ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (NWN) – An unbeaten Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat against Namibia as they aim to qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup on Tuesday.
Pakistan remained unchanged for the fourth game in a row after successfully beating the chasers India, New Zealand and Afghanistan in the Super 12.
Captain Babar Azam said at the toss that he wanted to test his bowlers before the knockout stage, but warned his team not to “get complacent” against Namibia, which beat Scotland.
Namibian captain Gerhard Erasmus was happy to bowl first on a pitch where the fast bowlers took nine wickets in the earlier game between South Africa and Bangladesh.
Stephan Bard was brought in by Namibia at the top of the order in place of Pikki or France, while Bernard Scholtz replaced the medium-pacer Ben Shikongo.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf.
Namibia: Stephen Bard, Craig Williams, Michael van Lingen, Jan Nicole Lofty-Eaton, Gerhard Erasmus (captain), Zayn Greene, David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frilink, Ruben Trumpelman, Ben Shikongo.
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