ICC World Twenty20, 2021

Namibia vs Netherlands - Match 7

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 20 October 2021

Namibia 166/4

RR: 8.74 | Namibia beat Netherlands by 6 wickets

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Gerhard Erasmus, the skipper of Namibia, says it is a very special victory for them and their batters stepped up today. Adds that it was a decent wicket and they used the conditions pretty well. Tells that they have worked really hard to reach here and thanks the team for their efforts.

Pieter Seelaar, the skipper of Netherlands, says that the score was par and Namibia bowled quite well. Adds that in hindsight, he could have come onto bowl earlier. Finishes by saying that it is quite a tough loss for them.

David Wiese, Player of the Match, says that he is exhausted as it was very hot out there. Adds that they got a big over just before the Drinks break and that helped them. Tells that it is a special feeling to win this match for Namibia and thanks their management for believing in him and giving him a chance.

Earlier in the day, after electing to bat, courtesy of a good knock by Max O'Dowd, Netherlands got to a good score. They also managed to dismiss the top order of Namibia quickly but a blinder of a knock from David Wiese helped his side get over the line.

The Dutch bowling was really good in the first half but in the latter half, they just did not have any answers to the hitting of David Wiese. Except for Fred Klaassen, the rest were taken to the cleaners. Also, one wonders why Pieter Seelaar did not bowl more as he bowled a really good first over. Some poor bowling and poor decisions probably cost Netherlands.

Namibia were 51 for 3 and were in deep trouble. The run rate needed was almost 10 but then came the stand which completely changed the game. A 93-run stand between David Wiese and Gerhard Erasmus took Namibia to the brink of victory. David Wiese was the mainstay with a half ton. Gerhard Erasmus fell but David Wiese ensured he was there till the end and took his side over the line.

What an outstanding win for Namibia and their hopes are alive. Whereas, that is the end of the road for Netherlands. Have to say, David Wiese has taken the game away from the Dutch single-handedly. This is the first-ever win for them in a T20 WC match!

18.6
4
Logan van Beek to JJ Smit, FOUR! There it is! Full ball, outside off. JJ Smit looks to drive but he gets the outside edge and the ball goes into the third man fence! Namibia WIN THE MATCH BY 6 WICKETS!
18.5
4
Logan van Beek to JJ Smit, FOUR! That should be it for Namibia now! Back of a length, outside off. JJ Smit hangs back and cuts it past point for a boundary.
18.4
2
Logan van Beek to JJ Smit, Length ball, on middle. JJ Smit hits it back past the bowler. The fielder at long on moves to his left and puts in a slide to keep it two.
18.4
0
Logan van Beek to JJ Smit, Wide! Another ball, full and way outside off. JJ Smit leaves it alone. Wided!
18.3
0
Logan van Beek to JJ Smit, Full ball, outside off. JJ Smit does not move his feet, reaches out and drags it back to the bowler.
18.3
0
Logan van Beek to JJ Smit, Wide! Full ball, well outside off. JJ Smit reaches out and looks to drive but he misses. Wide called by the umpire.
18.2
2
Logan van Beek to JJ Smit, Good-length ball, outside off. JJ Smit cuts it past point and collects a couple of runs.
18.2
0
Logan van Beek to JJ Smit, Wide! Full and way outside off. JJ Smit lets it be. Wided!
18.1
1
Logan van Beek to David Wiese, Full ball, outside off. David Wiese reverse-scoops it to the right of the short third man fielder and takes one.

Who will bowl the penultimate over? Logan van Beek (3-0-23-0) is back on.

17.6
0
Fred Klaassen to JJ Smit, Good-length ball, banged into the deck, outside off. JJ Smit looks to pull but he misses. 15 runs needed from 12 balls!
17.5
0
Fred Klaassen to David Wiese, Leg bye! Slower ball, on a length, around leg. David Wiese looks to slog but he misses and gets hit on the pads. The keeper fumbles and the batters cross for a leg bye!
17.4
0
Fred Klaassen to David Wiese, Swing and a miss! A slower ball, on a length, outside off. David Wiese throws the sink at it but fails to get any bat.
17.3
2
Fred Klaassen to David Wiese, Back of a length, outside off. David Wiese miscues his pull and the ball goes to the right of the bowler. Two taken!
17.2
0
Fred Klaassen to David Wiese, Length ball, angling in from middle and leg. David Wiese misses his heave and gets hit on the pads.
17.1
1
Fred Klaassen to JJ Smit, Length ball, on the pads. JJ Smit tucks it to the leg side and gives the strike back to David Wiese.

Change. Fred Klaassen (3-0-11-1) is back on. 

16.6
1
Timm van der Gugten to JJ Smit, Length ball, outside off. JJ Smit drives it to deep cover to collect a single.

