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Pakistan vs Namibia T20 World Cup 2021 Highlights: Pakistan drub Namibia to secure semi-finals berth

Pakistan won against Namibia by 45 runs. 

India TV Sports Desk Written by: India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Updated on: November 03, 2021 11:57 IST
Babar Azam of Pakistan bats during the ICC Men's T20 World
Image Source : FRANCOIS NEL/GETTY IMAGES

Babar Azam of Pakistan bats during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between Pakistan and Namibia at Sheikh Zayed stadium on November 02, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan vs Namibia T20 World Cup 2021 Highlights: 

Babar Azam's Pakistan continued on their winning spree in the ongoing T20 World Cup. After clinching a clinical win against Namibia by 45 runs, the green brigade has registered its third victory in the tournament. With this win, Pakistan have secured their semi-finals spot in the prestigious tournament. 

Babar Azam: It's really good, we're maintaining our winning momentum. We wanted to do things differently today, test our batting. Conditions were tough early on, they bowled well and we wanted to take the partnership deep. The way Hafeez batted and got into form, it was important for us as he is a key player. Hasan Ali was given the new ball as conditions were suitable. If you need to win tournaments, you need to be consistent across all departments. The fielding was a bit lax, there was dew, so that's an area to improve. Need to keep improving and irrespective of whom we face in the semifinal, we want to maintain the same intensity.

Gerhard Erasmus: We knew from the start that Pakistan have high quality players and are an in-form team. They have played like title-contenders to be fair. We talked about being better for longer periods. I thought that after 11 overs, they were excellent in their shot selection. Their quality shone through in the end. Doesn't get easier after this, New Zealand are a quality side too. Hope we can take lessons from this and compete better. It's a great exposure for our players. Shows that more exposure you get, more comfortable you will be at this level. We haven't played a lot at this level. The finger is getting better.

Mohammad Rizwan | Player of the Match: It was difficult to bat initially and conditions proved to be very tricky for both of us (Me and Babar). Even when we tried to play normal shots or big hits, it just didn't work out and then we decided to take it deep and attack at the end. But that said, I want to give the credit to the (Namibia) bowlers because they kept bowling in the same area at the start and bowled really well. Hafeez's innings gave us the momentum and he kept telling me to stay patient and in the last over I decided to go hard and got some useful runs. We are gelling well as a team and have ticked all the boxes and will see what lies ahead for us.

 

Pakistan Playing XI

Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

Namibia Playing XI
Stephan Baard, Michael van Lingen, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Zane Green (wk), Jan Frylinck, Ben Shikongo