Anmol Pundir

Afghanistan defeated Namibia by 62 runs but the highlight of the match was Afghanistan and Namibian players paying guard of honor to Asghar Afghan, who decided to retire after this match in the mid of the tournament

In a very emotional state, Afghan said, “I want to give chance to youngsters now. It is right for the youngsters to come forward”.

Afghanistan who are alive in the run to the semi-finals opted to bat first at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, and opening batters Hazratullah Zazai 33(27), and Mohammad Shahzad 45(33) were attacking naturally as they used to, and git 50 runs from powerplay without losing any wicket.

Asghar Afghan playing his last match got 31 runs off 23 balls and had put Afghanistan in a very strong position.

Namibia playing their first T20 World Cup had a void of experience in their bowling and were not able to create pressure on Afghanistan batters. Skipper Mohammad Nabi scored a quick 32 off 17 balls and elevated the scoreboard to 160 on a very tough wicket to score runs.

Afghanistan was missing their opening bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman due to injury but Naveen-ul-Haq who displayed glimpses of soaking pressure against Pakistan filled the void of the opening bowler by striking early in his overs. He struck twice in his first two overs kept Namibia on the backfoot.

David Wiese, the senior-most batter in Namibian who also played a key role in the qualifying round for Namibia was the highest run-scorer from his team. He got 26 runs off 30 balls. Naveen-ul-Haq and Hamid Hassan got 3 wickets each and helped Afghanistan to clinch a 62 runs victory over Namibia. Namibia could only manage to score 98 runs in the 20 overs.

Afghanistan is now second on the position table with points, and are still alive in their run to the semi-finals. Afghanistan will next face India and New Zealand on 3rd and 7th November.

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