JJ Smit walks out to bat. 20 needed from 19 balls.

Review time! Gerhard Erasmus takes the review with 2 seconds left on the clock! There is a spike as the ball goes past the bat. He will walk back.

16.5
0
Timm van der Gugten to Gerhard Erasmus, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! A wicket against the run of play! Full ball, outside off. Gerhard Erasmus reaches out and looks to drive but it takes the outside edge and Scott Edwards behind the sticks takes an easy catch. Gerhard Erasmus thinks that he has not got any bat on it and he opts for a review! UltraEdge shows a clear spike and Erasmus walks back to the hut.
16.4
1
Timm van der Gugten to David Wiese, Length ball, on the pads. David Wiese flicks it to deep mid-wicket for one.
16.3
6
Timm van der Gugten to David Wiese, SIX! David Wiese looks in a hurry to finish this game! Good-length ball, around off. Wiese heaves it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum!
16.2
2
Timm van der Gugten to David Wiese, Back of a length, outside off. David Wiese cuts it hard past point and takes a couple of runs.
16.1
1
Timm van der Gugten to Gerhard Erasmus, Good-length ball, around off. Gerhard Erasmus pushes it to cover for one.
15.6
0
Pieter Seelaar to David Wiese, Another quicker ball, following David Wiese as he makes room on the off side. Wiese looks to flick but he fails to get any bat on it and gets hit high on the pads. 30 runs needed from 24 balls!
15.5
0
Pieter Seelaar to David Wiese, A huge appeal for LBW but turned down by the umpire! Seelaar fires in a quicker ball, around leg. David Wiese misses his whip and gets rapped on the pads.
15.4
1
Pieter Seelaar to Gerhard Erasmus, Floated, around off. Gerhard Erasmus drills it to long on for a single.
15.3
1
Pieter Seelaar to David Wiese, Tossed up, on off. Wiese eases it to long off for one.
15.2
6
Pieter Seelaar to David Wiese, SIX! David Wiese gets to his fifty in style! Tossed up, around off. Wiese shimmies down and lofts it way over long off for a maximum! What an innings this has been by the big man and he would want to carry his team through now.

Pieter Seelaar is on now.

15.1
0
Pieter Seelaar to David Wiese, Full ball, on the pads. David Wiese misses his flick and gets hit low on his pads.
14.6
1
Fred Klaassen to David Wiese, Just a single as this is pushed past covers. 38 needed in 5 overs now.
14.5
1
Fred Klaassen to Gerhard Erasmus, On a length, on the pads. Flicked past square leg for one.
14.4
0
Fred Klaassen to Gerhard Erasmus, Length ball, on off. Gerhard Erasmus gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls away and they get a leg bye.
14.3
4
Fred Klaassen to Gerhard Erasmus, FOUR! Everything is going Namibia's way! Length ball, outside off. Gerhard Erasmus slashes hard but gets the outside edge. The ball runs past short third man and goes to the fence.
14.2
1
Fred Klaassen to David Wiese, Length ball, on off. Clipped past mid-wicket for one.

Review time! Netherlands opt for a review! David Wiese has been struck on the pads and the Dutch feel that they have got their man here! A huge moment in this game!

14.1
0
Fred Klaassen to David Wiese, NOT OUT! UltraEdge saves David Wiese! Length ball, on off. He looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. The appeal for LBW is turned down. Netherlands take the review but UltraEdge shows a spike as the ball goes past the bat.
13.6
4
Bas de Leede to Gerhard Erasmus, FOUR! That is beautifully played by Gerhard Erasmus! On a length, outside off. He threads the gap between backward point and point to find the boundary.
13.5
4
Bas de Leede to Gerhard Erasmus, FOUR! Lucky runs for Namibia! Short of a length, outside off. Gerhard Erasmus goes for the cut but gets it from the toe end. The ball runs past short third man races to the fence.
13.4
0
Bas de Leede to Gerhard Erasmus, Length ball, around leg. Gerhard Erasmus looks to flick but gets it off the pads towards the keeper.
13.3
1
Bas de Leede to David Wiese, Full ball, on off. Pushed past covers for one.
13.2
4
Bas de Leede to David Wiese, FOUR! David Wiese is playing a blinder! Full ball, outside off. He slices it past the diving point fielder for a boundary.
13.1
2
Bas de Leede to David Wiese, Length ball, on off. Flicked past mid-wicket for one.

Bas de Leede comes to bowl.

