PAK vs ENG: Haris Rauf ruled out of last two Tests owing to an injury

Haris Rauf picked up an injury in his right quad on the first day of the Test match.

Haris Rauf
Haris Rauf. (Photo Source: Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)
Ankit Mishra

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Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf has officially been ruled out of the second and third Test match against visitors England scheduled to be held in Multan and Karachi respectively. Haris, who made his debut in the red-ball format against the Three Lions in the ongoing series, stepped on the ball thereby leading to an injury in his right quad.

The pacer rolled over the ball while attempting to field on the first day of the Test match in Rawalpindi and felt discomfort. As a precautionary measure, Haris underwent Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at a local hospital and did not take the field for the rest of the match.

With his exclusion from the squad, the Men in Green management will now be on the lookout for a like-for-like replacement ahead of the second Test match. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is soon expected to make an official announcement about the replacement for the injured player. Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Nawaz, who are both part of the squad could be the possible replacements for Haris for the Multan Test.

Pakistan and England engage in close contest

Speaking about the match, the visitors scored 657 runs and 264 runs in their batting innings for which Pakistan scored 579 runs and are now on the hunt to chase a target of 343. However, the last day has spiced up things for both sides as Pakistan got closer to the total with five wickets in hand in the final session.

However, there was a collapse soon the final session began and it didn't take much time for England to roll over the opposition. Even though Pakistan's last pair fought hard, the visitors took final wicket just in time much to the dismay of the home fans. 

England now lead the three-match Test series 1-0 and will be looking to seal the series in Multan where the second Test is set to be played from December 9.