Pakistan’s pacer Haris Rauf has struggled to stem the flow of runs, despite taking eight wickets, during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023.
In Pakistan’s fourth match of the mega event against Australia on Friday, Rauf conceded 83 runs in eight overs while taking three wickets.
During the match against Australia, Rauf was also smashed for five sixes and eight fours.
As a result of his disappointing performance against Australia, Rauf has now conceded the most of number of sixes, 11, during the World Cup so far.
Australia’s Pat Cummins is in second place on the unwanted list with eight maximums against his name. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s speedster Hasan Ali has conceded seven sixes.
It must be noted that Australia defeated Pakistan by 62 runs in the 18th match of the ongoing ICC World Cup at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India, on Friday.
The Aussies managed to restrict the Green Shirts to 305 runs after posting a colossal 368-run target courtesy of a 259-run stand from David Warner and Mitchell Marsh.
Pakistan were off to a great start as their opening duo of Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique had a 134-run partnership — the first time a Pakistani opening pair had a century stand against Australia in a World Cup match.
Pakistan were 154-2 in 23.4 overs — after losing Abdullah and Imam — and were in dire need of a big partnership to get back in the team but their skipper Babar Azam was removed by Adam Zampa just after scoring 18 runs courtesy of an excellent catch by Pat Cummins.
The Green Shirts kept on losing wickets at regular intervals but after the arrival of Iftikhar Ahmed, it looked like Pakistan would get in the game once again as the 33-year-old started hitting boundaries.
But Adam Zampa provided the Aussies the much-needed breakthrough and removed Iftikhar and Mohammad Rizwan in back-to-back overs.
The Green Shirts were all out for 305 runs in 45.3 overs.
Batting first, Australia posted 367 runs on the scoreboard, recording the biggest total against Pakistan in the World Cup.
Shaheen Afridi was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan as the 23-year-old bagged five wickets, his second World Cup fifer.