Pakistan played its 3rd ODI against Netherland on Sunday 21st August in Hazelaarweg Stadium Netherlands. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat on a cool and slightly overcast day on a sticky wicket. It was troubling at times troubled for both the Dutch and Pakistani batters. Naseem Shah achieves his maiden fifer in the 3rd ODI against the Netherlands.
Netherlands fall of wickets
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 Azam — the world’s top-ranked ODI batsman — when the Pakistan captain was on 91 and seemed set for his 18th ODI century. Azam pushed the ball into the air with Dutt diving and taking a brilliant one-handed catch for his 10th one-day international wicket. 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 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 Zaman 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 Shah claimed his scalp with a ball that nipped back, hitting the top of his middle stump.
Batting wise we can say that Baber Azam and bowling Naseem Shah led Pakistan to victory against Netherland. Making Pakistan (3-0) and winning the Series.
Naseem Shah’s Maiden Fifer
Naseem Shah achieved his maiden fifer by taking Five Wickets. The batters who he dismissed were Max O’D, Musa Ahmad, and Scott Edwards who’s the Captain of the Netherlands team. The fourth was Teja Nidamanuru and the last was Logan Van Beek.
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