Afghanistan’s unbeaten start to the World Cup came to an end last night when they were beaten by high-flying Pakistan, in which there is no shame as bigger and better teams such as India and New Zealand have been beaten by the Green Shirts.
That said, the Afghans do need to work on several things, especially with their batting. Against Pakistan, it seemed as if they only knew one way of batting: hitting boundaries. And when not hitting boundaries, the alternative was to get out.
That practice early on reduced them to 76-6 and if it wasn’t for their captain Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib’s 71-run partnership, Afghans would have settled for a lot less than the 147 they managed.
There is a lot of room for improvement – not just in ability and skills but also in strategy and tactics.
Namibia, arguably the lightest and the easiest of teams in World Cup 2021, currently are on a three-match winning streak in World Cup 2021, although two of those wins came in the opening round of the competition.
Their sole main round win, the one against Scotland, was the product of their pace unit, which claimed all seven wickets that fell in that innings.
Then, JJ Smit was the batting hero as his unbeaten 32 got the Namibian run chase over the lone.