Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf set up easy win for Pakistan
After a tiny wobble, half-centuries from Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Agha Salman make short work of the 187-run chase to seal the series 2-0
Pakistan 191 for 3 (Rizwan 69*, Babar 57, Salman 50*, Kingma 2-32) beat Netherlands 186 (de Leede 89, Cooper 66, Rauf 3-16, Nawaz 3-42) by seven wickets
An all-round performance from Pakistan ensured there wouldn’t be a repeat of the nervy finish of the first ODI, crushing Netherlands by seven wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Wickets all around for every frontline Pakistan bowler hobbled Netherlands throughout their innings and skittled them out for 186 in 44.1 overs. Only a 109-run partnership between Bas de Leede and Tom Cooper demonstrated any fightback, but aside from that, just one man – and two partnerships – managed to get out of the single digits.
The early loss of the openers gave Pakistan a small scare, but half-centuries from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan put them back on course, before a brisk cameo from Agha Salman applied the finishing touch, Pakistan getting home with 16.2 overs to spare.
Winning the toss and batting first on a used pitch, Netherlands found themselves under intense pressure straightaway. None of the inconsistent, lackadaisical bowling performance from the first game was on evidence from Pakistan as Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah emerged flying out of the blocks, reducing the home side to 8 for 3 inside four overs.
Netherlands win toss, elect to bat against Pakistan
Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in second ODI game.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 18, 2022
Netherlands : Vikramjit Singh, MP O’Dowd, W Barresi, BFW de Leede, TLW Cooper, SA Edwards, AT Nidamanuru, LV van Beek, TJG Pringle, A Dutt, VJ Kingma
Pakistan : Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Agha Salman, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah.
Pakistan are criticized wrong here for slowing things up. I agree that the need of attacking now a days but these guys area playing for the first time in Netherlands. Given an alien conditions and opposition they made a decent score. Today is the day they might go bonkerss
Its a very good opportunity for Pakistan to try Rizwan as opener with Imam. Fakahr at 3 then babar. Its not going to hurt to try as Rizwan performs best at the top in limited overs.