ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier, 2019

Ireland vs Namibia - 3rd Place Play-off

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 02 November 2019

Namibia 108/10

RR: 5.89 | Ireland beat Namibia by 27 runs

commentary

That's all from this game! One more match to go. Papua New Guinea face off Netherlands in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers. Join us for that at 1930 local (1530 GMT). Until then, cheers.

Gary Wilson, the Ireland skipper says it is good to sign off with a win. Adds that 135 was a par score and credits the bowlers that they bowled well. Credits Simi Singh for bowling very well. Mentions that when you see two young lads batting well it is good for the team. Wilson also says that he is happy with the performance of Mark Adair and Gareth Delany. Ends by saying that his team has qualified for the T20 World Cup in Australia but they would have liked to play in the final. Adds that Netherlands played a better game and they deserve to be in the final.

Gerhard Erasmus, the Namibian skipper, says that they bowled better than yesterday and they would have taken 135 at the halfway mark. They needed a partnership to go deep but it was not to be. Adds that his wicket changed the match a little but they wanted to bat deep into this innings. On going to Australia, Erasmus says that it is going to be an exciting twelve months for them and it will be challenging as well. Ends by saying that the services have been good over here and they look forward to coming back.

Simi Singh is the Man of the Match. He says that he is happy with the performance of the team and it has been great. Adds that he is happy that he got a chance to play. Singh also says the catch of Kotze which he took got stuck in his hands. Mentions that everyone contributed well and it has been a team performance. Ends by saying that the team is ready to go to Australia.

Namibia, on the other hand, were brilliant with the ball keeping the Irish in check but when they came out to bat, they were blown away by the bowlers from Ireland. They were made to dance to their tunes and courtesy some poor shots, were shot out for just 108. Only Gerhard Erasmus stood out for them with a fifty but could not continue. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony.

The day did not start on the best note for the Irish as they were bundled out for a paltry score of 135. They lost wickets in a heap and they have Andrew Balbirnie to thank for getting them to that score. But then, the bowlers did their job and restricted Namibia to 108.

Excellent bowling performance from Irish! They have managed to defend a paltry total and they will finish third in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers. They had their backs to the wall after the first innings but their bowlers were right on the money. They bowled excellent lines and lengths and gave the Namibians no chance. They should be very happy with their performance.

18.2
0
M Adair to Ben Shikongo, OUT! CAUGHT! Full delivery on off, Shikongo chips it to covers where Balbirnie takes a good catch. IRELAND WIN THE MATCH BY 27 RUNS!
18.1
1
M Adair to B Scholtz, Short delivery on middle, Scholtz pulls it towards mid on for a single.

Ben Shikongo is the last man in. Mark Adair is back on. 3-0-8-1 are his figures so far.

17.6
0
B Rankin to Z Groenewald, OUT! CAUGHT! Another one perishes. This is excellent stuff from the Irish! Rankin bowls a full delivery on middle, Groenewald looks to loft it over the mid on fielder but it hits the inside half of his bat and goes towards Kevin O'Brien who makes no mistake this time and pouches it safely.
17.5
0
B Rankin to Z Groenewald, A short delivery which has been pulled away.
17.4
1
B Rankin to B Scholtz, Good length ball on off, Scholtz guides this to third man and takes a single to get off the mark.
17.3
0
B Rankin to B Scholtz, Good length ball on off, Scholtz defends it towards point. The non-striker wants the single but is sent back. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end and hits but the batsman was just in.

Bernard Scholtz is the new batsman in.

17.2
0
B Rankin to JJ Smit, OUT! BOWLED! YOU MISS I HIT, SAYS RANKIN! Full delivery on middle, Smit makes room towards the leg side to loft this over cover but fails to put any bat on it. The ball goes onto hit the middle stump. Ireland are just two wickets away from securing third position.
17.1
0
B Rankin to JJ Smit, BEATEN! Good length ball outside off, Smit looks to cut but fails to put any bat on it.

Boyd Rankin is back into the attack.

