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Former England spinner Graeme Swann firmly believes that Pakistan can “beat anybody at anything”.
Swann’s comments come after Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the World Cup on Wednesday.
Batsman Babar Azam, who was named Man of the Match, led the way with an unbeaten 101, which came off 127 balls and included 11 boundaries.
He was well supported by Haris Sohail, who struck a 76-ball 68, which included five boundaries and two sixes.
In regards to the bowling, left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi stole the spotlight as he finished with figures of 3-28 off his 10 overs.
Afridi, who bowled three maiden overs, dismissed Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham.
Pakistan’s victory over New Zealand not only kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive, but also led to New Zealand suffering their first loss in the tournament.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 26, 2019
“At this moment in time, Pakistan look like they could beat anybody at anything,” Swann was quoted as saying by Saj Sadiq on Twitter.
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.