ICC World Twenty20, 2021

Sri Lanka vs Namibia - Match 4

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 18 October 2021

Sri Lanka 100/3

RR: 7.41 | Sri Lanka beat Namibia by 7 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Pathum Nissanka lbw Bernard Scholtzlbw Bernard Scholtz5600
Kusal Perera c JJ Smit & b Ruben Trumpelmannc JJ Smit & b Ruben Trumpelmann11820
Dinesh Chandimal c Zane Green (W) & b JJ Smitc Zane Green (W) & b JJ Smit51200
Avishka Fernando not out not out 302802
Bhanuka Rajapaksa not out not out 422742
Dasun Shanaka
Chamika Karunaratne
Wanindu Hasaranga
Dushmantha Chameera
Maheesh Theekshana
Lahiru Kumara
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 4, w 3, nb 0)
Total 100 (3 Wkts, 13.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
14-1 (Kusal Perera,1.5), 18-2 (Pathum Nissanka,3), 26-3 (Dinesh Chandimal,5.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
David Wiese2 0 11 0 5.50
Ruben Trumpelmann3 0 27 1 9.00
Bernard Scholtz3 0 16 1 5.33
JJ Smit1 0 7 1 7.00
Pikky Ya France1 0 6 0 6.00
Nicol Loftie-Eaton1 0 7 0 7.00
Jan Frylinck1.3 0 17 0 13.08
Gerhard Erasmus1 0 5 0 5.00
Stephan Baard0 0 0 0 0
Zane Green 0 0 0 0 0
Craig Williams0 0 0 0 0

Right then! That is it from this match but the action in the T20 World Cup continues as we have two matches lined up in Group B for Tuesday 19th October 2021, Scotland will face Papua New Guinea at 2 pm Local (10 am GMT) and then Oman will face Bangladesh at 6 pm Local (2 pm GMT). Make sure you join us for that. Till then, take care and goodbye!

Dasun Shanaka, the winning skipper, says they planned a lot and they want to get through this stage. Talking about, Ruben Trumpelmann, he says that he has been outstanding for the past few months. Adds that earlier they had pacers but they did not execute well and now they can see good things for them. Says that winning all three games will give them a big boost as they know the conditions well. 

Gerhard Erasmus, the losing skipper, says that they will look at the positives from this game and two very important games are coming up and if they carry on putting in the effort, they can win them. Mentions that Sri Lanka have a quality bowling attack and the batters have to come to the party in the next match. About Ruben Trumpelmann, he says that yes he is a quality bowler and believes he can continue to perform well. Also adds that this is a very big stage to put their brand of cricket out there and they will look to seize the opportunity.

Maheesh Theekshana, is the Man of the Match, he says that he is really happy to represent the country. Mentions that this is a huge moment for him. Tells that his plan is to take one game at a time. Informs that he was the man of the match last time as well and says it feels good to get the award again.

... TIME FOR THE PRESENTATION ... 

Earlier in the day, a collective bowling performance saw Sri Lanka restrict Namibia to a timid score of 96. There were some early hiccups in the dugout of Sri Lanka but Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa showed good spirit and navigated their team to victory. 

Namibia started brilliantly as they scalped 3 wickets inside the Powerplay. Wickets were a must in a low-chasing game and they did very well early on but eventually, failed to capitalize on it. They restricted Sri Lanka from scoring freely but also deteriorated in taking wickets. Still, they showed a good fight till the end but came second best in the contest. Gerhard Erasmus used 8 bowlers and tried his best to find a wicket but failed to do so. 

The saying 'All is well that ends well' did really apply during the Lankan innings as they were 26 for 3 at one stage. None of their top order gave them a good start and they did look nervy at one stage but all thanks to Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who stitched a partnership of 74 and helped their team to cross the finish line. 

Earlier Sri Lanka looked in a spot of bother but ultimately they chased it down pretty comfortably. Sri Lanka have started the qualifications round on a winning note and also gained a heavy net run rate success with it. 

13.3
6
Jan Frylinck to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, SIX! Bhanuka Rajapaksa finishes things off in style! A length ball, on the hips and Rajapaksa just picks it up and clears the fielder at the backward square leg fence for a maximum. SRI LANKA WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
13.2
2
Jan Frylinck to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Slower one, banged in around off stump. Bhanuka Rajapaksa pulls it behind square on the leg side. The fielder from deep mid-wicket gives chase and cuts it off. They get an easy two.
13.1
1
Jan Frylinck to Avishka Fernando, Fullish ball, outside off and driven nicely through cover for a single.

