Item in TimesNowNews, 4 June 2019, with this title “‘World Cup just got interesting,’ Sania Mirza lauds Pakistan’s comeback against Eoin Morgan-led England”
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza congratulated Pakistan cricket team after their well-fought victory over favourites England in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 on Monday. Pakistan, who are being touted as one of the dark horses in the showpiece event, bounced back in a terrific manner to prove why they are one of the most unpredictable sides in world cricket. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men stunned the hosts in a close contest to win the game by 14 runs after both the batsmen and the bowlers produced a combined effort to outclass Eoin Morgan & Co.
ICC World Cup 2019: Sania Mirza was impressed by the strong comeback from ‘unpredictable’ Pakistan, as the Men in Green defeated hosts and favourites England by 14 runs in their second game on Tuesday.
Pakistan rode on half-centuries from Babar Azam (63), Mohammad Hafeez (84) and skipper Sarfaraz (55) to post a strong total on the board before the bowlers did a tremendous job to restrict England 14 runs short of the target. Hafeez was the star with the bat for Pakistan as he top-scored for his side with a brilliant 84 off 62 balls laced with eight fours and two sixes. He was ably supported by Babar and Sarfaraz, who scored 63 and 55 runs respectively.
It was a superb comeback from Pakistan, who left behind their humiliating defeat against West Indies in the opening encounter to pick their first points at the World Cup. Sania, whose husband Shoaib Malik is part of the current Pakistan squad battling for glory in England and Wales, took to Twitter to and said the World Cup just got more interesting after Pakistan’s return to winning ways.
“Congratulations to Team Pakistan on bouncing back the way they did and being as unpredictable like it always is !!! @cricketworldcup got more interesting than it already was,” Sania wrote on Twitter.