Pakistan defeated the Netherlands by an astounding 81 runs in their ODI World Cup opener on Friday, October 6. Pakistan showed their strength in both the batting and bowling departments. The Babar Azam-led team played brilliantly with the ball, overcoming the Dutch’s resistance to limit them to a total of 205 runs while pursuing a 287-run target.
Fast bowler Hasan Ali’s comeback to the ODI format was a turning point for Pakistan, and his contributions weren’t underappreciated. Ali, who was brought in as a last-minute replacement for the ailing Naseem Shah for the World Cup team, had an immediate impact. He earned acclaim for his seven efficient overs in which he secured two significant wickets at a cost of 33 runs. none other than Dale Steyn, a former South African speed champion.
Steyn praised the 29-year-old’s performance while admitting the hiccup brought on by Pakistan’s normal opening fast-bowling pair not being present. He observed the right-arm pacer’s careful approach, highlighting the fact that the runner didn’t constantly try to hit speeds in the 140-145 KMPH area. Instead, the Pakistani pacer’s emphasis on accuracy in line and length worked wonders to stifle the Dutch batting order.
Dale Steyn was moved by Hasan Ali’s on-field conduct.
Steyn, who emphasised the need of enjoying the game, also took note of Hasan’s positive attitude on the pitch. The cricketer’s contagious smile during competition, according to the South African legend, revealed his sincere enjoyment, which contributed to his success. his outstanding performance that day.
He also had a nice smile on his face, which was another quality I liked. He seemed to be having fun, to be honest. Things are a little bit easier when you are having fun, Steyn continued, underlining the importance of having a good outlook in the game of cricket.