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Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif admitted that he was impressed with the way in which openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq played in the national team’s World Cup clash against England on Monday.
Zaman and Imam scored 36 and 44 respectively, but they gave Pakistan a solid foundation to build on as they amassed an 82-run partnership.
With Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez and captain Sarfraz Ahmed making 63, 84 and 55 respectively, Pakistan proceeded to win the match by 14 runs.
Pakistan’s victory over England not only helped them bounce back from their seven-wicket loss to the West Indies, but it also snapped their 11-game losing streak in ODIs.
“I must give credit to the way Fakhar Zaman played fearless and aggressive cricket,” Latif told The Nation. “He simply outclassed and outshone the most sought-after English bowler Jofra Archer, who was tipped to rattle Pakistan’s top order but looked shell-shocked and had no answers to Fakhar’s powerful hits.
“Imam also batted sensibly and gave Fakhar much-needed [support]. After a long time, the Pakistani openers gave a solid start to the Pakistan team, while dropped catches also didn’t help England’s cause. But it happens, when a team is on a mission and batting superbly, catches are bound to drop and panic grips the opposition.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Sri Lanka in Bristol on Friday.