South Africa vs Bangladesh, 30th Match, Group 1, Abu Dhabi, Nov 2 2021
Pakistan vs Namibia, 31st Match, Group 2 (N), Abu Dhabi, Nov 2 2021
The result was always predictable, especially once Pakistan got to 189. They were well above-par for this surface and with Namibia’s inexperience, those were too many runs to chase down. Kudos to Erasmus’ men though, they didn’t fold up easily and not only batted out the 20 overs, but also showed sparks of promise.
Baard looked impressive, Williams was in good touch while their main star Wiese also cracked a few blows. Neither of them were obviously going to impact the outcome in anyway but they at least ensured that they put up a fight. For Pakistan, the experiment of bowling under conditions of dew worked out well.
Conditions did ease out in the second half, but they were too good for their inexperienced opponents. Babar might have maybe wanted his bowlers to give 10-15 runs lesser but it’s still a clinical win.
Gerhard Erasmus | Scotland captain: “We knew from the start that Pakistan have high quality players and are an in-form team. They have played like title-contenders to be fair. We talked about being better for longer periods.
I thought that after 11 overs, they were excellent in their shot selection. Their quality shone through in the end. Doesn’t get easier after this, New Zealand are a quality side too. Hope we can take lessons from this and compete better.
It’s a great exposure for our players. Shows that more exposure you get, more comfortable you will be at this level. We haven’t played a lot at this level. The finger is getting better.”
Babar Azam | Pakistan captain: “It’s really good, we’re maintaining our winning momentum. We wanted to do things differently today, test our batting. Conditions were tough early on, they bowled well and we wanted to take the partnership deep.
The way Hafeez batted and got into form, it was important for us as he is a key player. Hasan Ali was given the new ball as conditions were suitable. If you need to win tournaments, you need to be consistent across all departments.
The fielding was a bit lax, there was dew, so that’s an area to improve. Need to keep improving and irrespective of whom we face in the semifinal, we want to maintain the same intensity.”
Mohammad Rizwan | Player of the Match: “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.
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.
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.”
— avishkar govardhane (@avishkargovardh) November 2, 2021