Babar, Naseem star as Pakistan edge Dutch to sweep ODI series

Published August 22, 2022
ROTTERDAM: Pakistan cricketers pose with the trophy after sweeping the One-day International series against the Netherlands at the Hazelaarweg Stadium on Sunday.—courtesy PCB
ROTTERDAM: Pakistan cricketers pose with the trophy after sweeping the One-day International series against the Netherlands at the Hazelaarweg Stadium on Sunday.—courtesy PCB

ROTTERDAM: Captain Babar Azam and fast bowler Naseem Shah starred as Pakistan edged the Netherlands by just nine runs in the third and final One-day International here at Hazelaarweg on Sunday.

The Netherlands were all out for 197 in the last over in which they had needed 14 runs for a first-ever victory over Pakistan.

Tight bowling had restricted Pakistan to 206 all out with Babar top scoring with 91.

In reply, Tom Cooper (62) and Vikramjit Singh (50) top scored for the Dutch but teenage fast bowler Shah, with 5-33, proved key as Pakistan swept the series 3-0.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat on a cool and slightly overcast day on a sticky wicket which at times troubled both the Dutch and Pakistani batsmen.

Dutch paceman Vivian Kingma struck early when he sent the bails flying with his first ball in the second over, dismissing opener Abdullah Shafique.

Wickets continued to fall as Pakistan edged to 150-5 by the 40th over.

Up-and-coming Dutch youngster Aryan Dutt took the crucial wicket of Babar — the world’s top-ranked ODI batsman — when the Pakistan captain was on 91 and seemed set for his 18th ODI century.

PAKISTAN captain Babar Azam plays a shot as Netherlands wicket-keeper Scott Edwards looks on.—courtesy PCB
PAKISTAN captain Babar Azam plays a shot as Netherlands wicket-keeper Scott Edwards looks on.—courtesy PCB

Babar pushed the ball into the air with Dutt diving and taking a brilliant one-handed catch for his 10th one-day international wicket.

Babar, together with dangerman Fakhar Zaman (26), put on a 55-run partnership which proved crucial in the end.

The Dutch batsmen replied with veteran Cooper scoring a third consecutive half-century and rising youngster Singh carving his third international half-a-century off 85 deliveries.

The lower order steered the Netherlands within reach of a famous victory, but last man Dutt fell to a full-toss, bowled by young paceman Mohammad Wasim, who took 4-36, in the final over.

Pakistan’s big breakthrough came when they removed Cooper for 62 in the 46th over.

Cooper, going for a big hit to try and ease the pressure, got a leading edge, sending the ball high into the air, taken brilliantly by Fakhar who had to run a long way from deep midwicket for a diving catch.

Teja Nidamanuru hit a plucky 24 off 32 balls before Naseem claimed his scalp with a ball that nipped back, hitting the top of his middle stump.

Pakistan pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi, who suffered a knee injury during a Test series against Sri Lanka last month, did not play any game in Rotterdam.

The left-armer was on Saturday ruled out of the T20 Asia Cup being staged in the UAE from Aug 27 to Sept 11 and the home T20 series against England scheduled for Sept 20-Oct 2.

Scoreboard

PAKISTAN:

Abdullah Shafique b Kingma 2

Fakhar Zaman b van Beek 26

Babar Azam c & b Dutt 91

Agha Salman c van Beek b Shariz 24

Khushdil Shah run out 2

Mohammad Haris c Cooper b de Leede 4

Mohammad Nawaz c van Beek b de Leede 27

Mohammad Wasim c Edwards b de Leede 11

Naseem Shah c van Beek b Kingma 3

Zahid Mahmood run out 9

Shahnawaz Dahani not out 0

EXTRAS (W-7) 7

TOTAL (all out, 49.4 overs) 206

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-3 (Abdullah), 2-58 (Fakhar), 3-104 (Salman), 4-122 (Khushdil), 5-135 (Haris), 6-168 (Babar), 7-191 (Nawaz), 8-192 (Wasim), 9-206 (Zahid)

BOWLING: Dutt 10-1-34-1, Kingma 5.4-1-15-2 (1w), de Leede 9-0-50-3 (4w), Cooper 8-0-33-0 (1w), Shariz 8-0-41-1, van Beek 9-1-33-1 (1w)

NETHERLANDS:

V. Singh c Haris b Wasim 50

M. O’Dowd c Salman b Naseem 3

M. Ahmed b Naseem 11

B. de Leede c Haris b Wasim 5

T. Cooper c Fakhar b Wasim 62

S.Edwards b Naseem Shah 6

T. Nidamanuru b Naseem 24

L. van Beek c Nawaz b Naseem 8

S. Ahmad run out 5

A. Dutt b Wasim 5

V. Kingma not out 1

EXTRAS (B-1, LB-5, W-11) 17

TOTAL (all out, 49.2 overs) 197

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-10 (O’Dowd), 2-26 (Musa), 3-37 (de Leede), 4-108 (Vikramjit), 5-116 (Edwards), 6-172 (Nida­manuru), 7-174 (Cooper), 8-189 (Van Beek), 9-191 (Shariz)

BOWLING: Naseem Shah 10-0-33-5 (5w),

Dahani 10-0-37-0 (2w), Wasim 9.2-0-36-4 (2w), Salman 2-0-5-0, Zahid 8-0-39-0, Nawaz 10-1-41-0 (2w)

RESULT: Pakistan won by nine runs.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Naseem Shah

SERIES: Pakistan won the three-match series 3-0.

Published in Dawn, August 22nd, 2022

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