Jan Frylinck comes back on.

12.6
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Avishka Fernando, Slower and fuller, outside off. Avishka Fernando carves it towards deep point for one. Just 6 needed now. 
12.5
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Length ball, outside off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa smashes it to deep mid-wicket only for a single. 
12.4
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Avishka Fernando, Short again, on middle. Avishka Fernando pulls it to deep square leg for a single. 
12.3
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Short of a length, outside off. Pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single. 
12.2
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Avishka Fernando, On middle, tucked on the leg side for a single this time. 

Ruben Trumpelmann (2-0-16-1) is brought into the attack.

12.1
6
Ruben Trumpelmann to Avishka Fernando, SIX! WHOA! Fullish, on middle. Avishka Fernando goes down on one knee and lifts it over long off for a biggie. 
11.6
2
David Wiese to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Fuller in length, on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa chips it over the bowler's head towards long on for a couple of runs. 17 needed from 48 balls. 
11.5
1
David Wiese to Avishka Fernando, Slower ball, on middle, angling in. Avishka Fernando knocks it to mid on for a single. 
11.4
0
David Wiese to Avishka Fernando, On a good length, on off. Avishka Fernando pushes it towards covers. 
11.3
1
David Wiese to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, On the pads, clipped to deep square leg for one.
11.3
0
David Wiese to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, WIDE! Short ball, on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa ducks underneath. Wide signalled for height. The 50-run partnership also comes up for these two.
11.2
1
David Wiese to Avishka Fernando, On a length, on off. Avishka Fernando guides it to deep backward point for a single.
11.1
1
David Wiese to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Full and on off, Bhanuka Rajapaksa works it down to long on for a single. 

David Wiese (1-0-4-0) is back into the attack.

10.6
1
Gerhard Erasmus to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Flatter ball, on off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa retains the strike by tapping towards covers for a single. 
10.5
1
Gerhard Erasmus to Avishka Fernando, Slower through the air, outside off. Avishka Fernando nudges it to long on for a run. 
10.4
1
Gerhard Erasmus to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Full and on middle, pushed towards extra cover for a single. 
10.4
0
Gerhard Erasmus to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, WIDE! Sprays this one down the leg side, Bhanuka Rajapaksa looks to flick but misses. Wided. 
10.3
0
Gerhard Erasmus to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Loopy ball, outside off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa looks to lift it over covers but gets beaten on the outside edge. 
10.2
1
Gerhard Erasmus to Avishka Fernando, A low full toss, outside off. Avishka Fernando eases it down to long on for one. 
10.1
0
Gerhard Erasmus to Avishka Fernando, Outside off, dabbed to short third man. 

DRINKS! Sri Lanka faltered a bit in the Powerplay as they lost 3 wickets but Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa have ensured that there are no further hiccups and they look to be in pole position to wrap this one up. Namibia have bowled really well but there aren't enough runs to defend. Also, Gerhard Erasmus is into the attack. 

9.6
0
Jan Frylinck to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Around off, pushed to mid off. 29 needed in 60 balls.
9.5
0
Jan Frylinck to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Slower short ball, on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa sits under it. 
9.4
4
Jan Frylinck to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! Crunched! Full and outside off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa smashes it through covers for a boundary. 
9.3
0
Jan Frylinck to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, On a length, on off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa bunts it to point. 
9.2
4
Jan Frylinck to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, DROPPED AND FOUR! Short in length, on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa pulls it late and towards deep backward square leg. The fielder there spills it out and also palms it to the ropes for a boundary. 
9.1
0
Jan Frylinck to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Fuller and on off, defended on the off side.

Jan Frylinck is brought into the attack for the first time today.

8.6
0
Bernard Scholtz to Avishka Fernando, On middle, defended back to the bowler. 37 runs needed in 66 balls.
8.5
1
Bernard Scholtz to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Bhanuka again goes for the heave and Scholtz sees it and serves it very full and outside off, dabbed to point for a single. 
8.4
6
Bernard Scholtz to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, SIX! THUMPED! Full and on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa skips down and heaves it over mid-wicket for a biggie. 
8.3
1
Bernard Scholtz to Avishka Fernando, This one stays low, full and on middle, driven through covers for one.
8.2
2
Bernard Scholtz to Avishka Fernando, Slight short and on off. Avishka Fernando slaps it through point for a brace. 

Bernard Scholtz (2-0-6-1) is back into the attack.

8.1
0
Bernard Scholtz to Avishka Fernando, Angles it on middle, pushed to covers.