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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed admitted that batsman Haris Sohail played a “highly mature innings” in the team’s World Cup win over New Zealand on Wednesday.
Haris struck a 76-ball 68, which included five boundaries and two sixes, as Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets at Edgbaston.
Pakistan’s victory kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive, while New Zealand suffered their first loss in the tournament.
“After Hafeez’s departure, Haris Sohail played a highly mature innings to offer good support to Babar (Azam),” Sarfraz wrote in his blog on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s website. “For the second successive time, Haris batted sensibly and solidly.
“He took the attack to the New Zealand bowlers. It should be kept in mind his clean stroke-play doesn’t mean it was a batting friendly wicket. Contrary to this, it was an extremely difficult pitch to bat on as shown by Mitchell Santner.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.
If they beat Afghanistan, Pakistan will then have to take down Bangladesh at Lord’s on July 5 in order to have any chance of reaching the last four.
However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.