31st Match, Group 2 (N), Abu Dhabi, Nov 2 2021, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(20 ov, target 190)144/5
Pakistan won by 45 runs
Player Of The Match
79* (50)
end of over 2016 runs
NAM: 144/5CRR: 7.20 
David Wiese43 (31)
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton7 (7)
Shaheen Shah Afridi 4-0-36-0
Haris Rauf 4-0-25-1

9.50pm: Time for the captains, starting with 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."

Pakistan's 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" [thanks Bazid, once again].

Okay. No funny business from Pakistan - they are a serious outfit at this World Cup. Four wins from four and they become the first team to qualify. Sreshth Shah's report will be up shortly, and we'll be back for more with another double-header tomorrow: New Zealand vs Scotland and India vs Afghanistan.Thanks for your comments, from myself, Debayan and Thilak, it's goodnight and good luck. Bye!

9.40pm: Pakistan wanted to test themselves, and they were given a good runout by this game Namibia side. But quality told in the end, Pakistan picking up pace like a boulder going downhill as they crushed 189 from their 20 overs, then the bowlers effectively kept a lid on the chase. They have matched England (and West Indies and Afghanistan before them) in winning batting first during the Super 12s, and move to 8 points in Group 2; who will join them remains a point of intrigue, and Namibia aren't out of it, by any means - they just need to beat New Zealand and India and keep their fingers crossed

Mohammed Rizwan is Player of the Match for his unbeaten 79 from 50 balls. 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

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Wiese, no run

short ball, pace off and it spins through as Wiese swings and misses - Pakistan win by 45 runs and qualify for the semi-finals

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Wiese, 2 runs

140kph full toss and it's chipped into the leg side, falls safely for a couple

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Wiese, no run

no it's not... dug in short and Wiese edges the free hit through to Rizwan

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Wiese, (no ball) FOUR runs

short and swatted behind square, Wiese finds the ropes again with a cross-batted swish. And it's a front-foot no-ball from Afridi! It's happening!!

"Still mathematically they can win, if Shaheen keeps bowling no-balls." Sure, Moin. I mean, he's not bowled any so far today. But you're right, he could overstep 30-40 times

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Wiese, SIX runs

kerrrrrrrrrrrrr-plunk! That's on to the grass banks! Just a half-volley on the pads and he smokes it over deep square. Not sure he actually changed the bat in the end - but nothing wrong with the equipment there

Wiese's not happy with his bat handle, he wants a replacement. This is one way to keep Pakistan waiting...

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Wiese, 2 runs

full toss, flubbed down the ground and short of long-on, they manage a couple as the boundary rider comes in

"Win probability should be at zero now for Namibia." Never say never, Imran Rahi. We have it at 0.01% for a reason

Shaheen Shah Afridi to JN Loftie-Eaton, 1 run

flung full and wide, slower ball from Afridi and it's sliced to third

Now, I'm pretty sure even my maths can't save Namibia here. Shaheen Afridi to dot the 't's and cross the 'i's for Pakistan

end of over 1912 runs
NAM: 128/5CRR: 6.73 RRR: 62.00 • Need 62 runs from 6b
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton6 (6)
David Wiese29 (25)
Haris Rauf 4-0-25-1
Hasan Ali 4-0-22-1
Haris Rauf to JN Loftie-Eaton, 1 run

pitched up, NL-E makes room and drives to mid-off, scurries through as Babar's throw comes in

Haris Rauf to JN Loftie-Eaton, 2 runs

round the wicket, decent yorker at 150kph/93mph and Loftie-Eaton plays it well, casually punches a couple through backward point

Haris Rauf to Wiese, 1 leg bye

fired into the pads at 142kph as Wiese attempts to come down, deflected into the off side for one

Haris Rauf to Wiese, 2 runs

short ball with pace on, swatted out to deep midwicket for a couple

Rauf loses his footing attempting to run in...

Haris Rauf to Wiese, no run

does him with a slower ball, 124kph/77mph and it spins through outside off

Haris Rauf to Wiese, SIX runs

there's the first one! In the slot and Wiese just gets under it, scoops a straight hit and flops just beyond the rope!

Well, Namibia aren't quite out of it, mathematically: 12 sixes from here and they are home and hosed would still lose by one run. Debayan has fixed my faulty calculation...

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