Haris Sohail Steers Pakistan To Much-Needed Victory

Haris Sohail

Haris Sohail

Haris Sohail – The Difference Between The Two Sides in World Cup Tie

Haris Sohail returns to help Pakistan, prove his worth

Batsman Haris Sohail was not part of the Pakistan team in its last two matches but he returned with a bang against South Africa. The left-hander was preferred over the ‘experienced’ Shoaib Malik and smashed a 59-ball 89 that was missing from the middle-order. His innings helped Pakistan post 308 runs for the loss of 7 wickets and then pressurize the Proteas with quality bowling to clinch victory.

A Good Toss To Win, A Good Decision To Bat

Pakistan won the toss and thankfully, Sarfaraz Ahmed decided to bat first against South Africa. The openers gave an explosive start due to which Pakistan crossed 100 in 21 overs. It was left to Babar Azam and Haris Sohail who batted sensibly taking the score to 224 in 41 overs. After Babar’s exit for 69, Haris took charge and added 71 runs in less than 7 overs. Haris Sohail was unlucky to miss his century by 11 runs but his 89 brought Pakistan back into the match and kept them in contention for the semi-final stage.

Under-Pressure South Africa was never in the game

Chasing 309 to win the match and save themselves from elimination from the next stage, South Africa started woefully. Quentin de Kock and skipper Faf du Plessis tried to resist Pakistani bowlers after losing Hashim Amla, but their resistance was short lived. They added 87 valuable runs but after de Kock’s departure for 47 and de Plessis’s for 63, they lost their way. Andile Phehlukwayo’s 46 were not enough for the hosts as they could manage only 259 for 9 in 50 overs. Mohammad Amir proved to be too much for the Proteas as he finished with 2 valuable wickets whereas Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz took three each.

Haris Sohail Keeps Pakistan In Contention For Last Four

Haris Sohail’s timely knock saved Pakistan from exiting the tournament after six matches. The rise of the left-handed batsman effectively ends the career of Shoaib Malik whose awful performance has dented the team more than ever. Pakistan is now at number 7 at the Points Table, tied at 5 points each with Bangladesh. If Bangladesh loses to Afghanistan on Monday, it will promote Pakistan to top six and who knows, they might go onto repeat the heroics of the Champions Trophy by reaching the last 4, miraculously.

Haris Sohail
Haris Sohail

World Cup Points Table

TEAM    M            W            L              T              P             NRR

NZ          6              5              0              0              11           1.306

AUS       6              5              1              0              10           0.849

INDIA    5              4              0              0              9              0.809

ENG       6              4              2              0              8              1.457

SL            6              2              2              0              6              -1.119

BDESH   6              2              3              0              5              -0.407

PAK        6              2              3              0              5              -1.265

WI          6              1              4              0              3              0.19

SA           7              1              5              0              3              -0.324

AFG       6              0              6              0              0              -1.712

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