Australia vs Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed names Haris Sohail’s replacement in the playing XI

Fakhar Zaman has not got an able opening partner in this series so far.

Sarfraz Ahmed of Pakistan
Sarfraz Ahmed of Pakistan. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Australia and Pakistan are all set to lock horns with each other in the final of the ongoing T20I tri-series in Zimbabwe. Both the teams have thrashed the hosts in the league stages with the Men in Yellow topping the points table with three wins after 4 matches. Pakistan have been clinical throughout as well but they have been struggling with the opening combination which has led to them handing a debut to the youngster in the title clash on Sunday.

In the four matches on this tour, Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail have partnered the in-form Fakhar Zaman. But both of them have returned with underwhelming figures which must have disappointed the captain and the coach. It is important for them to start well in the final in order to put pressure on Australia’ bowling line-up.

Who is the replacement?

According to the Pakistani journalist, Sarfraz Ahmed has cleared that Sahibzada Farhan will be handed a debut in place of Haris Sohail. Hasan Ali has also been included in the 12-man squad announced by Pakistan and the final 11 will be decided before the toss.

“We have decided the team already for the final. Sahibzada Farhan will make his debut in place of Haris Sohail. Apart from this, the remainder of the playing XI is the same. Hasan Ali has been included in the 12-man side and the final decision about the playing XI will be taken before the toss according to the conditions,” he said.

Farhan’s inclusion is exciting as he was also included in the squad after his heroics in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year. He played for Islamabad United and opened the innings for them as well. He has so far played in 15 T20s and has scored 365 runs at an impressive average of 36.5 at a strike-rate of 112.65. He will be hoping to leave his mark in the final and help them win the title.

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