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T20 World Cup, Afghanistan vs Namibia Highlights: AFG win by 62 runs

T20 World Cup, Afghanistan vs Namibia Highlights: Afghanistan registered their second victory of the tournament so far after restricting Namibia to 98/9 in the chase of 161.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: October 31, 2021 7:24:59 pm
T20 World Cup, Afghanistan vs Namibia Highlights: The match was held in Abu Dhabi. (Twitter/ICC)

T20 World Cup, Afghanistan vs Namibia Highlights: Afghanistan defeated minnows Namibia by 62 runs in their Super 12 Group 2 match to keep their semi-final hopes alive at the ICC T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Opting to bat, Mohammad Shahzad (45) and Hazratullah Zazai (33) added 53 for the opening wicket. Playing the last match of his international career, Asghar Afghan made a 23-ball 31, while Mohammad Nabi (32) was the other contributor for Afghanistan. In reply, Namibia were restricted to 98/9 in 20 overs. Hamid Hassan (3/9) and Naveen-ul-Haq (3/26) were among wickets.

Afghanistan: 160/5 in 20 overs (Mohammad Shahzad 45; Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton 2/21)

Namibia: 98/9 in 20 overs (David Wiese 26; Hamid Hassan 3/9, Naveen-ul-Haq 3/26)

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T20 World Cup, Afghanistan vs Namibia Highlights:

19:10 (IST)31 Oct 2021


19:05 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Gulbadin Naib flexes muscles for team and Asghar Afghan

As soon as he pouched a skier from Picky ya France, Gulbadin Naib stood there, his back ramrod straight, and flexed his muscles like a bodybuilder. The mind went back to the 2008 documentary on Afghanistan cricket ‘Out of Ashes’ where Naib was featured as a 17-year old in love with bodybuilding. He would talk about his unemployed father, his disabled sister, and a mother suffering from hepatitis and he would break down in tears. The years rolled by and he even captained the team in the 2019 World Cup, which proved quite an unpleasant experience for him. He even alleged that a “mafia circle” was controlling the cricket and some players had deliberately underperformed in the world cup because he was the captain. 

“I am going to reveal every person’s identity involved in corruption and other misconducts and betrayals against our nation cricket and its people … The same circle have access all the way to some high level gov (government) officials, who have influence over the cricket board and management. Some blatantly admitted to the board that they were not performing as they were supposed to during the world cup because of my captaincy…” he had tweeted. 

Two years later, even as the country has undergone seismic changes with Taliban returning to power, Naib continues to flex his muscles for the team. It was his cameo that took Afghanistan to a competitive total against Pakistan, which they nearly defended. Now, against Namibia, he has taken 2 for 19 after smashing a 17-ball 32. Incidentally, this was the last game for Asghar Afghan.

18:58 (IST)31 Oct 2021
AFG win by 62 runs!

Scholtz (6*) and Trumpelmann (12*) make it to the end as Afghanistan win by 62 runs. Janat bowls the final over as the equation stands on 67 off the final over. The tail-enders manage to take four singles and that's it! NAM: 98/9 (20 overs)

18:51 (IST)31 Oct 2021
All but over for NAM

After Hamid picked up his third wicket with yet another yorker, dismissing Wiese on 26, the Afghanistan batters slow down quite a bit. Scholtz (3*) and Trumpelmann (2*) choose to wait it out. 76 off 12 balls now. NAM: 85/9 (18 overs)

18:40 (IST)31 Oct 2021

Another one! Gulbadin scalps his second as he removes Ya France (3) with a caught and bowled. NAM: 77/8 (16 overs)

18:35 (IST)31 Oct 2021
NAM slip further, need 88 off 30

Namibia batters tried to dig in but their long wait is ended by Naveen! His third wicket of the evening as he dismisses Frylinck on 6, helped by a catch by the skipper Nabi. Wiese, on the other end, is batting on 24*. NAM: 73/7 (15 overs)

