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Afghanistan vs Namibia, Cricket Score T20 World Cup 2021 Match Highlights: Afghanistan Thrash Namibia By 62 Runs In Asghar Afghan's Swansong
T20 World Cup 2021 Highlights, AFG vs NAM: Afghanistan thrash Afghanistan by 62 in the Super 12 fixture at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
AFG vs NAM: Afghanistan thrash Namibia by 62 runs in Abu Dhabi© AFP
- Afghanistan face Namibia in a Group 2 match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
- Afghanistan would aim return to winning ways when they take on Namibia.
- Namibia will be eager to continue their dream run in the T20 World Cup.
Afghanistan on Sunday defeated Namibia by 62 runs in a Group 2 fixture at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Chasing a target of 161, Namibia were restricted to 98/9. Earlier, Mohammad Shahzad starred with the bat as Afghanistan posted a total of 160/5 against Namibia. Shahzad chipped in with a 33-ball 45 while Hazratullah Zazai (33), Asghar Afghan (31) and Mohammad Nabi (32) also made vital contributions. For Namibia, Ruben Trumpelmann and Jon Loftie-Eaton scalped two wickets each while JJ Smits picked one wicket. Initially, Afghanistan had won the toss and skipper Nabi elected to bat first. (SCORECARD)
T20 World Cup 2021 Afghanistan vs Namibia Highlights From Sheikh Zayed Stadium In Abu Dhabi
Super 12 - Match 27, ICC World Twenty20, 2021, Oct 31, 2021
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Afghanistan beat Namibia by 62 runs
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Mohammad Nabi, the Afghanistan captain says, the boys are in the good morale. Mentions, they are mentally prepared for the chase, if it ever comes to that. Adds that Zazai and Shahzad have been brutal with the bat up front since ages and hopes they are just working along nicely. Mentions, they are happy to perform with the pace attack today and praises Hassan for his exceptional spell. Adds, he was informed yesterday about Afghan’s decision. Says, it was a shocking decision, but Afghan will be a great T20I captain for the history. Adds, Nabi could not make him change his decision, as Afghan was stuck to his word.
Gerhard Erasmus, the Namibian skipper, says that they knew it was going to be a level up from the previous game as they are a Test nation and have quality bowling. Adds that they had to change their plans a bit and believes that the batters couldn't stay for too long on the crease and they did give away a few more runs in the Powerplay as well. Mentions that 160 was a good total and they just had too much quality in attack and even with Mujeeb not playing, all their pacers bowled well. Adds that they know the challenge is getting greater but they deserve to be here and takes this as a stepping stone for the future.
Naveen-ul-Haq wins the Player of the Match award, but he dedicates his man of the match award to Asghar, for his contribution to Afghanistan cricket. He says, Naveen-ul-Haq has been exceptional in the shortest form of cricket. Naveen adds it is very special to play in front of the fans. On the new ball, he says he did study a lot and thought to bring in variations would benefit him. Naveen also adds Afghan has been a great skipper for generations. Afghan ends by thanking the fans for their support.
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Earlier in the innings, the Afghan openers got off to a flying start. But as both fell, the run flow was brought under control. Nabi and Afghan knocked some crucial runs to reach the 160-run mark. In the end, Afghan bowlers were on song and got over the line in the end with ease.
Chasing 161 was always going to be a difficult for Namibia, they needed partnerships but they got none. Just the one batter managed to cross the 20-run mark and that was a David Wiese. The rest really struggled to cope to the pace of the wicket and in the end have fallen well short of the target.
Yet another comprehensive win for Afghanistan! They were without Mujeeb Ur Rahman but they did not miss him one bit. Another excellent display with the ball by them but this time it was the pacers who worked their magic. Naveen-ul-Haq started things off with two quickly. Gulbadin Naib and Hamid Hassan then continued the good work. Rashid Khan was economical but the three mentioned above were the stars. Difficult to pick one as all three were equally good.
A fitting end then for Asghar Afghan. A big one to round off what has been a career to remember. He is being carried around the ground by Gulbadin Naib on his shoulders.
That's it, Afghanistan are back to winning ways! On middle and Ruben Trumpelmann heaves it to deep mid-wicket for another one. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 62 RUNS!
Length this time, around off. Bernard Scholtz gets it through covers for a single.
Short ball, banged in slow and well outside off. Bernard Scholtz tries to reach it and uppercut it but misses.
Full and straight, Ruben Trumpelmann digs it out to long off for another one.
Fullish ball, angled in at the leg stump. Bernard Scholtz clears his front leg and heaves it down to long on for a single.
A length ball, on off and this is tapped to cover-point.
Karim Janat to bowl the final over.
Another slower one from Naveen-ul-Haq. This is on a length and outside off. Ruben Trumpelmann swings hard at it but misses it completely.
Slower one, banged in around the helmet. Ruben Trumpelmann pulls it across nicely but straight to deep square leg. Doesn't take the single yet again.
Back of a length, outside off. Trumpelmann pulls it down to long off but denies the single.
FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries and Ruben Trumpelmann is spoiling Naveen-ul-Haq's figures. Full and right in the slot again, Trumpelmann smokes it back past the bowler and finds the fence yet again.