With one foot in the semi-final and the opportunity to check off some extra boxes before the knockouts, Pakistan chose to bat first, putting on a total of 189 and then defending the score comfortably. Pakistan’s 45-run win against Namibia has sealed their place in the last four, leaving just Scotland standing in their way of a perfect group-stage record.
Pakistan was the first team to win a game while batting first. At the toss, Babar Azam stated that this was their major goal, and he followed up with a 49-ball 70. Mohammad Rizwan, his opening partner, gave him a score of 79. They cruised to win thanks to an all-around bowling effort. Pakistan failed to test its bench strength, which was the only item they did not check. Pakistan used the same lineup as in their previous three games. Despite taking only five wickets in Namibia’s chase, Pakistan’s bowlers performed well to keep their opponents to 144 runs.
Pakistan had a stumbling start. With ten wickets in hand and with ten overs remaining, the pair felt free to take more chances. Before the first wicket came in the 15th over, Azam’s 70 moved them to their sixth T20I century partnership, the most by any pair in the format’s history. Pakistan, on the other hand, was at 113 at the time. The only option to approach the final five overs was to be aggressive.
Hasan was assigned the new-ball responsibilities with Shaheen Shah Afridi on Tuesday night, instead of Imad, and struck in his first over by getting a full ball to swing in and uproot left-hand hitter Michael van Lingen’s stumps. That set the tone for his first spell, during which he only gave up nine runs in two powerplay overs. Later in the innings, he returned for another two overs and only gave up 13 runs in those 12 balls, finishing with 1 for 22. It was just the type of response Pakistan wanted from Hasan to boost his own confidence as the negotiations progressed.
Despite losing only five wickets, Namibia was never truly in the chase. Craig Williams batted for 37 balls but only managed 40 runs. Before being run out, Stephen Baard made a run-a-ball 29. Gerhard Erasmus’ 10-ball 15 seemed good at first, but Imad snuffed him out before he could do any harm.
Namibia’s odds of winning were 0.67 percent with three overs to go. Despite David Wiese’s ultra-aggressive hitting, the score continued to drop. Wiese tried his best to disregard the match situation, entertaining the audience with two sixes and three fours on his way to an undefeated 45 off 31 balls.