Haris Rauf shares thought process behind his bowling heroics in 4th T20I against England
Pakistan's Haris Rauf helped his side draw level in the seven-match series (2-2) as Pakistan emerged victorious in the fourth T20I at the National Stadium in Karachi.
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Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf shared an interesting story behind his side’s victory over England in the fourth T20I at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday, September 25. The right-arm pacer changed the complexion of the game helping the hosts level the seven-match T20I series 2-2.
However, Pakistan were made to sweat for the win as England’s Liam Dawson put up a show with the bat and almost sealed the game for the visitors.
Haris Rauf shares how he dismissed Liam Dawson
Dawson smashed Mohammad Hasnain for four fours and a six in the 18th over as only nine runs were needed off the final two overs.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam tasked Haris to bowl the penultimate over of the match. With five runs remaining off ten balls, the right-arm pacer bowled a short ball with good pace that got big on Dawson. Unable to control the shot, Dawson ended up hitting it straight to the fielder at mid-wicket.
This further helped the home side to gain momentum and build on it which earned them the victory. While addressing the media after the game got over, Rauf said:
"First of all we are thankful to Allah Almighty that Pakistan won the match and it was an important match of this series. As a team we have the never give up attitude and every player is giving his 100 percent effort in the ground. I bowled with the same attitude and Pakistan won the game."
"He [Dawson] scored a lot of runs from Hasnain's over and of course I was in the field. I was planning beforehand and had the idea as to where I should bowl to him. The plan was to get his wicket and turn the match and Alhamdullilah (thank God) I got the wicket as planned. I had the confidence in my abilities and knew that if I bowl my best ball, we would win this game,” he added.
Pakistan will now play England in the fifth T20I on Wednesday, September 28 in Lahore and will look to get ahead in the series.