Pakistan team need just one victory to qualify for the semi-final. Namibia is still in that race because they got one victory over Scotland out of their three matches. Namibia will play their first-ever t20I matches against Pakistan today. David Wiese is the most runs scorer so far, for the Namibia team with 142 runs in five innings. MG Erasmus scored 121, CG Williams 79. JN Frylinck took seven wickets, R Trumpelmann6, JJ Smit 4. From the Pakistan team, Haris Rauf took six wickets in three innings, Shaheen Shah Afridi five. Babar Azam scored 128 runs, Mohammad Rizwan 120.
PAK vs NAM Highlights Today, Tuesday 2-11-2021. 31st Match, Group 2, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Pakistan vs Namibia, from Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Babar won the toss, Pakistan will bat first.
Babar Azam wants to test the batters today, expectedly so. Expects some help for the bowlers in Abu Dhabi. Going with the same team.
Erasmus is happy with the decision, would have bowled. Two changes: Stephan Baard and Ben Shikingo come in for Pikki Ya France and Bernard Scholtz.
Pakistan team: 1 Babar Azam (capt), 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3 Fakhar Zaman, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Asif Ali, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Haris Rauf, 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Namibia team: 1 Stephan Baard, 2 Michael van Lingen, 3 Craig Williams, 4 Gerhard Erasmus (capt), 5 David Wiese, 6 JJ Smit, 7 Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, 8 Zane Green (wk), 9 Jan Frylinck, 10 Ruben Trumpelmann, 11 Ben Shikongo.
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Points Table
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021/22 Complete Fixture
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 18:00 Local
Umpires – Chris Brown, Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire – Paul Reiffel
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Richard Illingworth
Match number – T20I no. 1386 – ICC T20 World Cup 2021 31st Match
Post Match Presentation.
Gerhard Erasmus: “We knew from the start that Pakistan are high quality, they look like title contenders, we knew we’d have to compete hard and I thought we did that for quite a while. We spoke about being better for longer, then resetting and going again. Pakistan were outstanding with their shot selection and their quality showed through the back end of the innings. [Next games] Doesn’t get any easier, NZ are quality but we’ll take confidence and try to take that game as deep as we can. We’ll be looking to get some great exposure for our players, you gain the confidence and it shows we can operate at this level. [Finger injury?] Finger’s sore but you have to get through, it’s a real milestone for cricket in Namibia.”
Babar Azam: “It was a different plan today, wanted that opening partnership to go deep and it worked for us. Two good players in Hafeez and Hasan Ali, they’ll be important in the next stage and it was important we ticked those boxes. There was some dew that didn’t help with the fielding, but that’s not an excuse, we need to be better. Everything has gone according to plan, we’re looking forward to the semi-finals and playing our cricket with the same intensity”
Mohammed Rizwan is Player of the Match: He praises the Namibia bowling and says he had to take the innings deep, as it was difficult to start off (according to Bazid Khan, who is handling the presentation). The plan was to take it deep and get runs at the back end. All the boxes ticked for the tournament, he thinks Pakistan are in with a fighting chance