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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has admitted that batsman Haris Sohail “looked like he was hungry for runs” during the national team’s World Cup clash against South Africa on Sunday.
Haris was named Man of the Match for his 59-ball 89, which included nine boundaries and three sixes, as Pakistan beat the Proteas by 49 runs at Lord’s.
Prior to that match, he had only featured in Pakistan’s World Cup opener against the West Indies, where he scored eight runs.
In addition to Haris, Sarfraz also praised openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman, who both made 44, and batsman Babar Azam, who scored 69.
“It was a complete team performance, firstly credit should go to the openers who played really well for the first 10-15 overs,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “After that, Babar Azam played well and then what a performance from Haris Sohail; he played a good innings.
“We played with other team combinations which is why Haris Sohail didn’t come into the team before but when he got a chance, he scored runs.
“Sometimes change is good for the team and the way Haris played, it looked like he was hungry for runs.
“The way Haris Sohail batted today was the turning point of the game.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.