16.6
1
C Young to JJ Smit, Bowls a yorker on off, Smit does well to dig it out. It goes towards mid off. The batsmen take a run.
16.5
6
C Young to JJ Smit, SIX! Amazing shot. Short of a length delivery, Smit pulls it over wide long on for a maximum.
16.4
0
C Young to JJ Smit, Play and a miss! On a good length and outside off, Smit looks to swing at this one but misses it.
16.3
1
C Young to Z Groenewald, Full delivery on middle, Groenewald drives it through mid on. The batsmen take a run.
16.2
0
C Young to Z Groenewald, Good length delivery on off, Groenewald defends it off the back foot.
16.1
0
C Young to Z Groenewald, On a length on middle, Groenewald flicks it to mid-wicket.

Craig Young is into the attack for the first time today.

15.6
1
S Singh to Z Groenewald, Tossed up delivery on off, Groenewald plays it towards covers for a single. 5 runs and a wicket from the over. Namibia need 38 runs in 24 balls to win the match. Simi Singh finishes his spell with figures of 4-0-25-3.

Zhivago Groenewald is the next batsman in.

15.5
0
S Singh to C Viljoen, OUT! CAUGHT! Simple catch for Mark Adair. Flighted delivery on middle, Viljoen looks to flick but gets a top edge. It goes towards mid-wicket where Adair takes a simple catch.
15.4
2
S Singh to C Viljoen, Tossed up delivery on off, Viljoen lofts it over covers. The batsmen get two runs.
15.3
1
S Singh to JJ Smit, Flighted delivery on middle, Smit plays it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.
15.2
1
S Singh to C Viljoen, Tossed up delivery on middle, Viljoen drives it through mid on. The batsmen take a run.
15.1
0
S Singh to C Viljoen, Flighted delivery on off, Viljoen plays a reverse sweep to the off side.

Simi Singh is back on. 3-0-20-2 are his figures so far.

14.6
0
M Adair to JJ Smit, Good length ball outside off, Smit lets the ball go to the keeper.
14.5
1
M Adair to C Viljoen, Full delivery outside off, Viljoen drives it to cover and takes a single.

Christi Viljoen is the next batsman in.

14.4
0
M Adair to G Erasmus, OUT! CAUGHT! Erasmus falls after playing an excellent knock here! He needed to continue to help his side win this match. Short delivery on middle and leg, Erasmus pulls this nicely but finds Rankin at short fine leg to perfection. Namibia still require 44 runs to win this match.
14.3
0
M Adair to JJ Smit, Good length ball on middle, Smit looks to pull it but gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards the leg side and the batters take a leg bye.
14.2
0
M Adair to JJ Smit, RUN OUT CHANCE MISSED! Fullish delivery on off, Smit drives this towards the cover region. Erasmus wants the single but is sent back by Smit. The fielder at cover throws it to the bowler but he fails to collect the ball properly allowing the batsman to get back in.
14.1
0
M Adair to JJ Smit, Full delivery on middle, Smit drives this uppishly but it goes wide of the bowler. No run taken.

Mark Adair is back into the attack. 2-0-7-0 are his figures so far.

13.6
0
G Delany to G Erasmus, DROPPED! That was a tough chance for Kevin O'Brien. Flighted delivery on off, Erasmus lofts it over covers but it goes to short cover where Kevin O'Brien jumps and tries to take it but spills it. It was a real tough chance for him.
13.5
0
G Delany to G Erasmus, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
13.4
1
G Delany to JJ Smit, Tossed up delivery on off, Smit drives it through mid off for a run.
13.3
1
G Delany to G Erasmus, Floated delivery on off, Erasmus plays it towards covers and takes a single.
13.2
0
G Delany to G Erasmus, Short delivery on off, Erasmus cuts it to point.
13.1
4
G Delany to G Erasmus, FOUR! Fifty for Erasmus. It has been a great innings from him. Short delivery on middle, Erasmus pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

Gareth Delany is back on. 3-0-17-2 are his figures so far.

