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Sunday, October 16, 2022

Namibia stuns Sri Lanka in T20 WC 2022

How good is your memory ?  - do you remember that 25th Match of ICC ODI World Cup played at  Pietermaritzburg, on  Feb 23, 2003- India won by 181 runs ! 

I’m a little bit speechless at the moment. What we just achieved is above what we thought we could do. I am just very excited at this point of time. JJ just came in and took a little bit of pressure off me with a lot of boundaries. Myself and JJ got us to a competitive total and the bowlers were just unbelievable. – spake Frylinck, who, you may ask.  Jan Nicolaas Frylinck born in 1994 at Bellville, is the Player of the match today.   

In their first match of this year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, India face Pakistan in what would be a high-voltage clash on  Sunday (October 23). With a week o0 go,  the build-up has already started and, adding spice to the contest before it takes place on the field, former Pakistani fast bowler Aaqib Javed has made a big statement about the Indian team. 

"India ki halat jo hain na vo bhi kuch acchi form main nahi hain. Unki batting bhi struggle kar rahi hain, aur Bumrah ke bagair bowling waisi nahi hain ki aap soche ki.. 

India’s situation at the moment isn’t that great, they aren’t in very good form. Their batting is struggling and in Bumrah’s absence, their bowling is also not like what you think... there’s an impact of bowler which is there with Shaheen and Haris. The impact creates a lot of pressure and makes a difference. But the bowlers India have at the moment are pretty ordinary medium pacers. But yes, there’s Pandya, who can change the game at any time)," he told the media people.  Well, games are not won by statements and perceptions !


The ICC Men's T20 World Cup  starts today ! the tournament currently consists of 16 teams, comprising the top ten teams from the rankings at the given deadline and six other teams chosen through the T20 World Cup Qualifier. The event has generally been held every two years.   Seven tournaments have so far been played, and only the West Indies has won the tournament on multiple occasions. The inaugural 2007 World Twenty20, was staged in South Africa, and won by India (MS Dhoni), who defeated Pakistan in the final at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.  Australia  are the current T20 World Cup holders, having beaten New Zealand in the 2021 final, winning their first title.  

The 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup is the eighth ICC Men's T20 World Cup tournament. It is being played in Australia from 16 October to 13 November 2022 ..  .. the  twelve teams that reached the Super 12 phase of the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup automatically qualified for the 2022 tournament. The remaining four places came from the top two teams from each of the two Global Qualifiers.   

Understanding the format is a bit complicated !  - first there are groups – in Group A there are :  Namibia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates &  in Group B :   Ireland, Scotland, West Indies, Zimbabwe.  

Next would be Super 12.   In Group 1 :  Afghanistan, Australia, England, New Zealand, Group A winner, Group B runner-up  and in Group 2 :  Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Group B winner, Group A runner-up   

Today in the 1st match, Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl first   likely owing to their preference to chase scores. Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus said he would have liked to chase as well. Injured Dilshan Madushanka is out of T20 World Cup; Binura Fernando named as his replacement.  After being put into bat first, Namibia posted 163 for 7 in 20 overs. At 93 for 6 in 14.2 overs, Namibia were in deep trouble. Jan Frylinck (44 off 28b; 4×4) and JJ Smit (31 not out off 16b; 2×4, 2×6) put on a 70-run stand for the seventh wickets in just 34 balls. The partnership proved to be a match-winning one. For Sri Lanka, Pramod Madushan Liyanagamage (2/37), Maheesh Theekshana (1/23), Dushmantha Chameera (1/39), Chamika Karunaratne (1/36), and Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva (1/27) shared the spoils.  

Sri Lanka's chase of 164 never took off as Namibia kept chipping away at their lineup. Ben Shikongo rattled the Sri Lankan top order when he took two wickets in the space of six balls to remove Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka in the fourth over. It was a double-wicket maiden. Bernard Scholtz, David Wiese and Frylinck also picked two wickets each. Namibia beat Sri Lanka by 55 runs in the opening game in 2022 Men's T20 World Cup in Australia on Sunday. Sri Lanka was bowled out for just 108 in 19 overs.   

If you still remember the Q at the start India scored 311/2 in 50 overs against Namibia – after Virender Sehwag was out at 24 – Sachin Tendulkar 152 and Sourav Ganguly 112* forged a big partnership .. .. Yuvraj who remained unbeaten on 7 had figures of 4.3-2-6-4 !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
16th Oct 2022 

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