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Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has admitted that he was feeling confident going into the World Cup match against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
He revealed that his confidence stemmed from the fact that he had scored 69 in his side’s 49-run win over South Africa.
Azam went on to be named Man of the Match for his unbeaten knock of 101 against New Zealand as Pakistan won by six wickets and handed the Black Caps their first loss in the tournament.
Furthermore, the men in green also kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive.
“I was quite confident, I gained confidence after my innings in the last match. Before that, I was getting dismissed in the 40s but in the last game, I tried to bat through the innings but I couldn’t,” Azam was quoted as saying by PakPassion.
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.
If they beat Afghanistan, Pakistan will then have to take down Bangladesh at Lord’s on July 5 in order to have any chance of reaching the last four.
However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.