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Pakistan vs Namibia: Rizwan, Babar make cautious begin in opposition to Namibia

Babar make cautious start against Namibia
Pakistani openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan weren’t in a position to get off to a flying begin in opposition to Namibia Tuesday, with the primary over of the match being bowled a maiden.

Mohammad Rizwan was given out leg earlier than wicket (lbw) earlier than a profitable evaluation by Pakistan confirmed the ball had pitched outdoors the leg stump, granting the Pakistani batsman a brand new lease of life.

Pakistan acquired off to a shaky begin because the Namibia bowlers didn’t stray from their line and size a lot.

Talking on the toss, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam confirmed the Males in Inexperienced had not made any adjustments to the squad.

In the meantime, the captain of Namibia was filled with praises of the Pakistan cricket crew, saying that the Babar Azam facet was in-form and had been a high quality facet.

In response to a query, the Namibia skipper admitted he was pleased with Babar Azam’s alternative and would have opted to bowl first had he gained the toss.

After notching up three successive wins in opposition to India, New Zealand and Afghanistan, Pakistan is getting ready to qualifying for the semi-finals and is aiming to seal the spot with a win in opposition to Namibia in Abu Dhabi tonight.

Pakistan and Namibia will face one another for the primary time in T20Is. Namibia will face their sternest take a look at but in opposition to Pakistan, who’ve been unstoppable to this point within the Tremendous 12 of the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup 2021.

Unbeaten within the T20 World Cup to this point, Pakistan have gone from darkish horses for the event to one of many robust favourites in simply three video games.

Whereas bowling has traditionally been Pakistan’s robust go well with, the crew’s batting, led from the entrance by captain Babar Azam, has bailed them out of bother twice within the final two video games.

Namibia, then again, come into this sport on the again of their first loss within the Tremendous 12 to Afghanistan. Whereas it was anticipated that the Eagles would discover it tough to take care of the spinners in Afghanistan’s ranks, Namibia had been carried out by the pacers who claimed seven of the 9 wickets that fell.

As such, Namibia can have their process reduce out going through the damaging tempo bowling trio of Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali, who’ve accounted for 14 of the 21 wickets Pakistan have claimed to this point. The spinners, too, have performed their roles to perfection, giving little respite to opposition batters between overs of searing tempo.

If the Namibian batters are to carry their very own in opposition to Pakistan, they are going to be banking on their “Bomb Squad”, consisting of captain Gerhard Erasmus, David Wiese and JJ Smit, to make a collective affect.