12.6
0
B Rankin to JJ Smit, On a good length on off, Smit plays it to the off side. Namibia need 51 runs in 42 balls to win the match.
12.5
1
B Rankin to G Erasmus, Length delivery on middle, Erasmus flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
12.4
2
B Rankin to G Erasmus, Short delivery outside off, Erasmus cuts it through point. The batsmen get two runs. This is good running between the wickets from both the batsmen.
12.3
2
B Rankin to G Erasmus, On a good length on off, Erasmus guides it easily towards third man. The batsmen pick up a couple.
12.2
1
B Rankin to JJ Smit, Length delivery on middle, Smit flicks it towards mid-wicket for a quick single.
12.1
1
B Rankin to G Erasmus, On a length on off, Erasmus guides it towards third man for a single.

JJ Smit is the new man in. Boyd Rankin is back on. 1-0-9-0 are his figures so far.

11.6
0
S Singh to Z Green, OUT! STUMPED! Excellent piece of keeping and bowling this from the Irish! Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Green looks to flick it but misses. The ball goes in between the bat and pad. Wilson fails to collect it cleanly but he shows great presence of mind. Collects the ball and removes the stumps. The umpire gives it out and the replays show that Green was well out.
11.5
0
S Singh to Z Green, Another flighted delivery outside off, Green looks to play the reverse sweep but fails to put any bat on it. The keeper as well fails to collect it well but no harm done.
11.4
4
S Singh to Z Green, FOUR! Nicely played! Flighted delivery ouside off, Green plays the reverse sweep towards the third man region and picks up another boundary.
11.3
1
S Singh to G Erasmus, Flatter delivery on middle, Erasmus flicks it to square leg and crosses over for a single.
11.2
2
S Singh to G Erasmus, Full delivery on middle, Erasmus flicks it towards the deep mid-wicket region and by the time the fielder can cut it off, the batters take two.
11.1
2
S Singh to G Erasmus, Flatter delivery on middle and leg, Erasmus comes down the track and flicks it towards the deep square leg region for a couple. Excellent running.
10.6
0
S Getkate to Z Green, On a length on off, Green plays it to point. 18 runs have come from the over. Big over for Namibia.
10.5
1
S Getkate to G Erasmus, Full delivery on middle, Erasmus flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen take a single.

Free Hit coming up!

10.5
4
S Getkate to G Erasmus, NO BALL! FOUR! The umpire gives it a no ball for height. Bowls a waist high full toss, Erasmus looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes over fine leg for a boundary.
10.4
4
S Getkate to G Erasmus, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Shane Getkate. Full delivery on off, Erasmus drives it through covers for a boundary.
10.3
4
S Getkate to G Erasmus, FOUR! Erasmus makes good use of the Free Hit. Full toss on off, Erasmus pulls it over the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.
10.3
1
S Getkate to Z Green, NO BALL! Getkate oversteps! On a length on middle, Green flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen take a single. The next ball will be a Free Hit.
10.2
2
S Getkate to Z Green, Short delivery on leg, Green pulls it through square leg. Harry Tector in the deep slides and does well to stop it. The batsmen get two runs.
10.1
0
S Getkate to Z Green, On a good length on middle, Green plays it to mid on.
9.6
1
S Singh to Z Green, Short ball outside off, Green punches this off the back foot towards the off side and takes a single.
9.5
0
S Singh to Z Green, Full delivery on middle, Zane pushes it back to the bowler.
9.4
0
S Singh to Z Green, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat
9.3
1
S Singh to G Erasmus, Flighted ball on middle, Erasmus flicks it towards the leg side and picks up a single.
9.2
4
S Singh to G Erasmus, FOUR! Some innovation this time from Erasmus. Flighted ball on middle, Gerhard plays the reverse sweep towards the backward square leg region for a boundary. The fielder tries to stop it while diving but the ball rolls into the fence.
9.1
1
S Singh to Z Green, Flighted delivery outside off, Green drives it towards the cover fielder and takes a single.

Simi Singh is back into the attack. 1-0-4-1 are his figures so far.

8.6
0
S Getkate to G Erasmus, Good length delivery on off, Erasmus blocks it off the back foot. 3 runs and a wicket from the over.
8.5
2
S Getkate to G Erasmus, On a good length on off, Erasmus punches it through point. The batsmen pick up a couple.

