Pakistan clinch series after beating Netherlands in 2nd ODI


Pakistan have won the second ODI against Netherlands by seven wickets to clinch the three-match series. Chasing a target of 187 runs, Pakistan reached home in 33.4 overs while losing only three wickets. Mohammad Rizwan and Agha Salman scored unbeaten fifties for the visitors.

Captain Babar Azam also scored his second consecutive fifty in the series after adding 57 runs in 65 balls. Earlier, Pakistan dismissed the Netherlands for 186 in the second one-day international in Rotterdam on Thursday as Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz took three wickets apiece.

Bas de Leede (89) and Tom Cooper (66) struck battling half-centuries to lift the Dutch from 8-3 but only one other batter passed double figures for the hosts.

Naseem Shah removed Vikramjit Singh in the second over as the teenage opener edged behind and Max O’Dowd followed when he drove Rauf straight to captain Babar Azam at mid-off.

The 38-year-old Wesley Barresi was bowled by Naseem for three, two days after scoring just two in his first international innings since 2019.

De Leede and Cooper set about restoring order and put on 109 for the fourth wicket.

Cooper hit seven fours and two sixes before falling for 66 when he offered left-arm spinner Nawaz a simple return catch. His dismissal precipitated the loss of three quick wickets, with captain Scott Edwards caught behind off Nawaz for five and Teja Nidamanuru going in the same manner without scoring after glancing Rauf down the legside. Logan van Beek holed out to Naseem on the long-off boundary for 13 to give Shadab Khan his first wicket.—AP


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