Shaiza, Mahewish sparkle in Pak~~s win

Published: Sunday, April 15, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan continued its winning streak with its five-wicket win over Netherlands in the fourth One-day International on Saturday. Pakistan leads the seven match series 4-0. Pakistan skipper Shaiza Khan won the toss for the third time in a row and elected to field. Put into bat Netherlands made a steady start with its opening pair putting up 38 runs for the first wicket before Rabia Khan caught opener Tanke of Shaiza for 15 runs. Soon after Koster was run out for 19 adding just six runs for the second wicket. The third wicket fell adding 28 runs in the form of captain Pauline te Beest was bowled by Kursheed Jabeen. H Rambaldo joined Salomons and put up 25 runs for the fourth wicket. Rambaldo was caught by Uzma bowled by Shaiza for 14 taking the score to 91 for the loss of four. Then came the best partnership of this series for Netherlands of 82 runs for the fifth-wicket in eighteen overs between Salomons and C Rambaldo talking the score 173. Shaiza Khan struck again to break the partnership of the fifth-wicket breaking the stumps of C Rambaldo (25). Then came Leeuwen to join Salomons and added up 28 runs for the sixth-wicket taking the score to 195 for six before being bowled by Shaiza who seemed to be in good bowling form. The Netherlands innings folded up at 204 for eight in its 50 overs, a far better batting performance from the previous three One-day Internationals in this series. Salomons top scored with 89 runs and C Rambaldo Making a good contribution of 25 runs. Pakistan skipper Shaiza Khan was easily the best bowler for Pakistan claiming five wickets for 38 runs with one maiden in her 10 overs. Pakistan started well and had some good partnerships to take them home to 205 comfortably loosing only five wickets. Pakistan had a good start from its openers who had put on 59 runs. Opener Zehmurad Afzal was out lbw to Oudolf in the 13 over. Rabia Khan who came as number three batsmen joined the other opener Mahewish Khan who was well settled by then. Both of them together put up a partnership of 69 runs before Mahewish fell to Hartenhof caught by Salmons taking the score to two for 118. Kiran Baluch who came in as number four batsmen was run out for three by Koster taking the score to 130 for three. Incidentally Kiran ran out Koster. Soon the score read 136 for four when Rabia Khan (19) was out, caught by te Beest of Salmons. A steady partnership of 53 runs between Sajjida and Batool for the fifth wicket put made sure Pakistan victory easier. Sajjida Shah (27) was trapped lbw by Hartenhof when the score was 189. Batool Fatima (22) and Khursheed Jabeen (3) were at the crease when Pakistan reached to its target loosing five wickets, still 2.5 overs to spare. Like the previous matches Netherlands has helped Pakistan through to its victory by conceding 53 extras making the target easier. Hartenhof was successful in taking two wickets for Netherlands giving away 51 runs in nine overs. Even though Shaiza Khan once again performed well by taking five wickets in this match, Mahewish Khan (69 in 72 balls), who top scored the in Pakistan innings, was awarded the player-of-the-match.

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