Namibia prompted an enormous upset on the opening day of the T20 World Cup with a 55-run win over 2014 champion and reigning Asia Cup winner Sri Lanka in a bunch A match on Sunday.
Namibia, which had impressed within the earlier version as properly, recovered from 93 for six within the fifteenth over to publish a difficult 163 for seven in 20 overs.
Jan Frylinck (44 off 28) and JJ Smit (31 not out off 16) did the injury within the loss of life overs, sharing a whirlwind 69-run stand off 33 balls to boost considerations within the Sri Lankan dressing room.
Nicol Loftie-Eaton had made a helpful 20 off 12 balls after the reigning Asian champion put Namibia in to bat.
The Namibian pacers, led by Ben Shikongo, wrecked the Sri Lanka top-order earlier than bowling them out for 108 in 19 overs for a memorable win.
Shikongo missed out on a well-known hat-trick after eradicating opener Pathum Nissanka and Danushka Gunathilak off successive balls within the fourth over.
The harmful Bhanuka Rajapaksa (20) and skipper Dasun Shanaka (29) tried to make a match out of it however the Namibians stored taking wickets.
David Wiese, Bernard Scholtz, Frylinck and Shikongo ended up with two wickets every in what was an excellent bowling efficiency.
Namibian skipper Gerhard Erasmus lauded his gamers for the particular win however stated the group has an even bigger purpose in thoughts. Namibia had managed to make the Tremendous 12s within the earlier version.
“Unbelievable journey, final 12 months was a particular expertise for us. We’ve began with an amazing win, however lot of labor to do all through this match nonetheless. It’s been a historic day for us. The opening day has been fairly particular however we need to kick on from right here and qualify for the Tremendous 12 stage.
“We perceive the larger image as properly. Credit score goes to Pierre (de Bruyn) the best way he has put in teaching to this group, one which’s a profitable tradition and one which sticks collectively (sic). With the restricted assets, I don’t assume there’s anybody else that would run such a decent ship,” he stated.
Sri Lanka skipper Shanaka stated three wickets within the PowerPlay damage the group badly. He additionally insisted that there was no have to press the panic button after one sudden outcome.
“The floor performed rather well, however we didn’t execute properly with the ball. Didn’t bowl in the correct areas and that’s a priority. As soon as we lose three wickets within the PowerPlay, we’re often out of the sport. The plans needs to be easy, we’d like not do something particular.
“We obtained a great group but it surely’s concerning the course of. Once we are chasing 160, we’d like want some partnerships. Want the openers to come back good and the No. 3 to click on,” stated Shanaka.
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Publish date: 2022-10-16 18:17:46
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