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RESULT
27th Match, Group 2, Abu Dhabi, October 31, 2021, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(20 ov, T:161) 98/9

Afghanistan won by 62 runs

Player Of The Match
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naveen-ul-haq
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Scorecard summary
Afghanistan 160/5(20 overs)
Namibia 98/9(20 overs)
end of over 204 runs
NAM: 98/9CRR: 4.90 
Ruben Trumpelmann12 (9b 2x4)
Bernard Scholtz6 (11b)
Karim Janat 2-0-11-0
Naveen-ul-Haq 4-0-26-3

That's all from this game but I am sure, like all of us, Afghanistan too will be keeping an eye on India vs New Zealand in Dubai. Let's go there.

Mohammad Nabi: The boys have a good morale. Our plan is normally to bat first but mentally we are ready to chase as well. In the meetings, we tell both openers to go and play their game. The way they are playing for last ten years. We always depend on spin, but we have good seamers too. They are quality bowlers as Hamid showed today. Last night Asghar told me that tomorrow it might be my last game. It's his decision. He has played for 16 years, captained for 6-7 years, and has won a lot of games for Afghanistan. He has won the most games for a captain in the world. [On if he asked him to change his mind] He had already decided.

Gerhard Erasmus: We knew it would be a level up from the previous games. Afghanistan got away with the bat and a few partnerships stretched the total. I don't think the pitch changed too much. To chase 160, you need to bat well. It was quality of their attack and their cricketers, even with Mujeeb not playing, it showed today. We are going to take this as a stepping stone for the future.

Mujtaba: "People get so caught up in NRR scenarios that they fail to see the points are the first separator"

ashish ranjan: "Never retire in between a tournament. It does not do anything good for the team environment. But if a player is taking such a decision, you can't help but think that there is something going wrong within the board and player or something similar."

DavidS: "I think Afghanistan's NRR is being overstated. NZ and India could well thrash both Namibia and Scotland."

Naveen-ul-Haq is the Player of the Match. He dedicates the award to Asghar Afghan. "I made my debut under his captaincy, so I want to dedicate it to him," Naveen says.

"Naveen showed his talent today," Asghar adds.

"I was watching the first innings carefully, on how to bowl with the new ball," Naveen resumes. "It's special to bowl in front of the Afghanistan fans. I think Asghar has been the best captain Afghanistan has ever produced. We will be missing him a lot."

Asghar thanks his fans for all the support they have given him throughout his career and asks them to continue their support throughout the tournament.

5.25pm A thumping 62-run win for Afghanistan. That will boost their net run rate further. They were without Mujeeb and 160 wasn't a particularly daunting total but Naeevn-ul-Haq's variations and Hamid Hassan's pace didn't allow Namibia to go anywhere. Both ended with three wickets each. Asghar Afghan, the most successful captain in T20I cricket, ends his career with a win too. Afghanistan though will be worried about Gurbaz, who injured his right arm while going for a catch.

19.6
1
Karim Janat to Trumpelmann, 1 run

fuller outside off, slogs it towards deep midwicket for one

19.5
1
Karim Janat to Scholtz, 1 run

a slower one outside off, cuts it past the point fielder but only a single

19.4
Karim Janat to Scholtz, no run

a bouncer outside off, Scholtz was looking to pull but misses

19.3
1
Karim Janat to Trumpelmann, 1 run

fuller around off, hits it towards long-on. Trumpelmann was looking for the second but will have to be satisfied with one only

19.2
1
Karim Janat to Scholtz, 1 run

fuller on the stumps, backs away and hits it towards long-on

19.1
Karim Janat to Scholtz, no run

length outside off, slashes it towards backward point

Karim Janat is back

end of over 199 runs
NAM: 94/9CRR: 4.94 RRR: 67.00 • Need 67 from 6b
Ruben Trumpelmann10 (7b 2x4)
Bernard Scholtz4 (7b)
Naveen-ul-Haq 4-0-26-3
Gulbadin Naib 4-1-19-2

Muaz: "How will this run rate affect/effect India and New Zealand. Seems like they will both be kicked out" -- Think more than the NRR what matters the most for Afghanistan is how they do against New Zealand and India

