Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique powered Pakistan to record 6 wicket victory against Sri Lanka and this is the highest run chase in the history of ICC World Cup 2023. Pakistan chased down a target of 345 in 48.2 overs on Tuesday, with Rizwan scoring an undefeated 131 and Shafique making 113 to better the previous successful chase of 328 set by Ireland when they stunned England at the 2011 World Cup.
The Victorious Rizwan
Muhammad Rizwan took a moment to extend his gratitude to the people of Hyderabad for their tremendous hospitality and support throughout the tournament. “Extremely grateful to the people of Hyderabad for the amazing hospitality and support throughout,” Rizwan stated appreciatively.
This was for our brothers and sisters in Gaza. 🤲🏼
Happy to contribute in the win. Credits to the whole team and especially Abdullah Shafique and Hassan Ali for making it easier.
Extremely grateful to the people of Hyderabad for the amazing hospitality and support throughout.
— Muhammad Rizwan (@iMRizwanPak) October 11, 2023
Pakistan took a shaky start and even as Abdullah Shafique was dismissed after his century, Mohammad Rizwan took the game to the winning run and remained unbeaten in 131. With the 113-run innings of Abdullah Shafique, Pakistan made a superb comeback to the game. Mohammad Rizwan was still on the crease, close to 100 and ensuring that runs keep coming from one side. Saud Shakeel joined the chase after Matheesha Pathirana clinched Abdullah Shafique’s wicket.
Sri Lankan had complete control over the game and kept the bowling tight, not giving much space to batters. After losing Babar Azam early, Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan took the game forward. After setting a huge target of 345 runs for Pakistan, Sri Lankan bowlers started well as Dilshan Madushanka dismissed Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq.
The Added Advantage
Hyderabad has been nothing shTeam Pakistan’s Unique from home for Pakistan in this World Cup ever since they landed in the city of the Nizams about a week before the World Cup. They played both of their warm-up matches at the same venue before starting their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands.
The loud “jeetega bhai jeetega Pakistan jeetega” chants at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad gave the sense of Karachi, Rawalpindi, or even Lahore. Rizwan felt like he was in Pindi. “I felt like I was playing a match in Pindi. The way the crowd gave love today, and not just me, the whole Pakistan team gave love,” said Rizwan, the player of the match in the highest-ever run chase in World Cup history.
Quote Source: Hindustan Times