Day 17 Talking Points: Pakistan storm into semis, Rabada turns it on
with three wins out of three so far, Pakistan is on the brink of qualifying for the semi-finals and will be looking to seal the spot with a win over Namibia in Abu Dhabi.
In the first-ever meeting between the two sides in T20Is, Namibia faces its sternest test yet in the form of Pakistan, who has been unstoppable so far in the Super 12 of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
Unbeaten in the World Cup so far, Pakistan has gone from dark horses for the tournament to one of the strong favorites in just three games. While bowling has historically been Pakistan’s strong suit, the batting, led from the front by captain Babar Azam, has bailed the team out of trouble twice in the last two games.
Namibia, on the other hand, comes into this game on the back of their first loss in the Super 12 to Afghanistan. While it was expected that the Eagles would find it difficult to deal with the spinners in Afghanistan’s ranks, Namibia was done by the pacers who claimed seven of the nine wickets that fell.
South Africa beat Bangladesh to make themselves favorites to qualify alongside England in Group 1 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. In the second game of the day at Abu Dhabi, Pakistan sealed a spot in the semi-finals with a win over Namibia. Here are the big talking points from the two games.