World Cup: Pakistan beat Netherlands by 81 runs - reaction (2024)

Callum Matthews, Ffion Wynne and Sam Drury

All times stated are UK

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    Time for us to leave it there for today.

    I'll leave you with Ffion Wynne's report as Pakistan start their World Cup campaign with a win over the Netherlands.

    There will be a World Cup Daily podcast available to listen to later, and you can scroll back through this page for some of the best clips and reaction from both camps.

    Saturday sees the first double header as Bangladesh play Afghanistan in Dharamsala from 06:00, before South Africa v Sri Lanka in Delhi from 09:30.

    There will be ball-by-ball radio commentary of both games, and text and video clips from the latter.

    See you then.

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    World Cup: Pakistan beat Netherlands by 81 runs - reaction (1)

    Ryan Campbell

    Former Netherlands coach on BBC Test Match Special

    Being in a 10-team World Cup was a massive tick for the Netherlands. It's now about what they can get out of it.

    Are they happy to lose but lose OK? That is very commendable but they've got to keep wondering and asking the hard questions about are they learning?

    Are they getting moments but not finding the right answers in those moments. Those key moments are what you learn from.

    It's a wonderful learning curve, they have to keep competing.

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    Here's the winning moment, including a little send off for Paul van Meekeren from Haris Rauf.

  4. 'Rizwan-Shakeel stand put pressure on Netherlands'

    Pakistan captain Babar Azam: "The way Hyderabad have supported, we're very happy and the team has enjoyed their hospitality.

    "I'm pretty satisfied. All credit to the bowlers, they started well and then we were able to take wickets in the middle and put pressure on them.

    "We lost three wickets early but the way Mohammad Rizwan and Saud Shakeel started gave us momentum.

    "The century partnership then put pressure on the Netherlands. I liked the way Saud built his innings, he's improved a lot."

    On the fast bowlers: "Our bowlers are bowling very well. We stuck to our plans in the first 10 overs, then Haris came on and bowled very quickly."

  5. 'De Leede could be very, very special'

    An all-rounder is worth gold. A guy who can bat in the top six, bowl 10 overs, maybe open the bowling if you want or come on first change.

    We've seen Ben Stokes, Shane Watson in his time but these guys don't come along too often.

    Bas de Leede is to the Netherlands what those players are. He completes them.

    Now that he's playing county cricket and is also on the world stage, what I think you're going to see is the emergence of a very talented young cricketer that everyone around the world is going to want to have a piece of.

    He could be very, very special.

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    De Leede then also batted really well for 67, playing some glorious strokes.

    The 23-year-old just lacked support from the rest of the Netherlands batting line-up and the pressure eventually told on him.

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    As Scott Edwards mentions, Bas de Leede again showed his quality and continued to improve his reputation.

    He took 4-62 from his nine overs, but picked up some really important wickets too, including Muhammad Rizwan.

  8. 'Probably one that got away'

    Netherlands captain Scott Edwards: "It is a little bit disappointing. I thought we bowled and fielded really well, but to Pakistan's credit they made a few runs at the end. We felt it was about a par score and at 120-2 we felt we were well and truly in the game."

    On Aryan Dutt opening the bowling: "It was instinct. So many of our batters bowl quality spin, alongside our pace bowlers, so there is plenty of options in our team."

    On Bas De Leede: "He is a quality cricketer, isn' he? It is all three departments. I thought he bowled exceptionally well and his innings was awesome. We just needed someone to go with him."

    On a potential injury for Logan van Beek: "Yeah, he is [a key player]. I haven't spoken to him, no, but he was pretty keen to get out there. We'll assess in the next few days."

    Thoughts on the game: "It is probably one that got away. We were in a pretty good position to win that. We know they have quality bowlers but they took a few wickets in the middle and that held us back."

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    The partnership of 120 between Muhammad Rizwan and Saud Shakeel ended up being the difference between the two sides.

    Even though Pakistan then lost three more quick wickets, the partnership had given them a solid base to add late-innings run from.

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    World Cup: Pakistan beat Netherlands by 81 runs - reaction (3)

    James Franklin

    Former New Zealand all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    The Netherlands today have made notice to the rest of tournament that they are not just here to make up the numbers, they're here to compete.

    They had their moments through the course of this game. They'll be a sense of disappointment in the Netherlands group and a sense of relief in the Pakistan camp.

    Pakistan have been challenged, they haven't got it quite right at times but they've found a way to get through and win pretty convincingly in the end.

    But I don't think the scorecard reflects the whole game.

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    It feels quite a long time ago now that Pakistan were reduced to 38-3.

    They got away with it today, but would they against a better team than the Netherlands?

    It will concern coach Mickey Arthur and captain Babar Azam.

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    World Cup: Pakistan beat Netherlands by 81 runs - reaction (4)

    Abhishek Jhunjhunwala

    Former IPL batter on BBC Test Match Special

    You've got to peak at the right time. There's no point peaking right at the start and then fading away.

    But Pakistan had lost their last four matches so it was very important for them to get the win and build that self belief.

    Pakistan are always going to be a dangerous team, especially in the subcontinent.

  13. 'I followed my basics'

    Player of the match Saud Shakeel: "I was very pleased with my performance. I tried to follow my basics and be positive and score runs for the team.

    "There were nerves there, especially with just three down, but I was fortunate that I got early boundaries. We spoke about being positive and the pressure would move to the Netherlands and that happened.

    "The last two or three months I have been working on my game. I know I am going to bat at five for Pakistan so I've been trying to improve my attacking options and be brave to use them."

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    World Cup: Pakistan beat Netherlands by 81 runs - reaction (5)

    Abhishek Jhunjhunwala

    Former IPL batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Overall, it's been a good performance from Pakistan.

    They'll be happy with their win. It's a long tournament and you want to start well.

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    World Cup: Pakistan beat Netherlands by 81 runs - reaction (6)

    Nikesh Rughani

    BBC Test Match Special commentator

    Leg stump out of the ground. Pakistan finally wrap up this game.

    A trademark Haris Rauf delivery to finish things off.

    They've had a couple of scares along the way but it's turned out to be a routine victory in the end.

  16. BreakingPakistan win by 81 runs

    A good start for Babar Azam's side.

    They were far from perfect with bat, or in the field, but a comfortable win to start.

    It is one that will give them a healthy net run-rate too of 0.720 too. It sees them slot in behind New Zealand, who thrashed England in the opening game on Thursday.

  17. WICKET

    Van Meekeren b Rauf 7 (Ned 205 all out)

    Bowled him!

    Haris Rauf wins the battle.

    A straight full ball from Rauf and it sends leg stump crashing to the ground.

    The Pakistan quick points to the stumps and lets out a huge roar in the direction of Paul van Meekeren, who can't help but smile.

    A lovely bit of needle at the end of the game.

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    World Cup: Pakistan beat Netherlands by 81 runs - reaction (7)

    Abhishek Jhunjhunwala

    Former IPL batter on BBC Test Match Special

    There is going to be a bit of fun between Haris Rauf and the two batters. He's not going to bowl anything full to Paul van Meekeren.

  19. Ned 202-8

    Need 85 from 60 balls

    He's gone again!

    Hassan Ali is picked up for an above head-height bouncer and Logan van Beek smacks the extra ball back down the ground.

    Superb stuff.

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    World Cup: Pakistan beat Netherlands by 81 runs - reaction (8)

    Abhishek Jhunjhunwala

    Former IPL batter on BBC Test Match Special

    He picked the slower ball early. Great extension of the hands.

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