April 11, 2024
Namibia Shocked Sri Lanka with a Grand Win in T20I World Cup 2022

Namibia Shocked Sri Lanka with a Grand Win in T20I World Cup 2022

No one would have ever thought that the champions of Asia Cup 2022 (Sri Lanka) would lose poorly to a team (Namibia) – which is not even a full-time member of the ICC! Well, Namibia rocked their first match against Sri Lanka with both bat and ball, granting themselves a grand victory in the opening match of the T20I World Cup 2022. Here’s more;

Namibia Beat Sri Lanka by 55 Runs

Winning the toss and opting to bowl first, Sri Lanka did register the start it wanted. They sent both the Namibian openers for cheap scores, while the Loftie-Eaton too winded up before powerplay after pumping the run rate a bit.

It was Stephen Baard and the skipper Gerhard Erasmus who stopped the wicket fall and added 40+ runs to the 4th wicket. Then after, it was Jan Frylinck and JJ Smit – who together roared the Namibia innings by adding 70 runs in the last 6 overs and took the team total to 160+ runs in the designated overs.

While Frylinck missed a deserving half-century, JJ Smit stood unbeaten at 31 runs in just 16 balls. They have smashed the death bowling of Sri Lanka, sparing only Maheesh Theekshana with fair numbers.

And with a target of 164 runs on board, Sri Lanka heckled from the very beginning. They lost their star openers, Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka, for single-digit scores, while Gunathilaka went out for a golden duck! Though Dhananjaya de Silva and Bhanuka Rajapaksa tried building innings, none supported them except the skipper, Dasun Shanaka, who scored 29(23).

After them, the tailenders have been a free fall for the Namibian bowlers, who all maintained good economies while picking up the wickets of Sri Lanka. With their all-rounding play, Namibia had restricted Sri Lanka to a poor 108 runs in 19 overs, thereby winning by a grand margin of 55 runs.

Talking about this, Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka said, “We didn’t execute well with the ball. Didn’t bowl in the right areas, and that’s a concern. We are a good team. Just need some partnerships. Need the openers to come good and the No. 3 to click.”

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