Pakistan’s faith in Mohammad Hafeez’s struggling batting form finally paid off as the experienced middle-order batsman smashed 32 off just 16 balls. But it was Rizwan’s clean hitting that provided Pakistan with a perfect finish as he hit Smit for 24 runs in the last over that included four boundaries and a six. Smit finished with forgetful figures of 0-50.
Trumpelmann also couldn’t inspire in his return spell and after conceding just two off his first two overs, he eventually ended 0-36.
“Hafeez and Hasan Ali will be important in the next stage and it was important we ticked those boxes,” Babar said. “So far, everything has gone according to plan. We’re looking forward to the semifinals and play our cricket with the same intensity.”
Namibia never looked in the hunt against Pakistan’s pace and spin which has helped them beat archrival India, New Zealand and Afghanistan in the earlier group games.
After defeating their rivals, Pakistan players paid a visit to the Namibia dressing room to congratulate them for their performance in the ICC T20 World.
Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, and Shadab Khan were amongst the players who were present in the dressing room.