After two final-ball losses, Pakistan register their first win on the T20 World Cup.
Pakistan trounced the Netherlands by six wickets to maintain their Twenty20 World Cup marketing campaign alive, bouncing again to register their first win of the event after last-ball defeats in opposition to Zimbabwe and India.
Pakistan restricted the Dutch to 91-9 after being requested to bowl first, after which cruised to 95-4 on Sunday with 37 balls to spare as Mohammad Rizwan top-scored with 49.
Rizwan wasted no time in kick-starting Pakistan’s reply, peeling 11 runs off the primary over.
Captain Babar Azam, who’s but to hit his straps with eight runs from three matches, was run out for 4 when Roelof van der Merwe at mid-on nailed a direct hit.
Quick-bowler Brandon Glover had Fakhar Zaman caught behind for 20 as a ten,000-plus crowd, dominated by Pakistan supporters, feared for the worst at a venue the place Pakistan fell quick by one run of their chase of a modest 130 in opposition to Zimbabwe on Thursday.
India-South Africa is an enormous recreation for Pakistan who’re within the unusual place of wanting India to win. An Indian victory lifts Pakistan’s probabilities of qualifying to round 23% however a South Africa win sees that fall to fifteen%. #T20WorldCup
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) October 30, 2022
Rizwan and Shan Masood calmed the nerves with a stand of 30 and regardless of each falling close to the tip, Pakistan sailed previous their goal as bowling hero Shadab Khan hit the successful 4.
“The final couple of video games … we performed nice cricket however nonetheless we didn’t end the sport however as we speak we completed the sport,” stated man-of-the-match Shadab.
“All of the bowlers bowled nice, as a result of [the opening bowlers] put stress on within the powerplay and [the batters] should try to hit me and I’ll get the chance to take wickets.”
It was the bowlers who arrange victory for a facet that misplaced their opener to India after which had been shocked by Zimbabwe in Group 2.
Shadab returned figures of 3-22 and tempo bowler Mohammad Wasim took two wickets to set the tone for his or her workforce’s domination in opposition to a Dutch facet who’re out of the semi-final operating after shedding a 3rd straight Tremendous 12 match.
Returning Dutch opener Stephan Myburgh broke the shackles with a boundary off Shaheen Shah Afridi solely to fall subsequent ball, caught at positive leg making an attempt one other large hit to be out for six. There was no respite from the Pakistan fast bowlers.
Wasim took two wickets in two balls just for Paul van Meekeren to outlive the hat-trick supply, and Haris Rauf made good use of the bounce on provide.
Pakistan now must win their remaining matches in opposition to South Africa on Thursday and Bangladesh in per week’s time – and want different outcomes to go their method – to have any likelihood of a semi-final place.