In the final group A match on Thursday, the UAE defeated Namibia by seven runs thanks to Muhammad Waseem’s all-round performance. The Netherlands along with Sri Lanka, qualified for the Super 12 as a result of the UAE’s victory, while Namibia, who was in dispute before the match, was also eliminated.
After Sri Lanka defeated the Netherlands by 16 runs earlier in the day, the UAE were already eliminated. Namibia lost half their side inside 10 overs while chasing 149 on a two-paced pitch, and it was left to the experienced David Wiese to guide the ship with 55 from 36 balls. He made three fours and three sixes. However, Waseem (1/16 from two overs) came out on top with a perfect final over to dismiss David Wiese and seal a memorable victory.
Wiese and Ruben Turmpelmann put on a superb 70-run eighth-wicket stand with the later providing the perfect foil with occasional boundaries and clever strike rotation in his 25 runs off 24 deliveries. Namibia needed 20 runs from the final two overs but Zahoor Khan bowled a perfect succeeding over, accepting only six runs while mixing up his deliveries and bowling with a cross-seam.
Waseem earlier hit a composed 50, while skipper CP Rizwan remained unbeaten on 43 from 29 deliveries, driving UAE to a fighting 148 for three after opting to bat. They got off to a shaky start, with Vritya Aravind struggling to step up and being dismissed for 21 out of 32 deliveries.
However, once Rizwan joined Waseem at the line, the runs started running in. After Waseem left, Basil Hameed and Rizwan provided the late push, scoring 33 runs in the final two overs.