It can be said with certainty that the Pakistan captain Babar Azam was really delighted at the dismissal of Bangladesh veteran Mushfiqur Rahim. So much so that Babar pulled Haris Rauf’s hair in excitement and elation.
Bangladesh and Pakistan met on Tuesday for their World Cup 2023 match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to bat first. But it were the Pakistani bowlers who stunned them, bowling Bangladesh out for only 204 runs.
Bangladesh were rocked back early as they went down to 23/3 inside the first six overs, with veteran batsman Mushfiqur Rahim being dismissed by Haris Rauf. Rahim managed only 5 runs and was caught behind off Rauf’s bowling, outside edging a length delivery that seamed away just a little to take the outside edge of Rahim’s bat.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam looked pumped up and let out a big roar at Rauf getting Rahim. In the team celebratory huddle then, Babar Azam pulled Rauf’s hair as a mode to show his passion and elation at Rauf picking up Rahim’s wicket in his first over of the match.
Watch: Babar Azam pulls Haris Rauf’s hair after Mushfiqur Rahim’s wicket
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Pakistan bowlers produced their best bowling performance today by dismissing Bangladesh for only 204 runs. Shaheen Afridi was the wrecker in chief with figures of 3/23 while Mohammad Wasim Jr also took 3 wickets, all of the tailenders. Haris Rauf took 2 wickets, while Iftikhar Ahmed and Usama Mir bagged a wicket each.
For Bangladesh, Mahmudullah top-scored with 56 runs. Litton Das and Shakib got into 40s but couldn’t bat for long to convert those into significant scores.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam
Pakistan (Playing XI): Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf