Sri Lanka take on Namibia in the opening match of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. Check out how Namibia won the first match.
Namibia beats Sri Lanka by 55 runs, T20 World Cup
Namibia are taking on Sri Lanka in the Group Stage opener, in a bid to qualify for the main draw. Ahead of the match, all-rounder David Wiese speaks about the legacy of their 2021 performance.
The team is taking on Sri Lanka in their first group stage game of the tournament. While it would be a tough challenge to take on the Asia Cup 2022 winners, Wiese believes that Namibia have to believe in their own abilities.
Namibia lost both their openers early and Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (20) fell to a wonderful catch from Kusal Mendis as the score was just 43/3 at the end of the Powerplay.
Star spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (1/27) bowled well during the middle overs, but Frylinck and Smit got on top at the death to set Sri Lanka a decent chase on what appears a good batting pitch.
Some big hitting from Jan Frylinck and JJ Smit has helped Namibia post a competitive total in the opening ICC Men’s T20 World Cup clash against Sri Lanka in Geelong on Sunday.
What a comeback! Namibia were reduced to 76-4 inside 12 overs. Riding on Smit and Frylinck’s quick-fire knocks, Erasmus and Co. have managed to set a challenging total of 163/7 against the 2022 Asian Cup winners. Frylinck (44) and Smit (31*) stitched a 69-run partnership off 34 balls.
Ben Shikongo has scalped two wickets in his 1st over. A horrible start to the run chase by the Islanders. The Namibia star has bowled a double-wicket maiden. SL 24/3 after 4.2 overs.
Who would have thought? The Asian champions are on verge of registering a shock defeat at the hands of Namibia. Karunaratne is out and Sri Lanka are 9 down in the 16th over. SL 95-9 after 16 overs.
Namibia have outclassed Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup opener! A huge setback for Islanders, who entered the World Cup after winning the Asia Cup. Namibia have won the match by 55 runs. A massive win for the Gerhard Erasmus-led side.
They came, they handled pressure, they finished strongly with the bat, bowled brilliantly and made a statement. Namibia showed promise last year in the UAE, now they begin with a bang, beating a Test playing nation.
This is what we are all here for in ICC tournaments. The stories of the underdogs pushing the regulars to the limit and even crossing the line. One thing is for sure today. Nambia showed Sri Lanka how to bowl on this pitch.
Sri Lanka was bowled out for just 108 in 19 overs. Sri Lanka’s chase of 164 never took off as Namibia kept chipping away at their lineup.
Namibia beats Sri Lanka by 55 runs.
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