T20 WC: Pakistan semi-finals with fourth consecutive win


  • Namibia could only manage 144 for five against Pakistan’s target of 189 runs.
  • Babar Azam’s 70 and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 79
  • Babar Azam-led team registers fourth consecutive win in T20 World Cup

Fifties from skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan followed the bowlers’ stellar performance to help Pakistan clinch a 45-run victory in the T20 World Cup cricket match against Namibia on Tuesday. With this, Pakistan’s team has reached the semi-finals. Pakistan have played four matches in Group 2 of the Super-12 round and have won all four.

In the match played in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, Pakistan scored a huge score of 189 runs in 20 overs. In which Azam and Rizwa scored half-centuries with century partnership. In reply, Namibia could only manage 144 for five in 20 overs.

The Namibian batsmen could not do much against the huge target of 190 runs given to Pakistan. David Wise scored the highest score for the team. David remained unbeaten on 43 off 31 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. Craig Williams scored 40 runs in 37 balls, which included five fours and a six. Opener Stephen Byrd was run out for 29. Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Harris Rauf and Shadab Khan took one wicket each for Pakistan.

Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first. The opening pair, currently in form, once again registered a century partnership. The pair of wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam gave the team a strong start. He added 113 runs for the first wicket in 14.2 overs.

Both the batsmen hit half-centuries. Namibia got its first success in the form of Azam. Azam scored 70 runs in 49 balls including seven fours. While Fakhar Zaman was dismissed after scoring five runs. Mohammad Hafeez played an unbeaten innings of 32 runs in 16 balls with the help of five fours. While Rizwan played the biggest innings for the team. He scored 79 runs in 50 balls with the help of eight fours and four sixes and remained unbeaten. David Wise and Jane Frylink took a wicket each for Namibia.

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