Namibia, on the evening, were no counterpart for Sri Lanka and lost their T20 World Cup debut game by seven wickets. Maheesh Theekshana sacked three wickets while Lahiru Kumara and Wanindu Hasaranga got two each as Namibia collapsed for 96. Sri Lanka’s players had beginning inconveniences however 50 years remain between Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Avishka Fernando facilitated the side to a success in the fourteenth over.
Namibia’s lethargic beginning
Requested to bat, Namibia lost their initial wicket – that of Stephan Baard – with 10 on the board. There were no limits between overs 2-4 except for Craig Williams broke the shackles with a six against Theekshana. The off-spinner, notwithstanding, excused Zane Green and Namibia finished the powerplay with 30 for 2 on the board.
Williams, notwithstanding the success, required a significant stretch of time to get moving and that main hurt Namibia’s advancement. Gerhard Erasmus struck two limits against Hasaranga however Namibia heaved and puffed to 54 for 2 at the midway imprint.
Bowlers nail Namibia to the mat
Between overs 13 and 16, Namibia lost four wickets – a wicket in every one of those four overs – as they went from 68 for 2 to 85 for 6. Hasaranga proceeded to great work and stowed his second wicket with the excusal of Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton while Chameera too got the party together with a late wicket. Kumara – who astounded the last – finished with noteworthy figures of 3.3-0-9-2 to guarantee Namibi couldn’t actually arrange a late thrive.
Sri Lanka’s helpless beginning
Ruben Trumpelmann was invited in the second done with successive limits yet nipped out Kusal Perera on the fifth conveyance to give Namibia the early forward leap. Pathum Nissanka fell in the following over as Sri Lanka were diminished to 18 for 2 toward the finish of three overs. After the twin fours by Perera, Sri Lanka played out a time of 22 conveyances with a limit and the strain got to Dinesh Chandimal also. The previous chief fell for 5 off 12 as Sri Lanka were left in a spot of trouble at 26 for 3 in the 6th over.
Fernando, Rajapaksa to the salvage
Avishka Fernando (30 not out) showed some great structure in front of the competition against Oman and assisted the side with getting the line with a 74-run remain with Bhanuka Rajapaksa (42 not out). Namibia couldn’t exactly heap on the strain after the three early wicket and the Sri Lankan pair assumed responsibility for the pursuit to guarantee the game was wrapped up with 29 balls to save.
Brief scores : Namibia 96 in 19.3 overs (M Theekshana 3-25) lost to Sri Lanka 100/3 in 13.3 overs (Bhanuka Rajapaksa 42*) by seven wickets.