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'Belief is the key' - Babar Azam on Pakistan's World Cup hopes

Babar Azam believes Pakistan possess the confidence to continue their winning spree and propel themselves into a spot among the top four to advance into the knockout stages following his team's six-wicket victory over New Zealand on Wednesday.

Babar struck an unbeaten century as he patiently constructed his innings to lead his team over the line in pursuit of the challenging total of 237 on a tough Edgbaston pitch.

The first half of Pakistan's World Cup campaign was catastrophic as they slumped to three losses and a no-result, achieving just a sole victory against England.

But the much-needed win over South Africa revived their hopes of reaching the semi-finals and Wednesday's triumph gives them a realistic chance of completing a dramatic turnaround.

Pakistan's next two group fixtures are against Afghanistan and Bangladesh which they would be hoping to dominate and would ideally want England to lose one of their remaining games.

Meanwhile, 1996 World Cup champions Sri Lanka can also claim a spot in the semi-finals provided they win all of their upcoming games.

"Belief has been the key," said Babar, who registered his first hundred in World Cup.

"We have the belief that we will win our next two games and then look ahead."

Babar said the players lifted each others' spirits earlier when the team was struggling in the tournament.

"We were not winning matches but we talked to each other and had the belief that we could do it and now our focus is on the next game," he said.

'My aim is to be the best batsman in the world'

Australia have already qualified for the semi-finals while New Zealand, India and England trail in the subsequent positions, but the complexion of the top four could alter soon.

Babar said he was advised to anchor the chase and bat through the end of the innings.

"I was given a role to bat until the end and others bat around me and that worked well as (Mohammad) Hafeez and then Haris (Sohail) batted well to establish partnerships," said Babar.

The number one ranked batsman in Twenty20 cricket stated his ambition to become the top batsman in the world.

"I can say that this is one of my best knocks because the aim is to be the best batsman in the world," said Babar.