By our correspondent
ISLAMABAD: Former first-class cricketer Dr Siddiq Patni has appreciated Pakistan’s solid win over New Zealand, adding in the game against Afghanistan the team needs one change.
“It was a good win. The credit goes to Asif Ali who in the end did a marvellous job and ensured Pakistan’s well-deserved victory,” Patni told this correspondent.
“Had I been in jury I would have given Asif man of the match award. At one time it looked difficult to chase the target but Asif’s fiery stint made it so easy,” Patni said. “In the next game against Afghanistan Pakistan should bring in Haider Ali in place of Fakhar Zaman and against Namibia the whole team should be changed. Those sitting on the bench should be given the chance as they would also be eager to show something and it would be a good opportunity for them to at least get a chance to play in the World Cup,” Patni said.
Appreciating Haris Rauf’s (4-22) fine bowing Patni said Haris seems to be a mature bowler now and he used his slower ones quite effectively to contain the batsmen. He created a real crack in New Zealand’s line-up by removing the top order and then came in the end to further dent their chances of scoring 150 and plus.
“I think New Zealand were 30 runs short, otherwise, it could have been much tougher. Our bowlers bowled really well again,” he said.
Pakistan downed New Zealand by five wickets at Sharjah on Tuesday to record their second successive victory following a super ten-wicket win over India in the first game on Sunday. Pakistan will now face Afghanistan in their next show on Friday.