Afghanistan defeated Namibia by 62 runs in the ICC T20 World Cup match played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Sunday. Batting first after winning the toss, Afghanistan scored 160 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, chasing the target, Namibia’s team could only manage 98 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs. David Wiese (26) scored the most runs for the team.
The Namibian batsmen proved to be weak in front of the Afghanistan bowlers. At the same time, Naveen-ul-Haq and Hamid Hasan took three wickets each for the Afghanistan team. At the same time, Gulbadin Naib took two wickets, while Rashid Khan got one wicket.
Chasing the target, the Namibia team had a very poor start and scored 29 runs for the loss of three wickets in the power play itself. During this, Craig Williams (1), Michael van Lingen (11) and Jan Nicol Lofty-Eaton (14) were dismissed for runs. Even after this, Namibia kept losing its wickets in front of the bowlers of Afghanistan. Gerhard Erasmus (12), Jane Green (1), JJ Smit (0), Jan Frylink (6), and Pikki (3) soon returned to the pavilion after scoring runs.
Wise stood alone for the team, who scored 26 runs in 30 balls with the help of two fours and was dismissed by Hamid. After this, the team could only manage 98 runs thanks to Ruben Trumpelmann (12) and Bernard Scholtz (6) runs.
Earlier, after winning the toss and opting to bat first, Afghanistan’s opening pair Shahzad and Zazai started the innings by storm. The team scored 50 runs without losing a wicket in the power play. After this, Jazai was dismissed for 33 runs in 27 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. Meanwhile, the team got another setback in the form of Shahzad. He scored 45 runs in 33 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. With this, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (4) and Najibullah Zadran (7) went on after scoring runs.
Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi, who came on the field, once again made a good partnership while handling the team and there was a partnership of 35 runs in 20 balls between the two. After this, Afghan scored 33 runs in 23 balls with the help of three fours and a six. Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi scored an unbeaten 32 off 17 balls, hitting five fours and a six, taking the team’s score to 160 runs.
At the same time, John Nicole Lofty-Eaton and Ruben Trumpelman took two wickets each for Namibia. At the same time, JJ Smith got a wicket.