Pakistan finally gets first win at T20 World Cup

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WESTBURY, June 12, (AP): Canada’s inexperienced batters crumbled against pace for yet another low score at the Twenty20 World Cup as Pakistan finally registered its first win.
Australia secured its spot in the playoff stage with a match to spare with a nine-wicket win over Namibia later Tuesday in Antigua.

The Australians bowled Namibia out for 72, with Adam Zampa taking four wickets, and then reached the target with 14 overs to spare.
Pakistan’s four-pronged pace attack contained Canada to 106-7 with only opening batter Aaron Johnson showing aggression in his 44-ball knock of 52. Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 53 anchored Pakistan, which lost to rival India on Sunday, to 107-3 for a commanding seven-wicket win.

“Good for us, we needed this win,” Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said. “We started well with the bowling, in the first six overs (and) we know we had to be up to the mark.”
A washout in Florida meant former champion Sri Lanka and Nepal had to share the competition points in an outcome that ensured South Africa secured a spot in the playoffs and put the Sri Lankans on the brink of a group-stage exit.

Heavy rain in Lauderhill meant there was no play possible in the Group D match, leaving Sri Lanka without a win in three games.
At North Sound, Antigua, 2021 champion Australia got on top early with Josh Hazlewood (2-18) striking in the third and fifth overs to have the African lineup in trouble at 15-3.

Zampa’s (4-12) spin troubled the middle and lower order, helping him increase his career haul to 100 wickets in T20 internationals.
Skipper Gerhard Erasmus accounted for half of Namibia’s runs, with his 36 coming off 43 balls.
For Australia, David Warner plundered 20 from eight balls before Travis Head, (34 off 17) and Mitchell Marsh (18) steered Australia to 74-1 in 5.4 overs.

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