12.6
1
Logan van Beek to David Wiese, On a length, on off. Pushed to long off for one. 61 needed from 42 now.
12.5
1
Logan van Beek to Gerhard Erasmus, Full ball, on off. Gerhard Erasmus gets it off the inner half to deep mid-wicket for one.
12.4
1
Logan van Beek to David Wiese, Length ball, on the pads. Wiese flicks it past square leg for one.
12.3
0
Logan van Beek to David Wiese, Length ball, on off. Wiese gets the inside edge while looking to punch it. The ball goes to short fine leg.
12.2
4
Logan van Beek to David Wiese, FOUR! All along the ground now! Full ball, on off. David Wiese drives it hard past covers for a boundary.
12.1
0
Logan van Beek to David Wiese, Full ball, outside off. David Wiese shuffles across to scoop but gets the outside edge towards covers.

Logan van Beek (2-0-16-0) is back into the attack.

11.6
1
Colin Ackermann to David Wiese, This is pulled towards deep square leg for one. 19 from that over and David Wiese is turning the game on its head.
11.5
4
Colin Ackermann to David Wiese, FOUR! David Wiese is on fire out there! He gets a short ball, down the leg side. He swivels and pulls it hard to the fine leg fence.
11.4
0
Colin Ackermann to David Wiese, Short ball, on leg. Wiese hits it to short fine leg.
11.3
6
Colin Ackermann to David Wiese, SIX! David Wiese does it again! In the slot and he takes full toll of it. He heaves it straight down the ground for a huge maximum.
11.2
2
Colin Ackermann to David Wiese, Short ball, on off. Pulled to the right of deep square leg. The fielder runs across and dives to stop the ball. Two taken.
11.1
6
Colin Ackermann to David Wiese, SIX! Tonked away! Tossed up, on off. David Wiese sends the ball sailing over the long on fence.

Colin Ackermann (2-0-13-1) is back on.

10.6
2
Timm van der Gugten to Gerhard Erasmus, On a length, on off. Gerhard Erasmus hits it past covers for a couple.
10.5
4
Timm van der Gugten to Gerhard Erasmus, FOUR! Through the gap! Short of a length, outside off. Gerhard Erasmus cuts it hard through backward point and point for a boundary.
10.4
0
Timm van der Gugten to Gerhard Erasmus, On a length, on off. Blocked out.
10.3
1
Timm van der Gugten to David Wiese, On a length, on off. Pushed to long on for one.
10.2
4
Timm van der Gugten to David Wiese, FOUR! Easy pickings! Length ball, down the leg side. David Wiese flicks it to the fine leg fence.
10.1
0
Timm van der Gugten to David Wiese, Length ball, on off. Pushed to covers.

Drinks break! The last two wickets have put Netherlands on top now. Namibia would need David Wiese to play a big knock from here if they are to win this game. Gerhard Erasmus would also need to support Wiese well but expect the Dutch to come hard at them now. Timm van der Gugten comes back into the attack.

9.6
1
Roelof van der Merwe to David Wiese, Flatter ball, outside off. David Wiese cuts it to deep cover for one. 97 runs needed off 60 balls!
9.5
6
Roelof van der Merwe to David Wiese, SIX! What a shot! Tossed up, around off. David Wiese skips down and lofts it straight back over the bowler's head for a maximum!
9.4
1
Roelof van der Merwe to Gerhard Erasmus, Flatter ball, outside off. Gerhard Erasmus eases it down to long off to rotate the strike.
9.3
1
Roelof van der Merwe to David Wiese, Fuller in length, outside off. David Wiese drives it to long off for a run.
9.2
1
Roelof van der Merwe to Gerhard Erasmus, Flatter ball, outside off. Gerhard Erasmus cuts it to backward point and takes one.
9.1
6
Roelof van der Merwe to Gerhard Erasmus, SIX! BANG! Flighted delivery, outside off. Gerhard Erasmus smokes it over long off for a biggie!
8.6
0
Pieter Seelaar to David Wiese, A wicket-maiden! Seelaar fires in a quicker ball, around off. David Wiese pushes it off the back foot back to the bowler.
8.5
0
Pieter Seelaar to David Wiese, Just a tad short, outside off. David Wiese punches it to cover.
8.4
0
Pieter Seelaar to David Wiese, Flatter ball, on middle. David Wiese blocks it back to the bowler.
8.3
0
Pieter Seelaar to David Wiese, Floated, around middle. David Wiese looks to drive but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
8.2
0
Pieter Seelaar to Stephan Baard, OUT! BOWLED! Tossed up, around middle and leg. Baard looks to flick but he misses and gets hit on his pad. The ball ricochets off his pads and crashes onto his off pole. David Wiese walks out to bat.
8.1
0
Pieter Seelaar to Stephan Baard, Tossed up, around off. Baard drives it to the cover fielder.
7.6
0
Colin Ackermann to Gerhard Erasmus, Flatter and quicker, around off. Gerhard Erasmus skips down and punches it to cover.
7.5
2
Colin Ackermann to Gerhard Erasmus, Fuller in length, around middle and leg. Gerhard Erasmus heaves it to deep square leg and takes a couple.
7.5
0
Colin Ackermann to Gerhard Erasmus, NO BALL! Oh, dear! Colin Ackermann hurls a beamer which goes over the keeper. Gerhard Erasmus lets it be. The batters run two. Free Hit coming up!
7.4
0
Colin Ackermann to Gerhard Erasmus, A tad short, outside off. Gerhard Erasmus taps it to backward point.
7.3
0
Colin Ackermann to Gerhard Erasmus, Tossed up, on middle. Gerhard Erasmus tucks it to mid-wicket.
7.2
0
Colin Ackermann to Gerhard Erasmus, Flatter ball, on middle. Gerhard Erasmus blocks it out.

