Afghanistan Vs Namibia Quick Review – Not much in for Namibia as Afghanistan completes one sided victory on Asghar Afghan’s retirement.
Match Details, Scorecard, & Video Highlights
Scorecard: Afghanistan Vs Namibia Video Highlights
Toss: Afghanistan won the toss and chose to field first.
Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Umpires: Ahsan Raza & Chris Gaffaney
What Actually Happened
- Winner: Afghanistan won by 62 runs
- Scores: Afghanistan 160/5 Namibia 98/9
- Player of the Match: Naveen-ul-Haq 3/26 (officially), he symbolically gave his award to Asghar Afghan
- Best Figures
- Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (4-0-21-2)
- Hamid Hassan (4-0-9-3)
- Most Runs
- Mohammad Shahzad 45 (33)
- David Wiese 26 (30)
Moments of The Day: Openers, Medium Pacers Brush Namibia Aside
- Openers Hazratullah Zazai (33) & Mohammad Shahzad (45) gave Afghanistan another quick start with 53 runs in 6.3 overs. After a brief collapse, Asghar Afghan (31) & Mohammad Nabi (32*) made sure that Afghanistan reached a competitive 160.
- Although Naveen-ul-Haq provided the early blows and Gubadin Naib’s 2/19 squeezed Namibia, it was comeback kid Hamid Hassan that turned the match. Although he had not played any T20Is since the last T20 World Cup and only a couple of ODIs between the ODI WCs, his speed and accuracy was the moment of the day. 4-0-9-3 are figures of dreams and pace was pretty high. A true legend.
Broken Cricket Dream of the Day: Asghar Afghan Retires
- The leader of the Afghans for over a decade, Asghar Afghan retired surprisingly at the age of 33 in the middle of the tournament. The match was emotional. Namibia gave Asghar a guard of honor, and his teammates gave a guard of honor after he departed. In the mid-game interview, he mentioned that Pakistan’s close loss was too much to take so he decided to give way to youngsters.
- Naveen-ul-Haq gave his player of the match trophy to Asghar as a tribute. Most of this team had debuted under Asghar and view him in high regard.
- At the time of his retirement, he was joint highest for the most wins as a T20I captain alongside Eoin Morgan & MS Dhoni.
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T20 World Cup Points Table, Most Runs, Wickets, Catches, Dismissals
No need to go elsewhere for the Points Table, Highest Run Scorer, Highest Wicket Taker, Most Catches, and Most Dismissals. We will keep updating it in every article!
- Charith Asalanka – 231 runs (Sri Lanka, 6 Matches)
- Wanindu Hasaranga – 16 wickets (Sri Lanka, 8 Matches)
- Calum MacLeod – 7 catches (Scotland, 6 Matches)
- Matthew Wade – 7 dismissals (Australia, 4 Matches)
Group 1 Table
|Points||Net Run Rate|
|1. England||4||4||0||0||8||+ 3.183|
|2. Australia||4||3||1||0||6||+ 1.031|
|3. South Africa||4||3||1||0||6||+ 0.742|
|4. Sri Lanka||5||2||3||0||4||– 0.269|
|5. West Indies||4||1||3||0||2||– 1.558|
|6. Bangladesh||5||0||5||0||0||– 2.383|
Group 2 Table
|Points||Net Run Rate|
|1. Pakistan||4||4||0||0||8||+ 1.065|
|2. Afghanistan||4||2||2||0||4||+ 1.481|
|3. New Zealand||3||2||1||0||4||+ 0.816|
|4. India||3||1||1||0||2||+ 0.073|
|5. Namibia||3||1||2||0||2||– 1.600|
|6. Scotland||3||0||3||0||0||– 2.645|
Also, if you have not yet read our T20 World Cup Previews, here is a list of all of them! Check them out and share ahead:
- A Review – Group A 2021 T20 World Cup Squads Dissected: Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka
- B Review – Group B 2021 T20 World Cup Squads Dissected: Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland
- 1 Review – Group 1 2021 T20 World Cup Squads Dissected: Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies
- 2 Review – Group 2 2021 T20 World Cup Squads Dissected: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, New Zealand
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