ICC World Twenty20, 2021

Namibia vs Ireland - Match 11

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 22 October 2021

Namibia 126/2

RR: 6.81 | Namibia beat Ireland by 8 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Craig Williams c Kevin O'Brien & b Curtis Campherc Kevin O'Brien & b Curtis Campher151630
Zane Green c Kevin O'Brien & b Curtis Campherc Kevin O'Brien & b Curtis Campher243210
Gerhard Erasmus not out not out 534931
David Wiese not out not out 281412
Michael Van Lingen
JJ Smit
Jan Frylinck
Pikky Ya France
Nicol Loftie-Eaton
Ruben Trumpelmann
Bernard Scholtz
Extras 6 (b 1, lb 1, w 4, nb 0)
Total 126 (2 Wkts, 18.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
25-1 (Craig Williams,5.1), 73-2 (Zane Green,13.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Josh Little4 0 22 0 5.50
Craig Young3.3 0 33 0 10.00
Mark Adair1.4 0 12 0 8.57
Curtis Campher3 0 14 2 4.67
Kevin O'Brien2.2 0 15 0 6.82
Simi Singh4 0 28 0 7.00
Paul Stirling0 0 0 0 0
Andy Balbirnie 0 0 0 0 0
Gareth Delany0 0 0 0 0
Harry Tector0 0 0 0 0
Neil Rock 0 0 0 0 0

Right then. That is all that we have from this game. Namibia make their way to the Super 12s and Ireland will catch a flight back home as they miss out this time around. We have one final game before the Super 12s get underway and the final game of Group A between Sri Lanka and Netherlands will get underway at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT). Switch tabs and catch all the action from that game. Cheers! 

The captain of Namibia, Gerhard Erasmus, says that they are a small cricketing nation and this win means a lot to them. Mentions that they are very proud of themselves tonight. Adds that Wiese is the senior player of the team and has stepped up in crucial situations. Tells that the win has not sunk in yet but maybe it will soon.

Andy Balbirnie, the skipper of Ireland, says the side is surely gutted but says they will come back stronger in future campaigns. Also praises the effort of Namibia and says they were the better side.

DAVID WIESE IS THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH! Wiese says it is very overwhelming. Adds the captain deserves to pick up this trophy and it was a proper captain's innings. Mentions the team has worked really hard and this was a strong performance from them. 

Earlier in the day, after a really fruitful Powerplay from the Irish openers, they lost the plot and keep losing wickets regularly and were not able to capitalize on the good start to end on just 126. In the end, the total was just not enough for the Irish bowlers to defend and they have crashed out of the tournament. 

Not the best bowling display by Ireland. They did well in the first 10 overs as they kept the run flow in check but failed to keep picking wickets. With the total not being a massive one, regular wickets was what Ireland needed but they never got them. They only managed 2 wickets and had they taken more scalps throughout the innings, they could have made life difficult for Namibia. Curtis Campher was the pick of the lot as he took 2 wickets and Josh Little bowled well too, but, it was not meant to be. 

The start by Namibia was slow like a sloth as there was no quickness in their innings early on. They struggled to get going and only managed to score 27 runs, losing one wicket, in the Powerplay. They needed to get through the middle overs well and the duo of Gerhard Erasmus and Zane Green did that with their 48-run stand, which was slow again, but they did what was needed from them. The running between these two was the highlight as they did well to run hard and grab a couple of runs whenever possible. Green fell and the hero of the last game, David Wiese walked out. The 15th over changed the momentum for Namibia as they gathered 16 off that over. After that, the duo of Erasmus and Wiese played smartly and kept the run rate in check, with the skipper getting his fifty, and they took their team over the line, with 9 balls to spare. 

A nation rejoices now! Namibia have done it! What a big moment this is for Namibian cricket as they have booked their place in the Super 12s. They have fought hard and have deservedly made their way to the next stage of this tournament. All the players will be very glad that their tournament can continue and it does not end prematurely. Ireland, on the other hand, will be mighty disappointed that they have failed to cross this hurdle and it will take them a while to get over this. 

18.3
4
Craig Young to David Wiese, FOUR! Here comes the winning runs. David Wiese racks up the winning runs. A full-length ball, outside off. Wiese puts all his power on this shot. He slashes it over cover. The ball clears the man in the deep and goes into the boundary on a bounce. Emotional scenes for Namibia cricket. The skipper is on his knees. The dugout can't believe it. History has been made by Namibia here. THEY WIN THE GAME BY 8 WICKETS.
18.2
1
Craig Young to Gerhard Erasmus, Slower, full-length ball, on off. Eramus pushes it to mid off for a single.
18.1
4
Craig Young to Gerhard Erasmus, FOUR! Gerhard Erasmus is in a hurry to end things here. Fuller in length, outside off. Erasmus leans in and lifts it over covers for a boundary. He also brings up his half-century in style. A captain's knock by Erasmus.

Craig Young (3-0-24-0) comes back on. 