Zane Green is the new man in.

8.4
0
S Getkate to S Baard, OUT! CAUGHT! Good catch by Simi Singh. Short delivery on middle, Baard pulls it over mid-wicket but does not get the distance on it. It goes towards Singh who runs from long on, dives and takes a very good catch. Namibia lose their 4th wicket and are in desperate need of a partnership.
8.3
1
S Getkate to G Erasmus, Short of a length delivery, Erasmus pulls it through square leg. The batsmen cross ends.
8.2
0
S Getkate to G Erasmus, Length delivery on off, Erasmus plays it to point.
8.1
0
S Getkate to G Erasmus, On a good length on off, Erasmus pushes it to mid off.
7.6
1
B Rankin to G Erasmus, Good length ball on off. Erasmus guides it towards the third man region and takes a single.
7.5
1
B Rankin to S Baard, Good length ball outside off, Stephan pushes it to point and takes off for a single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. It would not have mattered though as the batter was well in.
7.4
1
B Rankin to G Erasmus, Good length ball on middle, Gerhard flicks it towards the deep mid-wicket region and takes a single.
7.3
1
B Rankin to S Baard, Good length ball on off, Stephan guides this towards the third man region and takes a single.
7.2
4
B Rankin to S Baard, FOUR! Nicely played! Shortish delivery on middle, Baard plays a lovely pull towards the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary. They need more of these.
7.1
1
B Rankin to G Erasmus, Good length ball on middle, Gerhard flicks it towards deep square leg and takes a single.

Boyd Rankin is into the attack.

6.6
1
S Getkate to G Erasmus, On a good length on off, Erasmus punches it towards point for a single.
6.5
0
S Getkate to G Erasmus, Length delivery on off, Erasmus plays it to the off side.
6.4
0
S Getkate to G Erasmus, On a good length on off, Erasmus plays it to point.
6.3
2
S Getkate to G Erasmus, Short delivery outside off, Erasmus cuts it through point. The fielder picks the ball and throws it to the keeper's end but the batsmen was well in. The batsmen get two runs.
6.2
1
S Getkate to S Baard, On a good length and outside off, Baard looks to cut but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man. The batsmen take a run.
6.1
0
S Getkate to S Baard, Bowls a yorker on middle, Baard does well to dig it out and plays it back towards the bowler where Getkate does well to stop it with one hand in his followthrough.

Shane Getkate is into the attack.

5.6
4
G Delany to G Erasmus, FOUR! Another brilliant shot. Erasmus is looking to unsettle the bowler here. Delany bowls a loopy ball on middle, Gerhard plays another sweep shot towards the deep square leg region and collects another boundary. Namibia are 28/3 after 6 overs. It has been an excellent Powerplay for Ireland.
5.5
4
G Delany to G Erasmus, FOUR! Nicely played! Floated ball on middle, Gerhard plays the sweep shot towards the deep square leg region for a boundary. He is off the mark with this one.
5.4
0
G Delany to G Erasmus, Full delivery on middle, Erasmus pushes it back to the bowler.

Gerhard Erasmus, the skipper, comes out to bat.

5.3
0
G Delany to C Williams, OUT! LBW! That looks like a rough decision as Williams was way down the crease. Flighted ball on off, Williams comes down the track to flick it towards the leg side but misses. The ball hits the pads and the players appeal. The umpire gives it out after some thought. Williams was looking like he had gone past the 3.5m mark and it might be a poor decision in the end. Namibia are in shatters at the moment. They are in desperate need of a partnership.
5.2
3
G Delany to S Baard, Full delivery on middle, Baard sweeps this beautifully towards deep square leg but Harry Tector runs in from deep mid-wicket and makes an excellent diving stop. The batters take three.
5.1
0
G Delany to S Baard, Flatter delivery on middle and leg, Baard looks to pull it but fials and gets hit on the pads. No run.
4.6
1
M Adair to S Baard, Good length ball on middle and leg, Baard flicks it towards the mid-wicket region and takes a single. 119 runs required off 15 overs.
4.5
1
M Adair to C Williams, Slower full delivery in the channel, Craig drives this towards mid off and crosses over for a single.
4.4
0
M Adair to C Williams, Good length ball on off, Williams pushes it to covers. Another dot.
4.3
0
M Adair to C Williams, On a length on middle, Craig defends it off the back foot towards the bowler.
4.2
0
M Adair to C Williams, Fullish delivery on off, Williams pushes it towards the cover region for nothing.
4.1
1
M Adair to S Baard, Good length ball on middle, Stephan flicks it towards the leg side and crosses over for a single.

