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Updated on: Sunday, October 31, 2021, 07:23 PM IST

T20 World Cup: Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan three-fers after Mohammad Nabi cameo helps Afghanistan down Namibia

Naveen-ul-Haq and Hamid Hassan both picked three wickets each while Gulbadin Naib picked two
Naveen-ul-Haq (c) celebrates a wicket with Afghanistan team-mates in the T20 World Cup. | Photo: AFP

Naveen-ul-Haq (c) celebrates a wicket with Afghanistan team-mates in the T20 World Cup. | Photo: AFP

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Three-wicket hauls from seamers Naveen-ul-Haq and Hamid Hassan helped Afghanistan restrict Namibia to 98 for nine in their 20 overs, chasing 161 in their Super 12 T20 World Cup match in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. 32-run cameo from Mohammad Nabi after Mohammad Shahzad's 45 and thirties from Hazratullah Zazai and Asghar Afghan helped Afghanistan get to 160 for five.

Chasing 161, Namibia lost three wickets inside the power play and could never recover from there. Naveen-ul-Haq (3/26) removed Craig Williams (1) and Michael van Lingen (11) early in a spell of 2/2 and then added another wicket later on.

Hassan (3/9 from 4 overs) tormented the Namibia middle-order as he got the wickets of captain Gerhard Erasmus (12), top-scorer David Wiese (26) and JJ Smit (0). Namibia were 29 for three in 5.2 overs with Gulbadin Naib (2/19) chipping in with the wicket of Jan Loftie-Eaton (11).

Star spinner Rashid Khan (1/14 from 4 overs), who was introduced in the eighth over, got Zane Green out for 1 in his first delivery of the day as Namibia found themselves tottering. Green missed the ball completely and he was cleaned up.

The asking rate was rising as Namibia needed 106 from the back end of their innings and having lost four wickets, their woes continued with captain Erasmus getting out in the 11th over as a yorker from Hassan crashed on to his leg stump.

Namibia were 56 for five and the match was as good as over by then but an unrelenting Hassan got his second wicket in the form of Smit three balls later.

Earlier, Afghan played a nice little cameo to score 31 off 23 balls in his farewell game, which helped Afghanistan post 160 for five.

Afghanistan made a strong start, reaching to 50 for no loss at the end of power play, with the opening pair of Zazai and Shahzad sharing a 53-run stand in 6.4 overs.

But Afghanistan fizzled out after that as wickets fell at regular intervals and there was no substantial partnership. They recovered a bit towards the end, scoring 51 from the last five overs, thanks to Afghan.

The 33-year-old right-handed batter, who was earlier known as Asghar Stanikzai, has played six Tests, 114 ODIs and 75 T20Is after making debut in 2009.

In his last game for the country, he provided good support to current captain Nabi (32 not out off 17 balls) and their quick-fire 35-run stand took the team's total past 150-run mark.

Zazai was the more aggressive of the opening duo. He began with a six and a four in the first over bowled by Ruben Trumpelmann and then added three more boundaries and another maximum in the power play.

But just as he was looking ominous, Zazai holed out to deep square leg fielder off Smit in the seventh over. One-down Rahmanullah Gurbaz did not last long as he was out for 4 in the 10th over, trapped LBW off the bowling of Jan Loftie-Eaton.

The run-rate dropped as Afghanistan reached to 69 for two at the halfway mark.

Shahzad was out in the 13th over, top-edging Trumpelmann for Bernard Scholtz to take a simple catch. He hit three fours and two sixes during his 45-run knock.

Afghanistan took 13 runs from the 15th over with Afghan clobbering him for a six but they lost the momentum once again as Najibullah Zadran (7) was out at the other end.

Afghan was out in the penultimate over off Trumpelmann after hitting three fours and one six. Several Namibia players shook hands with Afghan while he walked off the ground.

Brief Scores: Afghanistan 160/5 in 20 overs (Mohammad Shahzad 45, Hazratullah Zazai 33, Mohammad Nabi 32*, Asghar Afghan 31; Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton 2/21) beat Namibia 98/9 in 20 overs (David Wiese 26; Hamid Hassan 3/9, Naveen-ul-Haq 3/26) by 62 runs

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Published on: Sunday, October 31, 2021, 07:02 PM IST
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