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Legendary Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir has admitted that Babar Azam and Haris Sohail batted brilliantly in the national team’s World Cup clash against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Azam was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten knock of 101, which came off 127 balls and included 11 boundaries.
He was well supported by Haris, who scored a 76-ball 68, which included five boundaries and two sixes.
Thanks to their efforts with the bat, Pakistan won the match by six wickets and kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive.
They also handed New Zealand their first loss in the tournament.
“Credit must be given to both Babar Azam and Haris Sohail for [their] extraordinary batting,” Qadir told The Nation.
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.