Pakistan cricketer Haris Sohail
Pakistan cricketer Haris Sohail Image Credit: AFP

Sharjah: Pakistan’s Haris Sohail would have been the hero of the first One-day match of the five match series against Australia on Friday had his team took early wickets.

Sohail had cracked an unbeaten maiden century to help Pakistan post an impressive 280 for five in 50 overs on Friday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Unfortunately, Pakistan bowlers could not pick early wickets to put Australians under pressure.

“Our bowlers did bowl well but if we did not get some early wickets. If we did we could have gone on to win the match. It isn’t easy to chase such a score after losing wickets,” said Sohail.

Skipper Shoaib Malek too felt the same. “Early strikes were missing from our side. Must say the way (Aaron) Finch and (Shaun) Marsh batted, they controlled the innings and took it deep. You can always make things better, we gave away some extra singles when batsmen are set. A few areas are there to improve. I would like to congratulate Haris on scoring a hundred coming back from (knee) injury (during recent South Africa series). A great sign for Pakistan cricket.”

When Haris was asked about how he felt on scoring his first century against a formidable team like Australia, he said: “Scoring a century for my country is special. It does not matter whoever is the opponent.”

Thirty-year-old Haris went past the 1,000 run mark when he was on 40. “It is special to get a century in the first match of a series. I wish to carry my form into the coming matches too, said Haris, who was playing his 27th ODI match and has so far hit ten half centuries.

Haris is positive that Pakistan will bounce back. “It is indeed nice we took this match almost till the last over. Australians are a team whose morale is very high after their series win against India. We will try and do everything to bounce back,” said the elegant left-handed Sohail.