Pak scores four wicket win over Netherlands

Published: Thursday, April 12, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan won its second One-day International match against Netherlands by four wickets at National Stadium on Wednesday, April 11. Pakistan leads 2-0 in the series. Pakistan won the toss and elected to field. Netherlands started its innings on a bad note loosing its first wicket in Koster (0) in the second over when the score was just seven. It looked as though the second wicket partnership was trying to consolidate the innings before Shaiza Khan broke the 33-run partnership when the score was on 34. And soon the Netherlands top batting order collapsed to the bowling of Shaiza Khan. It lost three quick wickets and was soon on five for 68. But the sixth wicket partnership of 27 between Viguurs (58 not out) and Oudolf (13) and 20-run and 25-run partnerships of eighth and ninth wicket put Netherlands in a better position at the end of the innings. Netherlands scored 160 runs for the loss of eight wickets in its stipulated 50 overs. Shaiza Khan was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers claiming a five-wicket haul giving away 35 runs in her 10 overs. For Netherlands Viguurs top scored with 58 not out. Once again Netherlands lost half the match due to its extras. In this match it has crossed its previous match record of 66 extras and given away 73 extras. Pakistan also started its innings on a bad not as it lost its first wicket in the second over when the score was on eight, Shaiza Khan (5) was run out by Oudolf. And then it lost its second wicket, Zehmurad Afzal (8) when the score was at 20. The third-wicket partnership of 40 runs between Rabia Khan and Kiran Baluch put them back on the winning track before Rabia Khan (8) was out lbw to Oudolf when the score was at 60. Then it lost its fourth wicket, Kiran Baluch (29) when the score was at 85. Then there were two good fifth and sixth wicket partnerships between Sajjida Shah and Kursheed Jabeen and between Sajjida Shah and Mahewish Khan, which took Pakistan through to its second One-day International victory. Pakistan reached its target of 161 losing six wickets and still one over and three balls to spare. Sajjida Shah (11), player-of-the-match for the first One-day match, was not out along with Sharmeen Khan not out (1) at the end of the innings. For Netherlands Oudolf and Simons picked up two wickets each. Shaiza Khan was awarded the-player-of-the-match' for her five-wicket haul.

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