Wins against India, New Zealand were much needed,’ say Shadab, Haris


SHARJAH: Vice-captain Shadab Khan and fast bowler Haris Rauf said Pakistan’s two wins in as many matches as ‘much needed’ at the start of the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Haris set up Pakistan’s five-wicket win with career-best figures of 4-22 against New Zealand in Sharjah on Tuesday, as the 2009 champions followed Sunday’s crushing 10-wicket demolition of arch-rivals India.

Player-of-the-match Haris said he bowled to a plan. “I was given a plan and I am happy that I executed that well and got four wickets.”

Pakistan romped home in the 18.4 overs after early hiccups with veteran Shoaib Malik (26) and Asif Ali (26) saw them off during an unbroken 48 run stand in 3.5 overs.