18:15 (IST)31 Oct 2021

Hamid makes it worse for Namibia as his yorker cleans up the skipper Erasmus on 12. On comes Smit and he offers his wicket on the final ball of the over. He edges one behind to Shahzad and walks back on a duck. NAM: 56/6 (11 overs)

18:09 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Erasmus, Wiese hold fort

Erasmus (12*) and Wiese (14*) stabilise the innings somewhat with the help coming from the latter in the form of a four against Gulbadin. The pair keep the run counter ticking in Rashid's over, getting six runs off it. NAM: 55/4 (10 overs)

17:57 (IST)31 Oct 2021

Rashid strikes on his first ball of the innings! He bowls Green out on 1. NAM: 36/4 (7.1 overs)

17:49 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Erasmus, Green make it to end of powerplay

Namibia are in a tough position now! Afte Hamid concedes just two singles in his over, Gulbadin comes into the attack and bowls a superb one! A wicket-maiden of a first over as he bowls Loftie-Eaton out on 14. NAM: 29/3 (6 overs)

17:36 (IST)31 Oct 2021

Another Naveen over, another wicket! Afghanistan are in the driving seat of the contest now. Van Lingen falls victim to the spinner's slower delivery as his mistimed shot is caught by Hamid. He departs on 11. NAM: 19/2 (3 overs)

17:24 (IST)31 Oct 2021
NAM lose a wicket early on

Craig Williams and Michael van Lingen open the chase as Naveen-ul-Haq opens the attack with the ball in Abu Dhabi. On the third ball itself, Afghanistan strike gold. Williams (1) goes for a big one against Naveen but fails to get any sort of connection. The ball goes straight into the hands of Ghani. On comes Loftie-Eaton for Namibia. NAM: 3/1 (1 over)

17:07 (IST)31 Oct 2021
AFG end on 160/5, NAM need 161 runs to win

Two fours from Nabi leads his team to a strong finish.! 46 runs in the last four overs! The skipper takes on Wiese in the final over and smacks two sloppy balls. Namibia have an uphill task of chasing a target of 161. AFG: 160/5 (20 overs)

17:03 (IST)31 Oct 2021

Afghan's (31*) brave onslaught comes to an end! The former skipper ups the ante with two fours in Smit's over and then follows it up with a four and a six against Trumpelmann. But he hits one straight at the fielder. AFG: 148/5 (19 overs)

16:56 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Runs continue to flow

Three fours in the 17th over bowled by JJ Smit, 16 runs in all from those six balls. Afghanistan 130/4, with Asghar Afghan batting on 29 and Mohammad Nabi on 5. 

16:38 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Namibia lose a review


16:37 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Mohammad Shahzad is gone

Shahzad's entertaining knock of 45 comes to an end. Shahzad departs 5 runs short of his 50, caught at short third, trying to scoop Trumpelmann. Trumpelmann outfoxes the Afghan opener who is caught at fly slip.  AFG: 96/3 in 14 ov

16:35 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Out !!! Lbw

Loftie-Eaton gets Gurbaz . The leggie traps the Afghan batter in front of the stumps who then reviews unsuccessfully. Asghar Afghan, right handed bat, comes to the crease. At the halfway mark, AFG: 69/2

16:03 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Wicket! Zazai departs

Zazai is gone after a handy knock of 33. He holes out to deep square leg off the bowling of JJ Smit. The new batter in is Rahmanullah. AFG: 55/1 after 7 ovs

15:56 (IST)31 Oct 2021
Perfect start for Afghanistan 👊

A smashing start for Afghanistan in the Powerplay! Shazad and Zazai are looking great on a belter of a wicket. Hazratullah Zazai is averaging 49 against left arm pace in T20s since the last #T20WorldCup with a 158 strike rate, he’s enjoyed Namibia’s left arm heavy bowling attack in the Powerplay so far. AFG- 50/0 after 6 ovs

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