Namibia’s dream of doing wonders for the second time in a row in the T20 World Cup was shattered. In their last group match of Round 1, Namibia suffered a 9-run loss to the UAE in a very close match, ending their chances of making the Super-12. With this, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands made their place in the Super-12. Namibia’s defeat has also brought good news for India, because instead of a strong team like Sri Lanka, the Netherlands team will be in Group-2 with India in Super-12.
David Wiese Breaks Down As Namibia Get Knocked Out Of T20 World Cup
Group A matches were held in Geelong on Thursday 20 October, in which Sri Lanka defeated the Netherlands to secure their place in the Super-12. But the eyes were on whether she would go to the India-Pakistan group or with Australia-England. For this there was to be a match between Namibia and UAE. Namibia’s win here would have moved them to first place in the group, while a loss here would have sent the Netherlands into the second-place Super-12.
UAE won by scoring 148 runs
UAE won the toss this time and decided to bat first. In front of the best bowling of Namibia, UAE started very slowly and it ultimately affected the team’s score. Opener Muhammad Wasim scored the highest 50 runs, but his innings was slow. In the last over, Captain Rizwan scored 43 runs in 29 balls, while Basil Hameed scored 25 runs in 14 balls to take the team to 148 runs.
In response, the situation in Namibia was bad from the beginning and the entire top and middle order, including captain Gerhard Erasmus, was badly shaken. Namibia had lost 7 wickets for just 69 runs till the 13th over. Namibia’s defeat seemed certain from here, but David Wiese used his experience to give the team the hope of victory. The dashing batsman scored 55 runs in just 36 balls. Only 14 runs were needed in the last over, but David Wiese was out here and eventually Namibia lost the match by 9 runs after scoring just 139 runs.