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Pakistan defeated the Netherlands easily by six wickets to maintain their limited chances of making it to the Men’s T20 World Cup semifinals.

T20: Pakistan beat Netherlands to avoid the elimination

Mohammad Rizwan, the team’s opener, struck 49 off 39 balls to help them defeat 92 with 37 balls remaining in the game of T20. In Perth, the Netherlands scored a plodding 91-9, with spinner Shadab Khan claiming 3-22 and Colin Ackermann scoring 27.

In order to advance, Pakistan must defeat South Africa on Thursday and Bangladesh the following Sunday.

The Netherlands is out after suffering their third straight loss, which dropped them below Pakistan in Group 2. Prior to this, Bangladesh advanced to the top two with a thrilling victory over Zimbabwe, who are still in the running for qualification.

“It is always going to be difficult to defend because it was 90 on a decent wicket.”

The Netherlands’ batting was weak throughout. With 63 dot balls in the innings, it was a lackluster performance, and no batter appeared to be at ease.

After being struck by Haris Rauf in the helmet grille and suffering a severe cut on his cheekbone, Bas de Leede was forced to withdraw on play number six. Logan van Beek was sent in as a replacement due to a concussion.

The Pakistani seamers’ quickness proved difficult for them to handle, as Mohammad Wasim bowled Tim Pringle and Fred Klaassen in quick succession with brilliant yorkers.

By the narrowest of margins, he was prevented from getting a hat-trick when the ball sailed between his leg stump and Paul van Meekeren’s right leg. Shadab was brilliant, picking up two lbw dismissals with a stump-to-stump line of bowling. The leg-spinner currently has six tournament wickets and 20 in 2022 T20 international matches.

In overall, our batting was fairly bad, according to Scott Edwards, the captain of the Netherlands. After the powerplay, we were around 15 and never really recovered.

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