T20 World Cup, Pakistan vs Namibia Highlights: Pakistan comfortably beat Namibia by 45 runs to enter the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup here on Tuesday.
Batting first, Mohammed Rizwan’s unbeaten 79 off 50 balls and skipper Babar Azam’s 70 off 48 balls ensured a commanding 189 for two in 20 overs. Mohammed Hafeez also smashed 32 off 16 balls at the death. In reply, Namibia were restricted to 144 for five with Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan picking up a wicket apiece.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 189/2 in 20 overs (Md Rizwan 79 not out, Babar Azam 70, Md Hafeez 32 not out). Namibia 144/5 in 20 overs (Craig Williams 40, David Wiese 43 not out, Imad Wasim 1/13).
The last over is just a formality now. They need 62 from 6 balls. Shaheen Afridi to finish this off. Huge six by Weise. Shuffles across just a tad, got it in his arc and sends it over deep square leg. And it’s a no ball and 4 runs off it. All over. Pakistan qualify for the semis. Beat Namibia by 45 runs.
Pakistan are through to the semis 🔥#T20WorldCup | #PAKvNAM | https://t.co/LOepIWiGnz pic.twitter.com/iX9UrG511o
The penultimate over starts of the Namibian innings. There’s the first one! In the slot and Wiese just gets under it, scoops a straight hit and flops just beyond the rope! Match is all but over now. 12 off the over. NAM 128/5 after 19 overs.
17th over starts. Namibia are struggling now with runs being stifled. Haris Rauf in to bowl. And Rauf takes another. Smit is gone. Namibia are starting to crumble. NAM 110/5 after 16.5 overs.
And another goes down. Shadab has a wicket right at the end of his spell. Plinked to long-off, Shadab strikes with his final ball! Floats up a tempter wide of the stumps and Williams’ eyes light up… only for him to slice it, possibly the bat twisting in his hands, and it’s a simple catch for the man coming in off the rope. NAM 93/4 after 14 overs.
And the skipper goes. He was looking dangerous. Chipped to the edge of the off-side ring. PAK get important wicket as NAM lose 3rd wicket. NAM 83/3 after 12.3 overs.
Shadab to bowl the 12th over. Stumping appeal but no. Erasmus is fine. Just 1 off the 11th over. And Shaheen Afridi has dropped one. Erasmus survives. And 4 the next ball. 7 off this over. NAM 78/2 after 12 overs.
And SIXXXX. It’s rifled straight by the Namibian skipper. And Shadab is hit for another 4 as we go for drinks. That’s more like it from Namibia. 14 off the over. NAM 70/2 after 10 overs.
And Williams has gone for it. Hafeez gets the treatment. Down the wicket, and lofted over long-on. And I think this is a run out. Oh no, it is just short of the crease at the time Rizwan whips the bails off. Perhaps the toe-end of the bat got stuck in the turf, but timely breakthrough for Pakistan!. Baard walks. NAM 55/2 after 8.4 overs.
Stephan Baard is run out for 29.
He dives but falls just short of the crease. #T20WorldCup | #PAKvNAM | https://t.co/LOepIWiGnz pic.twitter.com/yqBhLhvqDZ
Wasim to Williams and is this out? They are checking for a stumping. Just pitched around off, and gripped a touch away. Nope. Foot is grounded. Namibia need to get a move along. And the last ball is whacked away for a 4. NAM 40/1 after 7 overs.
Last over of powerplay begins. Namibia are having a slow start, considering the need to reach 190. Rauf to bowl and starts with a wide. And Baard has picked this one up. Sublime shot for a 6. 10 off this over. NAM 34/1 after 6 overs.
Hasan Ali starts the 4th over. This has been a slow start by the Namibians. Need to hit more boundaries like this one. Short, and he almost ends up playing an evasive shot. One hand off the bat, but it has run away off the edge towards fine leg. 8 off this over. PAK 23/1 after 4 overs.
Shaheen in to bowl the 3rd. Gets hit for a 4 in the 4th ball. Driven on the up by Baard, with some width on offer outside off. 7 off this over. NAM 15/0 after 3 overs.
And the first wicket goes. Ali strikes gold. Clean bowled. Michael van Lingen is gone. Missed it completely. That will do his confidence a lot of good. NAM 8/1 after 1.3 overs.
Hasan Ali knocks over Michael van Lingen for 4.#T20WorldCup | #PAKvNAM | https://t.co/LOepIWiGnz pic.twitter.com/GmPujHEgtV
Shaheen Shah Afridi to get things moving. Baard beaten starightaway with two back to back balls. Slight misfield and Namibia get 2 runs on the board. 4 to end the over. NAM 7/0 after 1 over.
5 Babar Azam – Mohammad Rizwan
4 Rohit – Dhawan
4 Guptill – Williamson
– All five century stands between Babar and Rizwan have come in 2021.
190/4 Afg v Sco Sharjah
189/2 Pak v Sco Abu Dhabi
181/7 Ban v PNG Al Amerat
172/5 SL v Ban Sharjah
1665 Chris Gayle (2015)
1661 MOHD RIZWAN (2021) *
1614 Virat Kohli (2016)
1607 Babar Azam (2019)
79* runs off 50 balls 🔥
Mohammad Rizwan is SPECIAL. That’s it, that’s is the tweet!
Let’s win this #TeamPakistan #PAKvNAM #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/dfrnhgpiZ1
Last over now. 180 seems a probabale total. But you never know with these matches. And Rizwan starts with a 4. Crowd wanted a 6 and well, they got it. Huge SIXXX by Rizwan. And another four. What is happening here? Rizwan has just exploded after a cagey start. And another 4 to follow. Smit is getting pummeled. And another 4. Every ball has been sent to the boundary. And a 2 to end. PAK reach 189/2 after 20 overs.
And the penultimate over starts. Wiese to bowl. And a 6 to bring up his half century. What a shot. That has gone miles. 10 off the over. Just one more to go. PAK 165/2 after 19 overs.
Trumpelmann gets treated the same by Hafeez. He is just toying with the fielders. And another. Big shot. Outside edge and there’s another four runs to add to the total. Another inside edge. Could have been caught. Not going the bowler’s way at all. And another 4 to finish the over. Easily put away by Hafeez. 3 fours in this over. PAK 155/2 after 18 overs.
Four for Hafeez @MHafeez22
what an ART #PAKvsNAM #PakvsNamibia pic.twitter.com/KcIXUCuIjY