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Third time’s the charm as Pakistan finally get off the mark in World Cup 2022 with win over Netherlands – Sport



Pakistan’s bowlers, led by spinner Shadab Khan, helped them hammer the Netherlands by six wickets in Perth on Sunday for a first win at the Twenty20 World Cup which kept their faint hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.

Pakistan restricted the Dutch to 91-9, and then cruised to 95-4 with 37 balls to spare as Mohammad Rizwan made 49.

But it was the bowlers set up victory for a side that lost their opener to India and then were shocked by Zimbabwe in Group 2.

Shadab returned figures of 3-22 and pace bowler Mohammad Wasim took two wickets to set the tone for their team’s domination against a Dutch side who are out of the semi-final running after losing a third straight Super 12 match.

“Very happy. Performed very well in the bowling and in the batting,” Pakistan captain Babar Azam said after the team’s first-ever T20 victory in Australia.

“In my opinion, we could chase better than this. But a win always gives you confidence. We’ll try to do our best in the next matches and win.”

Pakistan lost Azam, for four, in the second over of their chase when he was run out by a direct throw from Roelof van der Merwe.

But Rizwan attacked from the start, hitting five fours and putting on 37 with the returning Fakhar Zaman.

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