T20 World Cup: Pakistan beat Netherlands to avoid elimination

ICC Men’s World Cup T20 Group 2, Perth
Netherlands 91-9 (20 overs): Ackermann 27 (27); Shadab 3-22, M Wasim 2-15
Pakistan 95-4 (13.5 overs): Rizwan 49 (39); Glover 2-22
Pakistan won by six wickets
Scorecard. Paintings

Pakistan kept alive their slim hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Men’s T20 World Cup with a comfortable six-wicket win over the Netherlands.

Chasing 92 for victory, they won with 37 balls to spare, opener Mohammad Rizwan hitting 49 off 39 balls.

Holland posted a torrid 91-9 in Perth, with Colin Ackerman scoring 27 and Sandhab Khan taking 3-22.

Pakistan have to beat South Africa on Thursday and Bangladesh next Sunday and hopefully the results will carry over.

The Netherlands are out, with a third straight defeat dropping them down in Group 2, one place below Pakistan.

Earlier, Bangladesh moved into the top two with a dramatic win over Zimbabwe, who are also able to qualify.

From start to finish Holland’s batting was poor.

It was a tepid display, with 63 wickets in the innings, and neither batsman looked comfortable.

Bas de Leede was forced off at six after being hit on the helmet by Haris Rauf, resulting in a huge cut to his cheekbone, and was replaced by substitute Logan van Beek.

They struggled to cope with the pace of Pakistani seamers, Mohammad Wasim bowling Tim Pringle and Fred Klaassen in consecutive balls with excellent yorkers.

He was denied a hat-trick by the best of margins as the ball went between Paul van Meekeren’s leg stump and right leg.

Shadab was impressive, bowling from stump to stump to take two lbw dismissals. The leg-spinner now has six wickets in the tournament and 20 in T20 internationals in 2022.

Netherlands captain Scott Edwards said: “Overall our batting was very poor. We were down to 15 or so after the powerplay and never recovered.

“It was 90 on a decent wicket, so it’s always going to be difficult to defend.”

There was another setback for Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who was run out by Roeloef van der Merwe for four, meaning he has scored just eight runs in three games.

Fakhar Zaman, who came into the side and made 20, and Rizwan, who bowled beautifully, including two wonderful straight drives, were left behind by Brandon Glover and Van Meekeren.

Shan Masood was caught at deep third with the score level as Pakistan started to breed after a quick start. But they finally got the win they needed to continue their tournament when Shadab drove to the cover boundary.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam said: “I am very happy with the performance with bat and ball.

“We could have chased down the score without losing three or four wickets. But a win always gives you confidence and we take good things into our next matches.”

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