Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Dominant Afghanistan rout Namibia. Shahzad top scored for Afghanistan with 45
Shahzad top scored for Afghanistan with 45
Led by a complete team effort Afghanistan outclassed Namibia in Abu Dhabi, on Sunday (October 31), to register their second win in the third Group 2 match of the T20 WC. Having scored 160 after electing to bat, Afghanistan bowlers restricted Namibia to 98 for 9 in Asghar Afghan's last international appearance.
What was the domination in batting like?
In many ways, they were more clinical in their approach towards the 160-run mark that they've targeting with the bat – a score they believe is enough for their bowlers to defend. They played true to their blueprint as well – allow the batters to settle in for an over before they unleash their natural aggressive style of play.
Did the openers dominate again?
They did their job.
Hazratullah Zazai was the first one to unleash after having played out most bits of the initial three overs. Even as he had punished Rubel Trumpelmann's full-pitched delivery straight down the ground for a six in the first over, the real assualt began in the fourth with a couple of boundaries through the square region. He followed it up with a boundary and the six in the next over.
Mohammad Shahzad, who was playing the second fiddle in the opening partnership too opened up in the last over of the powerplay against David Wiese to bring up the half-century of the partnership in six overs
How did Namibia manage to control them?
Through regular strikes.
JJ Smit was rewarded for some good bowling when Hazratullah Zazai's attempt to swipe across resulted in his wicket in the seventh over. Rahmanullah Gurbaz took his time to settle in, and just when he was about to shift a gear higher, he was trapped legbefore by Loftie-Eaton. Even a review couldn't save him.
While Asghar Afghan tried to settle in, Shahzad continued to attack the bowlers. However, his attempt to play a ramp shot off Trumpelmann in the 13th over backfired as he mistimed the shot and was caught by the fielder at short fine leg. Najibullah Zadran's innings followed Gurbaz's trajectory – settled and ready to explode, but trapped leg-before. And with it, another review wasted. By the end of the 16th over, Afghanistan were limited to 114 for 4.
Who powered them in the death overs?
Despite entering in the death overs, Nabi too took his time before swinging his bat, scoring only 10 runs off the first 8 deliveries. However, in the penultimate over of the innings, the skipper smashed Trumpelmann for a boundary and a six before cracking two more boundaries in the last over, bowled by David Wiese, to help Afghanistan to 160 for 5 with his unbeaten 17-ball 32.
Did Namibia provide any fight?
Even before their innings could get going, Naveen ul Haq had dismissed both the Namibian openers. Several attempts to resurrect from thereon proved futile.
Gulbadin Naib started out with a wicket maiden, cleaning up Loftie-Eaton with a slower ball, while Zane Green was castled by Rashid Khan while looking to play the paddle. The best of the lot though was Hamid Hassan's pacy yorker which had Erasmus's stumps knockout over.
The flow of wickets just didn't stop. Even David Wiese, who has played many a fine knock for the side, couldn't help Namibia recover. For most of his innings, he was only a witness to the procession of wickets from the other end before he too was cleaned up by Hamid's yorker for a 30-ball 26 – the best effort by a Namibian batter on Sunday evening.
Brief Scores: Afghanistan 160/5 in 20 overs (Mohammad Shahzad 45, Hazratullah Zazai 33; Loftie-Eaton 2-21, Ruben Trumpelmann 2-34) beat Namibia 98/9 in 20 overs (David Wiese 26, Loftie-Eaton 14) by 62 runs