Abu Dhabi: Openers Babar Azam (70) and Mohammad Rizwan (79) helped Pakistan set a target of 190 and then economical spin bowling and fast bowling restricted Namibia to just 145 runs.

Like England, Pakistan are undefeated in Group 2 and this is their fourth consecutive win. With this victory, Pakistan has made it to the semi-finals. Their last league match will now be against Scotland.

Pakistan posted a mammoth total of 189 for two and restricted Namibia to 144 for five in 20 overs. Namibia thus suffered its second defeat in three matches.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, Rizwan and Azam gave an opening start of 113 runs to Pakistan. Azam hit seven fours in his 70 off 49 balls. Rizwan batted vigorously in the final over, hitting eight fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 79 off 50 balls. Mohammad Hafeez also washed his hands in the tsunami of runs, hitting five fours in his unbeaten 32 off just 16 balls.

Rizwan scored a total of 24 runs in the last over of the innings, hitting four fours and a six off JJ Smit and taking Pakistan to a strong score. Rizwan has reached 1661 runs this year with his innings. Rizwan has surpassed Indian captain Virat Kohli (1614 runs, 2016) to reach the second position in the highest run scorer of the year. West Indies’ Chris Gayle (1665 runs, 2015) is ahead of Rizwan.

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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