Kelong 16/October (SO News) Sri Lanka, who were declared champions of the Asia Cup, were surprisingly defeated by Namibia by 55 runs in the first match of the T20 World Cup. Everyone in the cricketing world was expecting that they will easily beat Sri Lanka’s Sri Lanka in the first match of the ICC T20 World Cup. But in this match played in Geelong, Australia, Namibia stunned everyone by defeating Sri Lanka.
Batting first, Namibia scored 163 runs in the allotted 20 overs thanks to the all-round performance of John Frylink (44 runs, 2 wickets) and the explosive innings of JJ Smit (31 not out), in response to which the Sri Lankan team All out for 108 runs.
Namibia lost six wickets for 93 runs in 14.2 overs. At one point, it looked like they would not even reach 150 runs, but the duo of Frylink and Smit batted hard and added 70 runs for the seventh wicket. Frylink scored 44 runs off 28 balls with the help of four fours while Smit scored 31 runs off 16 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes to give Sri Lanka a target of 164 runs.
In reply, Sri Lanka lost their four wickets for 40 runs. Bhanuka Rajapakse (20) and captain Dasan Shanaka (29) put on 34 runs for the fifth wicket after taking charge of the innings, but Sri Lanka’s wickets fell after Rajapakse was dismissed for 74 runs. Sri Lanka were all out for 108 after losing their last five wickets for 34 runs.
Sri Lanka won the toss and invited Namibia to bat first. Openers Michael van Lingen (03) and Dion La Kock (09) returned to the pavilion early. Jain Lofty Eaton scored 20 runs in 12 balls with a four and two sixes but Chamika Karunaratne had him caught by wicketkeeper Kosal Mendes.
After Namibia lost three wickets for 35 runs, Stephen Bard (26) and Gerhard Erasmus (20) added 41 runs for the fourth wicket. Both the batsmen played the ball expertly in the empty spaces at the huge Symonds Stadium and scored two runs apiece. Bard and Erasmus, however, were dismissed in an attempt to increase the run-rate, and Mobia’s sixth wicket fell soon after on 93 for David Wesson. At one point, it looked like Namibia would not even reach 150 but the pair of Freilink Smit played aggressive cricket. Thanks to the explosive batting of both, Namibia added 68 runs in the last five overs. For Namibia, Wiese took two wickets for 16 runs in four overs while Bernard Schultz took two wickets for 18 runs in four overs. Shakongo and Frylink took two wickets each while Smit took one wicket.
For Sri Lanka, Pramod Madhushan took two wickets for 37 runs in four overs, while Venindu Hasringa (4 overs, 27 runs) and Mahesh Tekshana (4 overs, 23 runs) took one wicket each. Dushmantha Chimera and Karunaratne also picked up a wicket each, though both conceded 39 and 36 runs respectively in their four overs.