While Pakistan completely dominated the match against Scotland in the T20 World Cup on Sunday, outside the field of play the two teams shared an amazing moment of camaraderie. After the conclusion of both the team’s last Super 12 match, the sides got together to celebrate Pakistan cricketer Haris Rauf’s birthday who turned 28 on November 7.
In a video now trending online, Rauf can be seen cutting the cake and then sharing it with his teammates as well as the Scottish players. The boys even had some fun as they later smashed the cake on the face of Rauf. As can be sensed in the video, the players were enjoying themselves in the dressing room with Pakistani cricketers even seen sharing their knowledge and expertise with Scotland cricketers who could be proud of the way they qualified for Super 12 and rubbed shoulders against some of the best in the world.
The video was originally shared by the official social media handle of the Scotland team with the caption: “We even had cake with PCB.”
Check out the video here:
— Cricket Scotland (@CricketScotland) November 7, 2021
Talking about the match, the Men in Green registered a comfortable 72-run win in this fixture and remain the only unbeaten side in the tournament who will head into the semifinals. The three other teams in the semifinal line up – England, Australia and New Zealand have all lost one match each. India with two defeats in Group 2 are already out of the semifinal race but have a match against Namibia remaining which can only take them to 3 wins.
Ahead of the match against Namibia, there was a pre-match press conference which was attended by the Men in Blue’s outgoing bowling coach Bharat Arun.
“I am not trying to give any excuses but I think in this World Cup the trend has been the team that wins the toss has a big advantage especially when you are in playing in Dubai,” he said at the presser in justification of Team India’s defeat against Pakistan and New Zealand which has knocked them out of the tournament.
“The wicket kind of eases out when you come out to bowl the second time. These are no excuses. We should have done better, we should have batted better. In the first match, we had the chance to defend a good total, but we looked a little below par,” he added.