HYDERABAD: Wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan dedicated his match-winning century against Sri Lanka in the eighth match of the ICC World Cup 2023 to oppressed Palestinians.
Pakistan, on Tuesday, rewrote history when they pulled off the highest run chase in a World Cup game to beat Sri Lanka by four wickets.
Young opening batter Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan played pivotal roles in Pakistan’s historic victory, both scoring a century each.
Chasing a daunting total of 345 after Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama smashed tons to put Sri Lanka in a commanding position, the green shirts got over the line in 48.2 overs thanks to Rizwan’s unbeaten 131 and Abdullah’s 113.
Ireland had held the previous record for the highest run chase in World Cups with 329 against England in the 2011 edition.
Taking to X, formerly Twitter, the wicketkeeper batter dedicated his match-winning performance to oppressed Palestinians.
“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,” Mohammad Rizwan wrote on X.
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He also expressed his gratitude to the people of Hyderabad for their tremendous support and warm hospitality.
For the unversed, Pakistan next face arch-rivals India in their next ICC World Cup 2023 fixture on October 14 in Ahmedabad.
For the highly-anticipated clash, the Pakistan squad landed in Ahmedabad through a chartered plane from Hyderabad earlier today.
The Pakistan team will rest today before hitting the nets tomorrow for the two-day training session ahead of the India game.
According to the details, Pakistan’s World Cup-bound contingent will engage in a rigorous practice session from 6 PM to 9 PM local time on Thursday (tomorrow).
They will continue their training on Friday from 2 PM to 5 PM and will partake in several batting, bowling and fielding drills to boast their preparations for the most anticipated clash of the ICC World Cup 2023.
Pakistan squad for ICC World Cup 2023
Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, M Wasim Jnr, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha.
Travelling reserves: Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan
Pakistan’s remaining ICC World Cup 2023 fixtures
- October 14 – vs India in Ahmedabad
- October 20 – vs Australia in Bengaluru
- October 23 – vs Afghanistan in Chennai
- October 27 – vs South Africa in Chennai
- October 31 – vs Bangladesh in Kolkata
- November 4 – vs New Zealand Bengaluru (Day match)
- November 11 – vs England in Kolkata
The day matches will start at 10:00 am Pakistan Standard Time (PST) while all other matches will be day-night fixtures, starting at 01:30 pm (PST).