ENG vs PAK: Watch: Haris Rauf bombarded with ‘Kohli, Kohli’ chants by Edgbaston crowd during second T20I

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ENG vs PAK: Watch: Edgbaston crowd chants “Kohli Kohli” as Haris Rauf comes to bowl against England


Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf had a decent outing with the ball in the T20I match against England. The second match of the four-match T20I series between the teams took place at Birmingham’s Edgbaston on Saturday (May 25).

Haris Rauf, who returned to the Pakistan team after a long-term injury, played a vital role for the team with the ball and occupied crucial wickets for his team. However, he could not help his team win the match at Birmingham’s Edgbaston.

Haris Rauf came into the attack in the fifth over but did not get off to a great start as he was hit for 17 runs in the first over. However, after that he made an excellent comeback and bowled superbly well, troubling the England batsmen with his pace.

When Haris Rauf came into the attack in his second innings, he did not get a great reception from the crowd. Fans were heard chanting “Kohli Kohli” as the pacer bowled his first ball of the second at Birmingham’s Edgbaston.

Here is the video:

For the unversed, Haris Rauf has been treated to “Kohli Kohli” chants for quite some time now. This was because the Indian batsman took him to cleanup during the match between India and Pakistan at the MCG in the T20 World Cup 2022.

In the second T20I match against England, Haris Rauf returned with figures of 2/34 and helped his team restrict the opponents to a total of less than 200. Apart from him, Shaheen Afridi and Imad Wasim picked two scalps while restricting opponents to 183. runs.

With the bat, it was a torrid batting display by Pakistan. Fakhar Zaman was the team’s top run-scorer with 45 runs, captain Babar Azam scored 32 runs while the rest of the batsmen failed to cross the 30-run mark. They were bowled out for just 160 and lost the game by 23 runs.

We announced the team (for the World Cup) and gave confidence to Babar Azam after Pakistan’s defeat.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam spoke about the loss in the second T20I. He admitted it was a good bowling performance from him, but they didn’t step up with the bat. He also praised Fakhar Zaman for his heroics and said that they are giving confidence to the players ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024. Speaking after the match, he stated:

“It was an even score, we shot well. Small association and then there was no great association. We are flexible, everyone knows their role. We have decided the role of each player. If you are not in good shape, we are flexible.

“The way Fakhar dominated. If Fakhar and I had batted for three more overs, things could have been different. (About Imad) He has experience, knows how to bowl at different stages and has improved a lot with the bat. Shadab is one of the best players and he will be back. We announced the team (for the World Cup), we are giving confidence.”