Pakistan launched their 50-over Cricket World Cup journey with an 81-run triumph against a determined Netherlands team, who momentarily posed a threat of an upset. Pakistan, batting first, was dismissed with one over to spare, managing just 286 runs, which put them at risk of an initial loss. The Netherlands reached 120-2 but couldn’t capitalize on their strong beginning, falling significantly short of 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.
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.

Cricket World Cup 2023: Pakistan Survive Netherlands Scare, Win Opener by 81 Runs in Hyderabad

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 Pakistan’s victory in the 41st over when he dismissed Paul van Meekeren with his bowling, leaving the Netherlands with an 82-run deficit from their target.

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

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