New Delhi. In the second match of the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023, Pakistan started its campaign on a high note by winning over Netherlands by 81 runs. With this victory, Pakistani captain Babar Azam created history in India. Actually, Babar Azam has become the first Pakistani captain to win the World Cup in India. Yes, before this no Pakistani captain had failed to register victory in the World Cup in India. Batting first in the match against Netherlands, the Pakistani team was bundled out for 286 runs. After this, they won the match by restricting the opposition team to 205 runs. The hero of Pakistan’s victory was Saud Shakeel who played a brilliant inning of 68 runs.
Pakistan had earlier played two World Cup matches in India. For the first time in 1996, Pakistan had come to play a World Cup match on Indian soil. That World Cup was jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. During that time, Pakistan was defeated by 39 runs in the quarter-finals against India.
After this, in the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup which was jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Team India led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni defeated Pakistan by 29 runs and entered the finals.
Talking about Pakistan vs Netherlands match, this match was nothing special for Babar Azam and his team’s batsmen. The Pakistani team, which came to bat first after losing the toss, did not have a good start. The Men in Green lost three key wickets in the form of Fakhar Zaman (12), Babar Azam (5) and Imam Ul Haq (15) for just 38 runs. After this, Mohammad Rizwan and Saud Shakeel definitely managed the team by playing innings of 68-68 runs, but their entire team could not even last 50 overs against Netherlands.
Pakistan defended the score of 286 runs on the basis of its strong bowling. During this, Haris Rauf shone for the Men in Green, who took three important wickets and helped Netherlands wrap it up early.
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