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T20 World Cup: South Africa defeat Bangladesh; Pakistan beat Namibia by 45 runs

In the T20 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan win by 45 runs against Namibia at Zayed Cricket Stadium, when the reports last came in. Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.

In another match at the same venue South Africa defeated Bangladesh by 6 wickets with 39 balls remaining. Put into the bat Bangladesh scored 84 runs and all out in 18.2 overs. The Proteas achieved the target in 13.3 overs.

Pakistan beat Namibia by 45 runs

kipper Babar Azam scored 70 while his opening partner Mohammed Rizwan smashed an unbeaten 79 as Pakistan defeated Namibia by 45 runs in a Super 12 game of the ICC T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

While Babar hit seven fours in his 48-ball knock, Rizwan clobbered eight fours and four maximums in 50 balls. With the win, the Pakistan side cemented their place in the semi-finals.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan produced yet another century-plus opening stand as Pakistan exploded in the back end to post 189 for 2 against Namibia.

In reply, Namibia could only manage to score 144 for 5 runs in 20 overs. Namibia’s batters showed great grit against a formidable bowling line-up of Pakistan.

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For Namibia, Criag Williams (40 off 37b; 5×4, 1×6), Stephan Baard (29 off 29b; 1×4, 1×6), and David Wiese (43 off 31b; 3×4, 2×6) were the notable run getters.

For Pakistan, Hasan Ali (1/22), Imad Wasim (1/13), Shadab Khan (1/35), and Haris Rauf (1/25) chipped in with a wicket apiece.

Earlier, captain Babar led from the front with a classy 49-ball 70 as he took the early initiative, even as Rizwan struggled to get going in the beginning.

But the Pakistani wicketkeeper-batter, who saw an LBW decision overturned while he was on two from 11 balls, turned it around in style to smash an unbeaten 79 from 59 balls. His knock was studded with eight fours and four sixes, while Babar found the fence seven times.

Struggling to find time, Rizwan took charge against Namibia’s best bowler, Ruben Trumpelmann, stepping out to hit him over long-on. After that, there was no looking back from him.

From being 59 for no loss at the halfway mark, the Babar-Rizwan duo toyed with the Namibian attack, putting on a 113-run opening stand — the first pair to do so five times in T20 Internationals.

Babar and Rizwan also became the first pair to aggregate 1000 T20I runs in a calendar year as Pakistan accelerated in style.

Mohammad Hafeez also returned to form with a sensational cameo of 32 not out from 16 balls (5×4) as Pakistan scored 71 runs from the last five overs.

 

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