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T20 World Cup 2022, Gr 2, NED v PAK: Shadab's 3-22 hands Pak their first T20I win in Australia

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022, Super 12, Group 2, Netherlands vs Pakistan: Shadab Khan's 3-22, Brandon Glover's 2-22 and Pakistan pacers' combined 5-55 are top performances. Pakistan beat Netherlands by 6 wickets at Perth in Super 12s game; register first win.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022, Super 12, Group 2, Netherlands vs Pakistan: Shadab Khan took 3-22 and got player of the match against Netherlands | Walking Wicket (Source_ ©Getty Images)
Shadab Khan took 3-22 and got POTM (Source: ©Getty Images)

Brief Scores: Netherlands 91-9 (Ackermann 27, Edwards 15, Shadab 3-22) lost to Pakistan 95-4 (Rizwan 49, Fakhar 20, Glover 2-22)

Player of the Match – Shadab Khan (3-22)

Pakistan finally get the balance of their squad right with Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Wasim in the playing XI. Their pace battery bowled superbly and utilised the bounce available at the Perth Stadium in the way it should have ideally been done. For Pakistan, the concern still remains their scratchy batting line up as they lost four wickets chasing a mediocre 91 runs.

For Netherlands, its done and dusted as far as the T20 World Cup 2022 is concerned with the only positive being the batting of Max O’Dowd in round one. In this game, they succumbed to Pakistan’s pace & bounce and the spin of Shadab Khan.

Match 29 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 was a virtual knock out for both the participants, Pakistan and Netherlands, in Perth. One thing was certain before the start of the game that at least one team will open their account in the Super 12 stage.

While Pakistan were yet to win a single T20I match in Australia in their 17 years of playing T20 cricket, Netherlands have won one already. Head-to-head, Pakistan and Netherlands have just played one T20I before in the 2009 World Cup, where Pakistan had won.

Netherlands captain Scott Edwards won the toss and elected to bat first in Perth. For Netherlands, Stephan Myburgh, Brandon Glover, Roelof van der Merwe were back in the playing XI. Pakistan brought back Fakhar Zaman in place of Haider Ali.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022, Super 12, Group 2, Zimbabwe v Pakistan_ Mohammed Wasim took 4-24 against Zimbabwe; ZIM beat PAK _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©PCB_Twitter)
Mohammed Wasim took 2-15 against Netherlands (Photo: ©PCB/Twitter)

Pakistan skittle out Netherlands for 91

Pakistan were quick to get inroads into the Netherlands batting lineup as Shaheen Shah Afridi was finally back amongst the wickets after two innings. This was the first time ever in Shaheen’s T20I career that he had gone wicketless in two consecutive innings where he had bowled his full quota of four overs.

Netherlands were striking at almost three runs per over and the pressure was building on them constantly. Shadab Khan then did further damage as he picked three wickets in his spell of four overs giving just 23. Netherlands were struggling at the half-way mark with just 34 runs on the board with three wickets down. Haris Rauf a