T20 World Cup: Pakistan first team to make way to semis


Pakistan turned the primary group to succeed in the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals after beating Namibia by 45 runs, with sensible half centuries from Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Rizwan completed with a slow-to-fast 50-ball 79 not out whereas Babar notched his 23rd Twenty20 worldwide fifty with a 49-ball 70 to raise Pakistan — who received the toss and batted — to 189-2 of their 20 overs.

Namibia tried their finest to match their opponents, with David Wiese notching 43 not out and Craig Williams scoring 40, however Pakistani bowlers by no means allowed them a free hand as they managed 144-5 in 20 overs.

With 4 wins in as many video games, Pakistan turned the primary facet to succeed in the final 4 from Group 2. This will likely be their fifth semi-final in Twenty20 World Cup historical past — essentially the most by any group. Williams knocked 5 boundaries and a six earlier than he holed out to spinner Shadab Khan whereas Wiese smashed two sixes and three boundaries in his 31-ball knock.

Opener Stephan Baard scored 29.

Babar stated Pakistan went with a distinct plan, batting first. “It was a distinct plan at this time, needed that opening partnership to go deep and it labored for us,” stated Babar. “Rizwan was very good within the ultimate few overs.

Pakistan skipper was assured his group will hold the profitable momentum.

“The whole lot has gone in accordance with plan, we’re wanting ahead to the semi-finals and taking part in our cricket with the identical depth.”

Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus admitted his facet was outplayed.

“We knew from the beginning that Pakistan are of top of the range, they appear to be title contenders, we knew we’d need to compete arduous and I assumed we did that for fairly some time however ultimately it was not sufficient,” stated Erasmus.