Manchester: Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez praised emerging debutant Haider Ali’s composure in his first international innings where he scored 54 off 33 balls, which included five fours and two sixes.
The 39-year-old Hafeez was named player of the match for his not-out 86 in Pakistan’s 190-4. Pakistan won by five runs at Old Trafford, Manchester.
“He (Haider) was good under pressure and just expressed himself,” said player of the series Hafeez in a post-match interview with Sky Sports.
“I was just trying to back him every time, tell him ‘you are playing well, continue like that. It is great to see youngsters coming from our system and performing well,” he added.
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Haider came to bat when Green Shirts were 2-1 but he batted with maturity and shared a stand of exactly 100 with Hafeez, who made his debut for Pakistan when Haider was not even born.
It must be noted that Pakistan leveled the T20I series 1-1. Earlier they lost the three-match Test series 1-0. They will return from England today.