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Malik bowls Netherlands to victory against PNG

Right-arm pacer bags 4 for 37 as host cruises to first win in the ICC World Cricket League

Malik bowls Netherlands to victory against PNG - Cricket News
Michael Swart topscored with 38 runs for the Netherlands during their first WCL match against PNG.
The Netherlands rode on Ahsan Malik's spell of 4 for 37 to register their first win - a five-wicket victory over Papua New Guinea - in the ICC World Cricket League tournament in Rotterdam on Monday (June 22).

Persistent rain and overcast conditions at Hazelaarweg reduced the game to a 24-over affair, and PNG could only manage a total of 122 for 9. The Netherlands cruised to the target with 35 deliveries to spare.

Peter Borren, having won the toss and elected to field, handed the new ball to Mudassar Bukhari, and the move paid rich dividends as the medium pacer removed both openers inside the fourth over.

PNG was unnerved by the early blows, and Malik and Peter Seelar took full advantage of that, crippling the middle order by picking up wickets at regular intervals.

At one stage, PNG was 84 for 6 in 17.1 overs, with Assad Vala and Mahuru Dai the only batsmen to have gone past 20.

Malik's four-for was well supported by Seelar, who bagged 2 for 13, and Bukhari, who ended with figures of 2 for 18.

Netherlands's chase got off to a great start, with Stephan Myburgh and Michael Swart putting on a 53-run opening stand.

Once Myburgh (20) fell in the seventh over, Swart and Ben Cooper got together to take the hosts close to the 100-run mark.

Charles Amini, the legspinner, then managed three quick wickets in as many overs for PNG. But in the end, his efforts were in vain.

The two sides will play each other once again in the fourth match of the tournament in Amstelveen on Wednesday.

To view the full scorecard, click here.

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