Netherlands restores pride, bows out 3-4

Published: Monday, April 23, 2001, 23:45 [IST]
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Karachi: Netherlands scripted a spirited fight back, albeit a lost cause, to narrow down the margin to 3-4, after being down 0-4 against Pakistan. Captain Pauline te Beest and Caroline Salomons, respectively, helped Netherlands win the last two encounters of the seven-match series with a sterling all-round performance. Needing 157 to post its second victory in the sixth match of the series, skipper Pauline te Beest compiled a brilliant 90 to steer her side to a six-wicket win. Pauline also chipped in with a couple of wickets, earlier in the day, which helped her bag the player-of-the-match. For Pakistan none of its player managed to get a big score with the highest being 22 by Shaiza Khan. Extras was the highest contributor with 64. In the last and final encounter, Netherlands posted an impressive 204 after having put into bat. Caroline Salomons chalked up a scintillating 79 of 85 deliveries. Opener Rambaldo and skipper Beest pitched in with 30 and 33, respectively. In reply Pakistan was bowled out for 185, Salomons once again getting into the act by picking up three crucial wickets. Salomons was declared the player-of-the-match. For Pakistan Shaiza Khan top scored with 38. Pakistan won the series 4-3.

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