Chasing 190, Namibia were dealt an early blow as Hasan Ali castled Michael van Lingen.
Stephan Baard and Craig Williams hold the innings with a 47-run stand but off 43 balls. Despite their best attempts, both the batters were kept tied down by the Pakistani bowlers, who didn’t let them score boundaries freely.
Baard’s run-a-ball innings of 29 was then ended with a run-out. Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus started off briskly with a four and a six off Shadab Khan but fell to Imad Wasim. Craig Williams was the next wicket to fall, after scoring 40 runs off 37 balls.
Haris Rauf accounted for JJ Smit. David Wiese smacked a few powerful hits – 3 fours and 2 sixes – but it was all in vain as Pakistan registered a thumping 45-run win.
After electing to bat first, Pakistan openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan started off cautiously against in-form left-arm seamer Ruben Trumpelmann, who bowled a maiden first over.
The next two overs yielded only 6 runs before Babar Azam hit Pakistan’s first boundary in the fourth over. 10 runs came off the fifth over, bowled by JJ Smit. Jan Frylinck kept things tight in the sixth over, conceding only 6 runs as Pakistan ended the powerplay at 29/0.
The partnership grew as both the batters ran hard for singles and doubles before upping the ante: a flurry of boundaries came from the bat of both the right-handers before they tore into Trumpelmann, taking 18 runs, including Rizwan hitting the first six of the match in the 12th over.
Rizwan then danced down the track to Loftie-Eaton to slam him for a maximum down the ground, as the century-stand came up in the 13th over. David Wiese provided his side with their first breakthrough, dismissing Babar for 70. Pakistan lost their second in quick succession with Fakhar Zaman edging Jan Frylinck.
Mohammad Hafeez then came out all guns blazing, stroking one boundary after another, racing to 32* off 16 balls. Rizwan, on 55 off 44, was looking for his breakthrough over and got in the last over of the innings: he whacked 4 fours and a six to JJ Smit, rumbling to 79* off 50 balls as Pakistan finished on 189/2.
Twitter Reacts As Pakistan Qualify For Semi-Finals With A Thumping 45-Run Victory Over Namibia:
Officially qualified for semi finals! All of The Hard work by the Boys has finally bore fruit!
Babar and Rizwan become 1st opening pair in T20I Cricket with Five 100+ partnerships congratulations to them✨#pakistan #PAKvsNAM #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/IAqskjVOJA
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) November 2, 2021
Pakistan were semi finalists of the World T20 in the first 4 editions from 2007 to 2012. Missed out in 2014 & 2016, and now back in the semis once again.
Most by any team in the history of World T20s.
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) November 2, 2021
Just for the record… Namibia (on 2 points while India are yet to get on board) also keep their NRR just above India's with this solid performance today. #T20WorldCup
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) November 2, 2021
First time in 9 years Pakistan have reached the semi-finals stage of any World Cup.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) November 2, 2021
Pakistan becomes the first team to make it to 5 Men's T20 World Cup semifinals. #PAKvNAM
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) November 2, 2021
This one goes to qualifying for the T20 worldcup semis after 9 freaking years. pic.twitter.com/hMsWE3yUqX
— /Rapunzel × Green shits (@grumpycrickfan) November 2, 2021
Namibia fought well, never easy playing the maiden Super 12s of T20 World Cup. David Wiese the star for them again, took a wicket conceding just 30 runs and scored an unbeaten 43.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 2, 2021
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) November 2, 2021
Pakistan have so far ticked all the boxes and with someone like Asif Ali down the order they go into the semis with momentum and confidence. They are looking the second best team this World Cup but the semifinal onwards will be a different ask anyways #PAKvsNAM
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) November 2, 2021
Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals of the T20I World Cup 2021, winning 4 out of 4. Babar 70 with a strike-rate of 142.85 and Rizwan (79*) top scored with a fantastic strike-rate of 158.00 as a tribute to India's 158 all-out in the CT17 final against Pakistan. 🇵🇰 #Cricket
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) November 2, 2021
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) November 2, 2021
Pakistan have been so consistent in T20 WC
2007 – Runners up
2009 – Champions
2010 – Semifinalist
2012 – Semifinalist
2014 – Group Exit
2016 – Group Exit
2021 – In Semi-finals
They're the only team to qualify for semi-finals 5 times in this tournament..SL/WI – 4 times
— JSK (@imjsk27) November 2, 2021
Mohammad Rizwan is the Man of the Match!
He won his first MOTM award in December last year against New Zealand. Since then, no player has won more MOTM awards than Rizwan in T20Is.#T20WorldCup | #PAKvNAM | #Cricket pic.twitter.com/XW0UYt2E5r
— Grassroots Cricket (@grassrootscric) November 2, 2021
Mohammad Rizwan "All of the boxes have been ticked so far and I request all our fans to stay positive and remember us in their prayers. We are working very hard and the rest is up to the Almighty" #T20WorldCup
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) November 2, 2021
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) November 2, 2021
Highest T20I Average
52.66 – Mohd Rizwan
52.01 – Virat Kohli
48.04 – Babar Azam
41.60 – Dawid Malan
(Min 1000 runs)#T20WorldCup
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) November 2, 2021