PAK vs NED Head-to-Head Records ICC World Cup 2023 Match 2

In the cricketing world, clashes between nations often carry a rich history, with rivalries that span decades. One such intriguing rivalry is that between the Netherlands and Pakistan in One Day Internationals (ODIs). As the two teams gear up to face each other in the ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup 2023, it’s worth revisiting their head-to-head encounters.

Overall Head to Head

  • Total Matches: 6
  • Pakistan won: 6
  • Netherlands won: 0

Historically, Pakistan has maintained a firm grip on this rivalry, showcasing their cricketing prowess. In the ODI World Cups alone, Pakistan boasts a 2-0 head-to-head lead against the Netherlands. The first meeting occurred in 1996, followed by a face-off in 2003. Pakistan emerged victorious in both instances, firmly establishing their dominance.

Head for Head in World Cups

  • Total Matches: 2
  • Pakistan won: 2
  • Netherlands won: 0

The inaugural clash at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in 1996 saw Pakistan prevailing comfortably. A remarkable spell by Waqar Younis, who took 4 wickets for just 26 runs, set the stage for victory. Opener Saeed Anwar’s stellar knock of 83* ensured Pakistan’s triumph.

The second ODI World Cup encounter between these teams in 2003, hosted in Paarl, was another testament to Pakistan’s cricketing prowess. Pakistan posted a formidable 253/9 with Mohammad Yousuf leading the way with 58 runs. The Pakistani pace duo of Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar then dismantled the Dutch batting line-up, securing a convincing 97-run victory.

Moving beyond the World Cup, their overall head-to-head ODI record paints a similar story. In six encounters, Pakistan has emerged victorious on all occasions, leaving the Netherlands still in search of their maiden victory against their formidable opponents.

In recent history, Pakistan toured the Netherlands in 2022 for a bilateral series, and once again, they asserted their supremacy, winning the series 3-0. Babar Azam led from the front with 222 runs at an impressive average of 74.00, while Naseem Shah proved to be the highest wicket-taker with 10 scalps.

As Pakistan and the Netherlands lock horns in the upcoming World Cup clash, history favors the former. Pakistan’s rich cricketing legacy and their impeccable track record against the Dutch side make them the favorites in this encounter. However, cricket has often surprised with its unpredictability, and fans around the world will be eager to witness how this chapter in their rivalry unfolds on the cricketing stage.

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