Pakistan become the first team from Group 2 to reach the semi-final after they defeated Namibia in Abu Dhabi making it four out of four.

Chasing 190, Namibia were dealt an early blow as Hasan Ali castled Michael van Lingen.

Stephan Baard and Craig Williams hold the innings with a 47-run stand but off 43 balls. Despite their best attempts, both the batters were kept tied down by the Pakistani bowlers, who didn’t let them score boundaries freely.

Baard’s run-a-ball innings of 29 was then ended with a run-out. Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus started off briskly with a four and a six off Shadab Khan but fell to Imad Wasim. Craig Williams was the next wicket to fall, after scoring 40 runs off 37 balls.

Haris Rauf accounted for JJ Smit. David Wiese smacked a few powerful hits – 3 fours and 2 sixes – but it was all in vain as Pakistan registered a thumping 45-run win.

Pakistan. Image Source: Twitter

After electing to bat first, Pakistan openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan started off cautiously against in-form left-arm seamer Ruben Trumpelmann, who bowled a maiden first over.

The next two overs yielded only 6 runs before Babar Azam hit Pakistan’s first boundary in the fourth over. 10 runs came off the fifth over, bowled by JJ Smit. Jan Frylinck kept things tight in the sixth over, conceding only 6 runs as Pakistan ended the powerplay at 29/0.

The partnership grew as both the batters ran hard for singles and doubles before upping the ante: a flurry of boundaries came from the bat of both the right-handers before they tore into Trumpelmann, taking 18 runs, including Rizwan hitting the first six of the match in the 12th over.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. (Credits: Twitter)

Rizwan then danced down the track to Loftie-Eaton to slam him for a maximum down the ground, as the century-stand came up in the 13th over. David Wiese provided his side with their first breakthrough, dismissing Babar for 70. Pakistan lost their second in quick succession with Fakhar Zaman edging Jan Frylinck.

Mohammad Hafeez then came out all guns blazing, stroking one boundary after another, racing to 32* off 16 balls. Rizwan, on 55 off 44, was looking for his breakthrough over and got in the last over of the innings: he whacked 4 fours and a six to JJ Smit, rumbling to 79* off 50 balls as Pakistan finished on 189/2.

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