Pakistan defeated Namibia by 45 runs on Tuesday evening and secured their semifinals berth in the ongoing T20 World Cup. After opting to bat, Pakistan posted a formidable total of 189/2 on the board with openers Babar Azam (70) and Mohammad Rizwan (79*) stitching their second 100+ partnership of the tournament. In the chase of 190 runs, Namibia showed resistance and managed to score 144 in their 20 overs. David Wiese smashed 43 runs off 31 balls while Craig Williams scored 40 runs to take Namibia closer to Pakistan's total.
After the game finished, the Pakistan team displayed a heart-warming gesture as they visited Namibia’s dressing room to applaud their journey in the tournament so far. The Men in Green interacted with the Namibian players in the dressing room and praised the emerging team for their competitiveness on the field.
The Pakistan Cricket Board shared the video of the interaction on Twitter. Several Pakistan players including Mohammad Hafeez, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan and Fakhar Zaman were seen embracing the Namibian players and also exchanged encouraging words with them.
Watch the video here:
We have ticked all the boxes: Rizwan after Pakistan enter semi-finals
After Pakistan's win, wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan opined that their team is gelling well ahead of the semi-finals. Rizwan said in the post match presentation, "It was difficult to bat initially and conditions proved to be very tricky for both of us (Me and Babar). Even when we tried to play normal shots or big hits, it just didn't work out and then we decided to take it deep and attack at the end. But that said, I want to give the credit to the (Namibia) bowlers because they kept bowling in the same area at the start and bowled really well. Hafeez's innings gave us the momentum and he kept telling me to stay patient and in the last over I decided to go hard and got some useful runs. We are gelling well as a team and have ticked all the boxes and will see what lies ahead for us."