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Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has admitted that he was frustrated prior to his side’s World Cup clash against New Zealand on Wednesday as he had not been able to convert his starts into hundreds.
Azam was named Man of the Match in the game against New Zealand for his unbeaten 101, which came off 127 balls and included 11 boundaries.
However, prior to that, he had made scores of 22, 63, 30, 48 and 69 against the West Indies, England, Australia, India and South Africa respectively.
“I was frustrated about not scoring a hundred, I was getting out in the 40s and [on] 60, 70,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion.
Azam’s innings against New Zealand proved crucial as it helped Pakistan secure a six-wicket win and keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive.
It also led to the Black Caps suffering their first loss in the tournament.
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.