Namibia and Netherlands locked horns in the seventh qualifying match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (October 20).
Asked to bat first, Netherlands posted 164/4 in their allotted 20 overs on the back of Max O’Dowd’s 56-ball 70. Colin Ackermann also played a handy knock of 32-ball 35.
For Namibia, Jan Frylinck was the stand-out bowler, claiming two wickets by conceding 36 runs in his four overs.
In reply, Namibia rode on David Wiese’s unbeaten 66 off 40 balls to overhaul the target with six wickets in hand and an over to spare. Skipper Gerhard Erasmus also made a successful contribution of 22-ball 32 in the chase.
With this victory, Namibia have kept their hopes of making it to the Super 12 phase alive.
Netherlands 164/4 in 20 overs (Max O’Dowd 70; Colin Ackermann 35; Jan Frylinck 2-36) lost to Namibia 166/4 in 19 overs (David Wiese 66*; Gerhard Erasmus 32) by 6 wickets.
Sri Lanka steamrolled Ireland by 70 runs in the eighth qualifying match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the same venue.
Invited to bat first, Sri Lanka piled up 171/7 in 20 overs with significant contributions from Wanindu Hasaranga (71 off 47 balls) and Pathum Nissanka (61 off 47 balls).
Joshua Little starred with the ball for Ireland, taking four wickets by conceding only 23 runs in his four-over quota.
Chasing the target, Ireland’s innings folded for a paltry 101 in 18.3 overs. It was a listless performance with the bat as no one except for captain Andrew Balbirnie (41) managed to touch the 25-run mark.
Maheesh Theekshana (3-17), Lahiru Kumara (2-22) and Chamika Karunaratne (2-27) ran through the Irish batting line-up while Hasaranga (1-12) and Dushmantha Chameera (1-16) chipped in with one scalp each.
It was Sri Lanka’s second successive win in Group A and they have officially qualified to the Super 12s with a game remaining against Netherlands.
Sri Lanka 171/7 in 20 overs (Wanindu Hasaranga 71; Pathum Nissanka 61; Joshua Little 4-23) defeated Ireland 101 all-out in 18.3 overs (Andrew Balbirnie 41; Maheesh Theekshana 3-17) by 70 runs