NED versus PAK: Babar Azam was in fine touch as Pakistan beat Netherlands in the principal ODI.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam hit a radiant thump of 74 in the primary ODI against the Netherlands in Rotterdam. Pakistan got having a hard time before Babar and Fakhar Zaman sewed a 168-run organization of 170 balls, and assisted their group with posting a sum of 314 for six out of 50 overs. While Fakhar hit a run-a-ball 109, Babar cut out a 74-run thump, hitting six limits and a six. Babar was excused in the wake of confounding a conveyance from Dutch paceman Logan van Beek.

Pakistan won the throw and chose for bat on a hot and damp day at the VOC cricket ground outside the Dutch harbor city in the first of a three-match series.

The home bowlers at first contained Pakistan’s batting, with the guests losing their most memorable wicket, that of dangerman Imam-ul-Haq, lbw to paceman Vivian Kingma in the 6th over for a careful two off 19 balls.

However, Zaman and Azam at last set free and put on an organization of 168 off 170 balls before Azam was trapped in a delicate excusal when he confused a shot into the holding up hands of Tom Cooper at mid-off.

Zaman was excused two overs some other time when he was splendidly expired by Dutch chief and wicketkeeper Scott Edwards off a pin-point precise toss by Bas de Leede at profound mid-wicket.

Pakistan looked set for a bigger complete however the Dutch bowlers did well to confine them on a lazy pitch, with the twist bowling of youths Aryan Dutt and Tim Pringle bringing on some issues.

The Dutch let themselves down in the field however and dropped a few gets, Kingma outstandingly bobbling a high ball to hand Zaman a life saver when he was on 43.

Netherlands verged on causing a resentful, yet were in the end confined to 298/8.

Opener Vikramjit Singh hit 65, while Tom Cooper additionally enrolled a similar score. Skipper Scott Edwards stayed unbeaten on 71 off 60 conveyances, yet getting the hosts over the line was sufficiently not.

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Pacers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah took three wickets each for Pakistan.

With AFP inputs

By Martin