Pakistan’s pace trio, led by Haris Rauf, defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in the first Super 4 game of the Asia Cup. Rauf and Naseem Shah dismantled Bangladesh’s batting order, ending their chances of scoring a challenging total. Bangladesh chose to bat after winning the toss. Rauf won Player of the Game for his crucial accomplishments during Bangladesh’s innings. Rauf expressed his desire to be the “player of the series” and expressed high expectations for the remainder of the competition. Pakistan still has Super 4 matches against Sri Lanka and India before the final on the 17.
Asia Cup 2023: Haris Rauf challenges the “player of the series” with a towering gesture
The Player of the Match award went to Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf for his outstanding 4/19 figures against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup Super 4 match.
Pakistan conquer Bangladesh by seven wickets
On Wednesday, Pakistan’s pace trio, led by Haris Rauf, put on a commanding performance to help his team defeat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the first Super 4 game of the Asia Cup.
Pakistan’s excellent bowling
Rauf (4/19) and Naseem Shah (3/34) completely dismantled Bangladesh’s batting order, ending their chances of scoring a challenging total. Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan shared a century partnership, but Bangladesh’s innings ended at 193 runs in 38.4 overs, and Pakistan finished the job in 39.3. Bangladesh chose to bat after winning the toss.
Haris Rauf, Player of the Match
Rauf won the Player of the Game because of his crucial accomplishments during Bangladesh’s innings. At the start of Bangladesh’s batting, he took the wickets of Mohammad Naim (20) and Towhid Hridoy (2). Later, in his second spell, he further hampered Bangladesh’s progress by dismissing Mushfiqur Rahim. Rauf then similarly removed Taskin Ahmed, who was scoreless.
Rauf, After the match
After the game, Rauf continued that although the weather in Lahore was challenging, he got used to performing in a hot environment because of his time with Lahore Qalandars, the city’s Pakistan Super League team.
“I’ve played cricket here, but it was hot out there. The public consistently anticipates us to perform here; I play PSL for Lahore. We do make plans as a bowling team before every game. Depending on the stage of the game, we talk about bowling to various plans. The goal was to maintain bowling stump to stump because the hard length was difficult to play here. I did not have to make it to the Yorker today,” Rauf said.
I desire to be the “player of the series”
The Pakistani pacer also stated that he desires to be the “player of the series” in a rather intriguing statement about what he expects from the remainder of the competition. Before the final on the 17, Pakistan still has Super 4 matches against Sri Lanka and India.
Rauf stated, “I continue to put effort and have high expectations; I want to win the Asia Cup Player of the Series. Let’s see how the competition develops.”