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Sarfaraz heaps praise on Haris Sohail

Sarfaraz heaps praise on Haris Sohail

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was all praise for left-handed batsman Haris Sohail for his Jos Buttler-style batting against South Africa during his side's 49-run victory in their crucial World Cup fixture at the Lord's.

Included for Sunday's game in place of experienced Shoaib Malik, Haris instantly proved his mettle and played a brilliant knock of 59-ball 89, which consisted of nine fours and three sixes - thus helping Pakistan post 308/7 in their 50 overs.

"Haris Sohail put in a great performance. We changed the combination in this game. A couple of games earlier, we went with another combination. That's the only thing. Sometimes change is good for the team. Today the way Haris batted, he is hungry to play in the game. He's the main factor, the turning point, the way he batted in the last 15 overs, it was like Jos Buttler," said Sarfaraz after the victory.

Haris Sohail was named man-of-the-match for his 89 off 59 balls and the batsman said he backed himself in what was a tough situation for him, being out of the side.

“It’s tough when you’re sitting out and waiting for your turn. I knew that the chance would come. When I went in I wanted to build a partnership with Babar. It wasn’t easy but I backed myself.”