Mark Adair is back into the attack. 1-0-4-0 are his figures so far.

3.6
0
G Delany to C Williams, Flighted delivery on middle, Williams flicks it to mid-wicket. The fielder fires a throw at the keeper's end but the batsman was well in.
3.5
0
G Delany to C Williams, Tossed up delivery on off, Williams defends it out.
3.4
1
G Delany to S Baard, Floated delivery on middle, Baard flicks it towards square leg for a run.
3.3
0
G Delany to S Baard, BEATEN! Flighted delivery outside off, Baard looks to cut but misses it.
3.2
2
G Delany to S Baard, Short delivery on middle, Baard pulls it over mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
3.1
0
G Delany to S Baard, Tossed up delivery on off, Baard looks to drive but gets an inside edge on this one. It goes just past the leg stump.

Craig Williams is the new batsman in.

2.6
0
S Singh to JP Kotze, OUT! CAUGHT! That's an excellent catch from Simi Singh! This will give his side immense confidence. Flighted delivery outside off, Kotze looks to drive but it goes off the inside half of the bat towards the bowler. Simi dives to his left and plucks it out of thin air with one hand. Namibia two down very quickly here.
2.5
0
S Singh to JP Kotze, Beaten! Flighted ball outside off, Kotze looks to sweep but fails to put any bat on it.
2.4
1
S Singh to S Baard, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
2.3
1
S Singh to JP Kotze, Full delivery on middle, Kotze plays it to mid on and takes a single.
2.2
0
S Singh to JP Kotze, Flatter delivery on middle, Kotze pushes it to cover off the back foot.
2.1
2
S Singh to JP Kotze, Short ball outside off, Baard cuts it towards point and is wanting the single. He was ball watching and the fielder at point has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Had he hit, Stephan was well out. The ball goes past towards mid-wicket allowing the batsmen to take another run.

Simi Singh is into the attack.

1.6
1
G Delany to JP Kotze, Loopy delivery on middle, Kotze flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends. 3 runs and a wicket from the over.
1.5
0
G Delany to JP Kotze, Flighted delivery on off, Kotze blocks it off the front foot.

JP Kotze is the new man in.

1.4
0
G Delany to N Davin, OUT! LBW! Ireland get an early breakthrough. Tossed up delivery on middle, Davin looks to sweep but misses it and gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw and the umpire raises his finger immediately. It is a good start for Ireland because they are defending a small total.
1.3
0
G Delany to N Davin, Floated delivery on off, Davin punches it to point.
1.2
0
G Delany to N Davin, Flighted delivery on off, Davin keeps it out.
1.1
2
G Delany to N Davin, Tossed up delivery on off, Davin plays it towards covers where the fielder misfields and it goes through him. The batsmen get two runs.

Gareth Delany will bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
M Adair to S Baard, Good length delivery on off, Baard plays it to point. 4 runs have come from the first over.
0.5
1
M Adair to N Davin, On a length on off, Davin guides it towards third man. The batsmen take a single.
0.4
2
M Adair to N Davin, Full delivery on off, Davin lofts it over point. The batsmen get two runs.
0.3
0
M Adair to N Davin, On a good length on off, Davin blocks it off the back foot.
0.2
1
M Adair to S Baard, Length delivery on middle, Baard flicks it through mid-wicket and gets off the mark.
0.1
0
M Adair to S Baard, BEATEN! Starts with a good length delivery outside off, Baard looks to defend but misses it.

We are back for the chase. The Ireland players are out in the middle. Stephan Baard and Nikolaas Davin will open the batting for Namibia. Mark Adair will start the proceedings for Ireland.