Even in the tournaments that they’ve won, Pakistan have a history of starting badly, only to somehow turn things around and become a completely different side.
This is where this current campaign of theirs is different. Pakistan have been brilliant from the very first ball bowled in this tournament and have not relented, even if they’ve had to see off some road bumps.
They’ve beaten all the giants of their group and passed all the difficult tests and so now is the turn for some easy assignments before the big semi-final they have almost qualified for.
First up in the easy assignments category for them are Namibia, who should get a thrashing in this game, even if Pakistan play their B side. But the Men in Green should not go full strength and instead use their underused fringe players such as Usman Qadir, Haider Ali, and Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Namibia’s three-match winning streak in the tournament came to an end in their last game as they were deservedly trounced by Afghanistan.
The 62-run defeat may have seemed a big ugly and surprising to those blinded by their trio of wins but those who really know them saw it coming from a mile away. All of their prior victories were against easier opponents but in Afghanistan, they got matches with a truly superior side.
They had lost the match practically in the first half an hour when Afghan openers Hazratallah Zazai and Mohammad Shahzad had their way with Namibian bowlers. They fared better after that and conceded a total of 161 but then their batters let them down and were totally clueless against the impressive Afghan attack, which did not even have Mujeeb Ur Rehman, or it could have been even ugly for the Africans.