17.6
1
Simi Singh to Gerhard Erasmus, Tossed up, on middle. Erasmus makes room and lifts it over covers for a single. Ireland are chasing the game now, this over has changed the context of the game. 9 runs needed off 12.
17.5
1
Simi Singh to David Wiese, A single now! Short and outside off. Wiese cuts it to backward point for a run.
17.4
0
Simi Singh to David Wiese, Flighted, full and on leg. Wiese pushes it back to the bowler.
17.4
0
Simi Singh to David Wiese, WIDE! Full and sliding down leg. Wiese leaves it alone. Wide called by the umpire.
17.3
1
Simi Singh to Gerhard Erasmus, Flatter and on off. Erasmus pushes it to cover for a single.
17.2
6
Simi Singh to Gerhard Erasmus, SIX! Magnificent strike by Erasmus. He uses his feet really well here. Floated, full and on off. Gerhard Erasmus skips down the track and smokes it over the long off fence for a biggie. Namibia are nearly there.
17.1
2
Simi Singh to Gerhard Erasmus, A couple now! Tossed up, on off. Erasmus makes room and lifts it over extra cover. The ball lands safely. The batters pick two runs.

Simi Singh is brought back into the attack. 

16.6
1
Josh Little to Gerhard Erasmus, Great over by Little. Just 5 runs off it. A full-length ball, outside off. Erasmus guides it to third man for a run. 21 runs needed off 18 balls.
16.5
1
Josh Little to David Wiese, A run a ball, does keep the game interesting at this stage. Full and outside off. Wiese steers it towards third man for another run.
16.4
1
Josh Little to Gerhard Erasmus, Short ball, on middle and leg. Erasmus pulls it to deep square leg for another single.
16.3
1
Josh Little to David Wiese, Full-length ball, on off. Wiese swings his blade hard at it. The ball goes towards mid-wicket and for a single.
16.2
1
Josh Little to Gerhard Erasmus, A length ball, around off, nipping in. Erasmus flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
16.1
0
Josh Little to Gerhard Erasmus, Swing and a miss! Little comes from 'round the wicket. Back of a length and outside off. Erasmus looks to cut it away but misses.

Josh Little comes back on. 

15.6
2
Curtis Campher to David Wiese, Slower and full, outside off. David Wiese lifts it to deep extra cover for a brace. 100 up for Namibia! 26 needed from 24 balls.
15.5
0
Curtis Campher to Gerhard Erasmus, Length ball, on leg. Gerhard Erasmus looks to flick but misses. Gets hit on the pads and the batters take a leg bye. 
15.4
1
Curtis Campher to David Wiese, Fuller in length, on middle, worked to long on for a run.
15.3
1
Curtis Campher to Gerhard Erasmus, Short of a length, on off. Erasmus gets behind the line of the ball and drops it towards point. The batters tee off for a run.
15.2
1
Curtis Campher to David Wiese, Length ball, outside off. David Wiese slashes it to deep point for one. 
15.1
1
Curtis Campher to Gerhard Erasmus, On off, Gerhard Erasmus steps out and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 
14.6
1
Craig Young to Gerhard Erasmus, On a length, on off. Gerhard Erasmus punches it through covers for a single. 33 needed from 30 balls.

Review for caught behind! Replays show that there was no bat on this one. 

14.5
0
Craig Young to Gerhard Erasmus, NOT OUT! Length ball, on off. Gerhard Erasmus looks to defend but misses. The ball goes through the gate to the keeper. Neil Rock and Craig Young appeal for a caught behind but the umpire says no. Ireland take a review. UltraEdge shows a flat line as the ball passes the bat. Gerhard Erasmus survives. The ball brushed the off pole slightly but the bails did not fall off and hence, this will be not out. 
14.4
1
Craig Young to David Wiese, Length ball, outside off. David Wiese works it towards covers for a single now. 
14.3
6
Craig Young to David Wiese, SIX! WHOA! David Wiese is picking up right from where he left off. Young again pitches it short, short enough for David Wiese to hammer it over deep mid-wicket for another biggie. 
14.2
6
Craig Young to David Wiese, SIX! BANG! Short of a length, on off. David Wiese launches this one over deep mid-wicket. The fielder manages to get his hand to it but the ball falls over the ropes. David Wiese has his intentions clear. 
14.1
2
Craig Young to David Wiese, Short of a length, on middle. David Wiese pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 
13.6
1
Curtis Campher to David Wiese, On off, punched to sweeper cover for a single. 
13.5
1
Curtis Campher to Gerhard Erasmus, On a good length, on off. Gerhard Erasmus dabs it towards backward point. Harry Tector quickly collects the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Had that hit, David Wiese was a goner. 
13.4
1
Curtis Campher to David Wiese, Back of a length, on middle. Wiese hangs back and knocks it to mid on for one. 
13.3
1
Curtis Campher to Gerhard Erasmus, On a length, on off. Gerhard Erasmus works it to long off for a single. 

Out walks David Wiese. He was on fire in the last game. Can he replicate the same and take Namibia to the Super 12s?

13.2
0
Curtis Campher to Zane Green, OUT! CAUGHT! Curtis Campher gets the much-needed breakthrough. It is once again Kevin O'Brien who takes a stunner. Curtis Campher bowls it on a good length, on off. Zane Green uses his feet and lifts it towards mid off. He doesn't manage to clear the man and Kevin O'Brien back-pedals, leaps, and takes the catch. Namibia lose their second wicket. 
13.1
2
Curtis Campher to Zane Green, Full and outside off, Zane Green steps out and lofts it towards deep cover for a couple of runs. 

Curtis Campher (1-0-2-1) comes back on. 

12.6
4
Josh Little to Gerhard Erasmus, FOUR! Nicely played! Short of a length, on off. Gerhard Erasmus rocks back and guides it right into the gap between backward point and third man. The ball races away to the boundary. A good over for Namibia. 10 runs from it. 55 more needed from 42 balls. 
12.5
0
Josh Little to Gerhard Erasmus, On a length, on off. Gerhard Erasmus knocks it back to the bowler.