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Pakistan batsman Haris Sohail has revealed that he didn’t give up hope after being dropped from the national team following their World Cup opener against the West Indies.
Haris scored eight runs in that match and subsequently missed Pakistan’s games against England, Sri Lanka, which was washed out, Australia and India.
However, he returned when the men in green took on South Africa and was named Man of the Match for smashing a 59-ball 89, which included nine boundaries and three sixes.
After leading his side to a 49-run win over the Proteas, Haris starred again in Pakistan’s must-win match against New Zealand on Wednesday as he scored a 76-ball 68, which included five boundaries and two sixes.
Haris provided excellent support to Babar Azam, who struck an unbeaten 101 to lead Pakistan to a six-wicket win over the Black Caps and keep the team’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive.
Pakistan’s win also handed New Zealand their first loss in the tournament.
“As a sportsman I believe that whatever is best for the team should happen,” Sohail was quoted as saying by AFP. “I was confident that whenever I will get a chance I will give 100 percent.”
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.