Afghanistan will try to pick up the defeat against Pakistan and return to the winning path when they face the debutantes Namibia, who will be eager to make their dream run in the T20 World Cup, Sunday in Abu Dhabi. Afghanistan proved that they are not a team to be taken lightly. They are armed with a world-class spin attack consisting of the likes of Rashid Khan, who perfected his art while playing in various T20 leagues around the world, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and captain Mohammad Nabi. The ability of the formidable spin attack was fully demonstrated in their first two games.
As they completely knocked Scotland out in their opening win in the tournament, they pushed a good team from Pakistan to the brink on Friday night.
The Afghan batsmen support their spinners, who play a fearless kind of cricket reminiscent of the big hit of the West Indies.
Afghanistan has fire and flame against a strong Pakistan bowling attack. Although they lost wickets at regular intervals, Nabi and Gulbadin added Naib 71 in the last 45 balls to achieve a challenging total.
If they had added 20 runs more to their total, it would have been difficult for Pakistan to chase. Captain Nabi claimed the team’s morale was high in their third match, despite losing five wickets against Pakistan.
“We have only played two games so far and we won one (against Scotland) and today was a draw, in the end Pakistan won the game.
“There are a lot of positive things in this game, we will take the positive things and there are three more games. Inshallah we will do well, the team’s morale is high,” he said. Namibia, on the other hand, will hope to continue their historic run.
The country with a population of 2.5 million and only five cricket fields surprised everyone in the tournament.
After defeating the Netherlands and Ireland in the qualifiers, the team managed to secure an unforgettable victory over Scotland in their first Super 12 match.
While their bowlers did a good job of limiting Scotland to 109, their batsmen had to dig deep to chase the target.
But if Namibia want to keep shrugging their shoulders with the top teams, they need to raise their level, and captain Gerhard Erasmus is well aware of that.
“From here we have to raise our level. We are excited about the challenge. Hopefully we can execute on those days,” Erasmus said after the game against Scotland.
Namibia’s best chance is to put runs on the board and capitalize on Afghanistan’s relatively weak pace attack. They also have the advantage of being familiar with the conditions, having played three games here.
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