Pool A - 2003 World Cup

Namibia v Pakistan

At Kimberley, February 16, 2003. Pakistan won by 171 runs. Toss: Pakistan. One-day international debuts: M. van Schoor, R. J. van Vuuren.

Shoaib Akhtar bowled one of the fastest spells in history, touching 99mph, Wasim Akram found his zip again, and together they shredded Namibia. Chasing 256, Namibia were three for three before they knew it, with Wasim - in his record-breaking 34th World Cup appearance - bending the ball late and fast into the pads, Shoaib sprinting in, and six slips waiting with open hands. There was, as the captain Deon Kotze admitted, "a bit of a rush to put the pads on". Only a last-wicket stand of 42 took Namibia past the lowest World Cup total (45 by Canada against England in 1979) and the innings lasted less than 18 overs. Earlier, Namibia had constricted a sluggish Pakistan with agile fielding and controlled bowling - much to the disappointment of the Pakistani supporters. But they found their voice later.

Man of the Match: Wasim Akram. Attendance: 2,943.

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