NED vs PAK 1st ODI: Babar Azam’s Pakistan managed to edge previous hosts Netherlands by simply 16 runs within the first ODI in Rotterdam on Tuesday (August 16). The guests elected to bat first after successful the toss and posted a formidable 314/6 because of opener’s spectacular 109 and skipper Babar, who scored 74.
Babar regarded good to attain his 18th ODI century and placed on 168 runs for the second wicket with Zaman however was dismissed by Logan van Beek for 74 off 85 balls. Opener Zaman departed quickly after, scoring his seventh ODI century off 105 balls with 10 fours and a six.
It was left to all-rounder Shadab Khan and Agha Salman to offer the ending touches to the innings. Shadab blasted an unbeaten 48 off 28 balls with two sixes and 4 fours whereas Agha Salman scored 27 not out off 16 balls with three fours. Shadab and Agha placed on 48 runs for the third wicket within the final 4 4 overs of the innings.
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For the hosts, Bas de Leede was the decide of the bowlers, claiming 2/42 in 10 overs. All-rounnder Logan van Beek additionally picked up two wickets however went for 89 runs in his 10 overs.
Netherlands of their chase gave Pakistan an actual scare. Skipper Scott Edwards top-scored with an unbeaten 71 off 60 balls with one six and 6 fours whereas opener Vikramjit Singh and Tom Cooper scored 65 every.
Pakistan pacers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah picked up three wickets every because the customer edged house by 16 runs. Pakistan now leads the three-match ODI sequence 1-0 and can play the second ODI on Thursday (August 18).
Temporary Scores: Pakistan 314/6 (Fakhar Zaman 109, Babar Azam 74, Bas de Leede 2/42) bt Netherlands 298/8 (Scott Edwards 71 n.o., Tom Cooper 65, Vikramjit Singh 65; Naseem 3/51) by 16 runs