Mohammad Haris Shines in Sri Lanka with Spectacular 81-Run Innings, Outshining Shoaib Malik’s Jaffna Kings

Pakistan’s young batting sensation, Mohammad Haris, left spectators awestruck with his phenomenal performance in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2023. His remarkable knock of 81 runs played a pivotal role in propelling B-Love Kandy to victory against Shoaib Malik’s Jaffna Kings at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on August 12.

A Missed Century Opportunity

Despite his outstanding performance, Mohammad Haris narrowly missed the chance to become the second centurion for Pakistan in the ongoing Lanka Premier League. His impressive innings contributed significantly to B-Love Kandy’s success.

Dominating the Game

In a thrilling clash against Jaffna Kings, Mohammad Haris wielded his bat masterfully to play a match-winning 51-ball 81-run innings. The stadium witnessed a cricketing spectacle as Haris showcased his impeccable skills and prowess with the bat.

The Battle Unfolds

The game began with Wanindu Hasaranga winning the toss and choosing to bat first. Initially, Mohammad Haris and Fakhar Zaman were cautious in their approach during the first three overs. However, Shoaib Malik’s costly errors in the fourth over led to a substantial 20-run gain for the batting side. As the partnership progressed, Haris began to exhibit his intention to score freely.

Partnership and Breakthroughs

The alliance between Haris and Zaman flourished until Nuwan Thushara broke the partnership in the sixth over. Zaman contributed 22 runs from 17 balls during their 51-run collaboration. In the subsequent over, Dunith Wellalage struck, dismissing Dinesh Chandimal through a bowled delivery. The following over witnessed the introduction of Dilshan Madushanka, who bowled out Sahan Arachchige. At the halfway point, Kandy’s score was 79/3.

Haris’s Half-Century Milestone

In a dazzling display of skill, Mohammad Haris reached his half-century from 37 balls during the 12th over. Angelo Mathews, partnering from the other end, also launched an offensive. Haris escalated the scoring rate, smashing Wellalage for two boundaries and a massive six in the 15th over. However, despite his remarkable performance, the elusive century slipped through his grasp as he was bowled out, having scored 81 runs from 51 deliveries, featuring 10 fours and two sixes.

A Mixed Finish

While Mathews and Hasaranga offered valuable cameos, Kandy experienced a flurry of wickets in the slog overs. Losing four wickets for 22 runs, they managed to post a total of 178/8.

Jaffna’s Response

In response to Kandy’s total, Jaffna’s openers fell quickly, followed by Charith Asalanka’s departure. Angelo Mathews emerged as a key player, taking three wickets with the new ball. Shoaib Malik and Chris Lynn attempted to establish a partnership, but Lynn’s struggle led to his dismissal after a 26-ball 27. Although David Miller (16-ball 24) and skipper Thisara Perera (20-ball 36) contributed with brief cameos, the challenge proved insurmountable for Malik to conquer single-handedly. Malik’s valiant effort yielded an unbeaten 56 off 37 balls, which included four fours and a six. Despite their loss by eight runs, Kandy retained their top position in the league.

Haris’s Perspective

Reflecting on his spectacular performance, Mohammad Haris shared his thoughts in the post-match presentation. “I focused on playing to my strengths. T20 cricket is all about seizing momentum at the right time, and that’s exactly what I aimed to do,” stated Haris, who is also an integral part of Pakistan’s Asia Cup squad.


Mohammad Haris’s electrifying innings and impressive performance against Jaffna Kings have firmly established him as a rising star in the cricketing world. His masterful display of batting skills has undoubtedly left a significant impact on the ongoing Lanka Premier League, adding excitement and anticipation to future matches.

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