 68528491130.76
Iftikhar Ahmed 911221081.81
Mohammad Nawaz 3943664090.69
Shadab Khan 3234422194.11
Hasan Ali 012000.00
Shaheen Shah Afridi 13122320108.33
Haris Rauf 16141021114.28

Netherlands Bowling

Aryan Dutt1004814.80377020
Logan van Beek603015.00204010
Colin Ackermann813924.87261200
Paul van Meekeren604016.66165020
Bas de Leede906246.88229030
Roelof van der Merwe603606.00142101
Vikramjit Singh201608.0053000
Saqib Zulfiqar201507.5032000

Netherlands Batting

Vikramjit Singh 5267974177.61
Max O’Dowd 512241041.66
Colin Ackermann 1721243080.95
Bas de Leede 6768926298.52
Teja Nidamanuru 59101055.55
Scott Edwards (c)022000.00
Saqib Zulfiqar 1018241055.55
Roelof van der Merwe 47180057.14
Logan van Beek 28283631100.00
Aryan Dutt 1260050.00
Paul van Meekeren 712171058.33

Pakistan Bowling

Shaheen Shah Afridi703715.28265020
Hasan Ali713324.71316040
Haris Rauf904334.77335120
Iftikhar Ahmed301615.3371000
Mohammad Nawaz703114.42232100
Shadab Khan804515.62231210

I'm Yasoob-Ul-Haq a UK Safety Certified Chemical Engineer and a highly skilled Content Writer having two years of writing experience on different types of interesting and competent niches. I prefer target oriented work to meet timelines.

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