First ODI: Pakistan beat Netherlands by 16 runs

First ODI: Pakistan beat Netherlands by 16 runs

Rotterdam (Web Desk): Pakistan defeated the Netherlands in the first one-day international (ODI) of three-match series in Rotterdam on Tuesday.

Batting first, Pakistan scored 314 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in allotted 50 overs.

Team Green lost quick wickets before Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam had put on a strong partnership for the first game against the Netherlands.

Star player Babar Azam departed after scoring 74 runs, while Fakhar slammed a ton with 109. 

Earlier, the duo had added 168 runs for the second wicket for the visitors.

In reply, Netherlands could score 298 for the loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs.

The Dutch displayed A-game as they gave a solid fight back to Men in Green who hardly save the first game of series.

Set to chase a big total of 315 runs, the Netherlands lost a couple of wickets earlier but opener Vikramjit Singh and Tom Cooper rescued the home side.

Despite a valiant run chase, the hosts finished on 298-8 against a spirited Pakistani team, backed by a myriad of vocal supporters.

Squads

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah

Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Scott Edwards (captain), Wesley Barresi, Tom Cooper, Teja Nidamanuru, Max O'Dowd, Bas de Leede, Tim Pringle, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Vivian Kingma