Enthusiastic by winning three matches in a row, Pakistan will look to secure their place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup by continuing their stellar performance against Namibia on Tuesday. Pakistan’s preparations for the World Cup were not good. New Zealand and England canceled the tour of Pakistan, which did not give their team a chance to practice, but the Babar Azam-led team has performed well in the T20 World Cup so far despite all the adversity.
Pakistan defeated New Zealand and Afghanistan after a historic win against India. He had some weaknesses against these two teams, but that didn’t break his winning streak. If Pakistan’s openers Babar and Mohammad Rizwan don’t work, their middle order is ready to take charge and if they don’t work out, Asif Ali, who specializes in hitting long shots, is ready to win matches.
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However, the team will need a good score from the experienced Mohammad Hafeez. He is the only batsman in the top six who has not made a useful contribution so far. Pakistan’s team looks so strong in bowling that it does not seem that the Namibian batsmen will be able to face them. Their bowlers had given Afghanistan a chance to come back, but against Namibia they would not want to make any such mistake. This will be a big match for Namibia, which had lost to Afghanistan in the previous match and they will leave no stone unturned to give a tough challenge to a top-notch side.
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Namibia’s six wickets against Afghanistan were taken by fast bowlers and Pakistan’s fast bowling attack is quite strong. This will certainly be a matter of concern for Namibia. Namibia have already won hearts by making it to the Super 12, but captain Gerhald Erasmus has made it clear that his team is looking to make a difference. Erasmus said, “We are aware of the challenge. We have to take advantage of reaching this level. This will prove to be a milestone for the future.
The teams are as follows-
Pakistan: Babar Azam (Captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Shaheen Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik.
Namibia: Gerhard Erasmus (Captain), Stephen Bard, JJ Smit, Karl Birkenstock, Jan Freilink, Ben Shikongo, Bernard Scholtz, Craig Williams, Michael van Lingen, Ruben Trumpelmann, Jane Green, David Wiese, Pikki ya France, Michau du Preez, Jan Nicole Lofty-Eaton.