18.6
Naveen-ul-Haq to Trumpelmann, no run

a slower length ball, goes for the pull but too early into the shot. Misses

18.5
Naveen-ul-Haq to Trumpelmann, no run

a slower bouncer, waits for it and pulls it towards deep square leg. Another single declined

Mohammed Mujeeb: "Mujeeb for Karim and Hashmatullah for Asghar in the next match. Rashid at No. 8 is enough batting if they perform to their potential and Naveen "

18.4
Naveen-ul-Haq to Trumpelmann, no run

a length ball outside off, hits it flat towards long-off and refuses the single

Shah Safeer: "@Hemant don't you think Asghar should have waited a little long to announce his retirement from cricket? Can they take a replacement for him from the reserves? " --- He shouldn't have but then I don't know the reason behind his decision. Also, I am not sure if Afghanistan can ask for a replacement

18.3
4
Naveen-ul-Haq to Trumpelmann, FOUR runs

goes for the yorker but Trumpelmann jams it into the ground and it bounces over the bowler's head. Four more

18.2
4
Naveen-ul-Haq to Trumpelmann, FOUR runs

fuller outside off, swings across and sends it towards the deep midwicket boundary

18.1
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Scholtz, 1 run

length ball around off, backs away and steers it past point

Ganesh Tiwari: "Why was Mujeeb dropped btw?" --- He is injured

end of over 185 runs
NAM: 85/9CRR: 4.72 RRR: 38.00 • Need 76 from 12b
Bernard Scholtz3 (6b)
Ruben Trumpelmann2 (2b)
Gulbadin Naib 4-1-19-2
Hamid Hassan 4-0-9-3
17.6
1
Gulbadin to Scholtz, 1 run

length ball in the line of the stumps, punched towards long-off

17.5
2
Gulbadin to Scholtz, 2 runs

another slower length ball, hits it past extra cover for a couple

17.4
Gulbadin to Scholtz, no run

a back-of-the-hand slower one. On a length outside off. Pushed towards backward point

17.3
Gulbadin to Scholtz, no run

a slower length ball outside off, slapped towards extra cover

17.2
Gulbadin to Scholtz, no run

a loopy, slow full toss outside off, pushes at it but extra cover comes in the way

17.1
1
Gulbadin to Trumpelmann, 1 run

a slower length ball, comes down the ground and slaps it towards deep midwicket

17.1
1w
Gulbadin to Trumpelmann, 1 wide

short of length on the leg stump, Trumpelmann ducks under

In an ideal world, I would drop Karim Janat for the next match, bring a fit Mujeeb in and ask Asghar to postpone his retirement. But we don't live in an ideal world. Anyway, here's Naib

end of over 173 runs • 1 wicket
NAM: 80/9CRR: 4.70 RRR: 27.00 • Need 81 from 18b
Bernard Scholtz0 (1b)
Ruben Trumpelmann1 (1b)
Hamid Hassan 4-0-9-3
Gulbadin Naib 3-1-14-2
16.6
Hamid to Scholtz, no run

length ball outside off, pushes at it and gets beaten

Bernard Scholtz is the last man in

Best performances - batters
Mohammad Shahzad
Mohammad Shahzad AFG
45 runs (33)
3 fours2 sixes
Control
70%
Productive shot
on drive
9 runs
0 four1 six
7414201413
Hazratullah Zazai
Hazratullah Zazai AFG
33 runs (27)
4 fours2 sixes
Control
46%
Productive shot
cut shot
8 runs
2 fours0 six
44459700
Best performances - bowlers
Hamid Hassan
Hamid Hassan AFG
O
4
M
0
R
9
W
3
ECO
2.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Naveen-ul-Haq
Naveen-ul-Haq AFG
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
3
ECO
6.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossAfghanistan, elected to bat first
Series
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Afghanistan
Naveen-ul-Haq
Match numberT20I no. 1380
Match days31 October 2021 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
Pakistan
Ahsan Raza
New Zealand
Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
Australia
Paul Reiffel
Reserve Umpire
England
Richard Illingworth
Match Referee
India
Javagal Srinath
PointsAfghanistan 2, Namibia 0
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
AFG 100%
AFGNAM
100%50%100%AFG InningsNAM Innings

Over 20 • NAM 98/9

Afghanistan won by 62 runs
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AUS54181.216
SA54180.739
SL5234-0.269
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BAN5050-2.383
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IND53261.747
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IRE3122-0.853
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