Namibia Stunned Sri Lanka to Win T20 WC Group A Qualifier 1st Match by 55 Runs
- SL won the toss and invited Namibia to bat first
- Namibia lost both openers before the end of the 3rd over.
- Stephen Baard and Gerhard Erasmus somehow took the match in favor of Namibia with a 41-run stand
- Excellent finish by JJ Smit and Jan Frylinck, scoring 68 runs off the last 5 overs
- Namibia scored 163 runs with a loss of 7 wickets.
- Outstanding double-wicket maiden from Shikongo in the 4th over
- Namibia’s outstanding bowling & batting performance helped them register a historic win over Sri Lanka by 55 Runs
The first round of the T20 World Cup 2022 has begun, with Sri Lanka taking a square off with Namibia.
Sri Lanka won the toss and invited Namibia to bat first. The first inning started with Michael van Lingen and Divan la Cock, and M Theekshana opened the attack. In the second over, Sri Lanka got their first success. Chameera caught out Pramod Madushan with a short of a good length delivery.
Divan la Cock hit the first four of the match in the fourth ball of the second over. Sri Lanka bowlers were in the form today and got the second wicket in the third over. Pramod Madushan caught Divan la Cock with an in-angling full ball. Namibia lost both their openers.
Loftie-Eaton hit the first six of the inning in the 4th over. Another wicket on account of Sri Lanka. Karunaratne caught out Loftie-Eaton with an off-cutter in the 5th over. Loftie-Eaton was dismissed after scoring 20(12).
Not a good start for Namibia as they scored 36 runs with a loss of 3 wickets during the power play. Gerhard and Stephen tried hard to turn the match in favor of Namibia, but the 43 runs partnership of both players ended when Hasaranga dismissed Gerhard in the 12th over. Gerhard caught out after scoring 20(24).
Madushan took the most important wicket of Stephen Baard in the 14th over with a full-toss delivery. Stephen was gone after scoring 26(24). Wiese came into the crease, but Kusal Mendis dismissed him in the 15th over before even starting his inning. Wiese was gone after 0(1).
After the 15th over, Jan Frylinck and JJ Smit were settled on the crease. In the 5th ball of the 19th over, they completed the perfect partnership of 50 runs. Chameera took one more wicket of Frylinck in the last ball of the first inning. However, Jan Frylinck and JJ Smit targeted the shorter side for boundaries and picked many twos with the longer side’s help. They finished the first inning of SA vs Nam with 163/7. The Lankan bowlers were all over the place toward the end, allowing Namibia to post a competitive total. 68 runs off the last 5 overs. Excellent finish by JJ Smit and Jan Frylinck.
Sri Lanka needed to chase 164 runs in 20 overs to win the first match of Group A.
The second of the match started with Nissanka and Kusal Mendis on the crease to witness the first over of Erasmus. Nissanka showed talent with his bat by hitting the first four of the second inning in the first ball. Freebie and Sri Lanka accepted the gift.
Namibia got its first success earlier as Wiese dismissed Kusal Mendis in the 2nd over with a short-of-a-length delivery. Mendis was gone after scoring 6(6). Namibia got the start they wanted.
Two back-to-back wickets in the 4th over. Ben Shikongo first took the most important wicket of Nissanka and another wicket of Gunathilaka in the following ball. Nissanka was gone after 9(10), and Gunathilaka did not even get the chance to open his innings. The 4th over was a success for the Namibia Team as they gave only 1 run and got a double-wicket maiden.
Gee, this was a good start from Namibia and an excellent start for the ICC World Cup competition. Sri Lanka scored 30 runs during the power play after losing 3 wickets.
Jan Frylinck came to bowl the 7th over and took the wicket of Dhananjaya in the 3rd ball of the over. Jan Frylinck threw a full delivery down leg, an easy ball for a pick-up shot six over the long leg, but Dhananjara mistimed this straight in the hand of Ben Shikongo. Dhananjaya was gone after scoring 12(11).
Rajapaksa hit the first four of his innings in the 8th over. Both Rajapaksha and Shanaka somehow took the run chase in their hands. The 41 runs partnership of Rajapaksa and Shanaka ended when Scholtz dismissed Rajapaksa in the 11th over. The biggest wicket for Namibia was gone after scoring 20(21).
Hasaranga came into the crease, but before he started to get comfortable with the crease, Scholtz dismissed him in the 13th over. The poor performance of Hasranga was noticed as he kept moving in the crease. He shuffled before the ball came and tried to slog-sweep, had to fetch slightly away from the body, so it caught the outside part of the bat and went high. Deep mid-wicket ran around and took a tough catch. With this, Hasranga was gone after 4(8).
Another biggest wicket of Shanaka was credited to the account of Namibia. Jan Frylinck dismissed Shanaka in the 14th over. He was gone after scoring 29(23). Sri Lanka then started to lose wicket after wicket. Chameera and Theekshana tried hard to score great, but the game was far enough to chase the targeted runs. Erasmus took the last wicket of Chameera and credited the win to the account of Namibia. Madushan was gone on 0, Karunaratne at 5(8), and Chameera 8(15).
Namibia got its first victory in the ICC Men’s World Cup by 55 runs.
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