After a thrilling Twenty20 World Cup, the final match between Afghanistan and Namibia was finally played in Abu Dhabi. And if this is what you get for your money, then prepare to get rid of that leftover currency from last month. The Afghans thrashed them by 48 runs with their skipper Rashid Khan taking 3 wickets while Gulbadin Naib picked up 2.
Afghanistan thrash Namibia for second win in Abu Dhabi. Afghanistan now sits top of Group B with four points, two more than runners-up India and three more than third-placed Bangladesh. The tournament continues on Friday as the UK take on Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Afghanistan thrashed Namibia in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul. This is their second win in this year’s T20 World Cup. They have a total of three wins and two losses so far.
|Abu Dhabi hosts the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.|
|Shahzad 45 (33), Zazai 33 (27), Afghanistan 160-5 (20 overs); Loftie-Eaton 2-21|
|Wiese (30), Hassan 3-9, Naveen 3-26, Namibia 98-9 (20 overs)|
|Afghanistan was victorious by 62 runs.|
Afghanistan thrashed Namibia by 62 runs in the Men’s T20 World Cup, boosting their chances of reaching the semi-finals.
Namibia struggled to 98-9 from 20 overs, chasing 161 following Afghanistan’s dominating performance.
Craig Williams’ dismissal in the first over set the tone for the remainder of Namibia’s innings, as they struggled to generate any traction.
Hamid Hassan took a magnificent 3-9 in his first international T20 since 2016, while fellow seamer Naveen-ul-Haq also sparkled with 3-26.
Afghanistan showed why they are considered a dangerous team in Group 2 of the World Cup by rebounding from their loss to Pakistan.
Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammad Shahzad combined 53 for the first wicket before skipper Mohammad Nabi (32 not out from 17) and passionate Asghar Afghan (31 from 23) supplied important lower-order runs.
Afghanistan is second in the rankings, behind Pakistan, but with more games played than India and New Zealand, who face at 14:00 GMT.
Afghanistan’s prospects of reaching the semi-finals have improved.
Despite Afghanistan’s meteoric ascent in international T20 cricket, few would have predicted that they would emerge victorious from a group that includes India, Pakistan, and New Zealand.
Even though they lost an excruciating loss to Pakistan on Friday, they are still in the hunt after thumping Scotland and now Namibia.
Their openers attacked from the first ball after defying the tournament’s tendency and electing to bat first. Their’six or nothing’ mentality led to their defeat against Pakistan, while their middle and lower order carried them to an above-par total against Namibia.
Their bowling, on the other hand, is their trump card. Even without Mujeeb ur Rahman, who was not quite fit to play against Namibia, they looked menacing. Rashid Khan, the leg-spinner, too had a quiet day, taking just one wicket.
Instead, the seamstresses dazzled. Hassan bowled Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus with one of a succession of superb yorkers as Naveen and Hassan bowled with unrelenting precision.
Although there is still a long way to go, it is not impossible for Afghanistan to shock India or New Zealand, which would likely be required if they are to get to the last four.
Mid-tournament, an emotional Asghar retires.
After his suspension for 31 days, former captain Asghar Afghan received an emotional guard of respect from his teammates.
It was also a memorable occasion for former Afghanistan captain Afghan, who announced his retirement after this play on Saturday.
When the 33-year-old was dismissed, his teammates created a tunnel with their bats as he walked off the field.
Afghan, who has 195 appearances for Afghanistan in a 12-year career, seemed to be on the verge of tears in an interview after his side’s batting session.
Soon after, he was spotted weeping in the locker room, and he was carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates.
“I’m retiring to give the young people an opportunity,” he said.
‘It’s just too nice for us,’ says one.
Gerhard Erasmus, Namibia’s captain: “With them being a Test-playing country with bowlers in the top ten in the world, we knew it would be a step up from our prior games. Today, they were just too excellent for us.”
“The lads are in fantastic mood right now,” Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi said. Batting first isn’t a good strategy to follow all of the time. However, at meetings, we discuss all possibilities.
“We offer high-quality seamers with a wide range of styles. Today, Hamid Hassan came in and bowled well.”