Gerhard Erasmus is the new man in.

7.1
0
Colin Ackermann to Craig Williams, OUT! BOWLED! Colin Ackermann strikes now! Tossed up, around middle, turning in late. Craig Williams looks to sweep but he misses and the ball crashes onto his stumps.
6.6
1
Roelof van der Merwe to Craig Williams, Flatter ball, on off. Pushed past covers for one.
6.5
2
Roelof van der Merwe to Craig Williams, Darted on the pads. Craig Williams whips it wide of long on for a couple.
6.4
0
Roelof van der Merwe to Craig Williams, Shorter ball, on off. Craig Williams comes down the track and hits it to short cover.
6.3
2
Roelof van der Merwe to Craig Williams, Flatter ball, on off. Cut away to deep point for a couple.
6.2
1
Roelof van der Merwe to Stephan Baard, Flatter ball, on off. Stephan Baard plays the reverse sweep to short third man. The fielder dives and saves three runs for the team.

Roelof van der Merwe comes to bowl now.

6.1
0
Roelof van der Merwe to Stephan Baard, Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.
5.6
4
Logan van Beek to Craig Williams, FOUR! Cracking shot! Length ball, outside off. Craig Williams hits it past cover for a boundary. Namibia are 41/1 at the end of the Powerplay.
5.5
0
Logan van Beek to Craig Williams, Three dots in a row! Fuller and slower, around leg. Craig Williams backs away to heave it but misses.
5.4
0
Logan van Beek to Craig Williams, On a length, on off. Williams pushes it towards backward point.
5.3
0
Logan van Beek to Craig Williams, Short of a length, around off. Craig Williams punches it straight towards short cover.
5.2
1
Logan van Beek to Stephan Baard, Length ball, on the pads. Baard flicks it past square leg for one.
5.1
1
Logan van Beek to Craig Williams, Full ball, on off. Pushed to long off for one.
4.6
1
Fred Klaassen to Craig Williams, On a length, outside off. Cut away to deep point for one. Just 2 runs and a wicket from that over! This should put some pressure on the batters.
4.5
0
Fred Klaassen to Craig Williams, Short of a length, outside off. Craig Williams misses the drive.
4.4
0
Fred Klaassen to Craig Williams, Back of a length, on the pads. Craig Williams blocks it out.

Craig Williams walks out to bat.

4.3
0
Fred Klaassen to Zane Green, OUT! BOWLED! The Dutch get the first wicket and they needed this one! On a length, outside off. Green looks to heave it but gets the inside edge back onto the stumps.
4.2
0
Fred Klaassen to Zane Green, On a length, on off. Green looks to block it from the crease but gets hit on the pads.
4.1
1
Fred Klaassen to Stephan Baard, Length ball, on off. Baard taps it to short third man for a quick single.
3.6
4
Timm van der Gugten to Zane Green, FOUR! Green has hammered this! Length ball, way outside off. He dances down the track and hits it over mid off for a boundary. 10 from the over.
3.5
1
Timm van der Gugten to Stephan Baard, Length ball, on leg. Baard taps it to the leg side for one.
3.4
4
Timm van der Gugten to Stephan Baard, FOUR! Easy pickings for Baard! Full ball, on the pads. He flicks it nicely to the fine leg fence.
3.3
0
Timm van der Gugten to Stephan Baard, Length ball, on off. Baard is solid in his defence.
3.2
1
Timm van der Gugten to Zane Green, Full ball, on the pads. Green flicks it away for one.
3.1
0
Timm van der Gugten to Zane Green, Fuller ball, on off. Pushed to short cover.
2.6
4
Logan van Beek to Stephan Baard, FOUR! Nicely done! Length ball, around leg. Baard flicks it past square leg for a boundary.
2.5
0
Logan van Beek to Stephan Baard, A run out missed! Full ball, on off. Pushed to covers. Baard wants one but is sent back. He is halfway down the track. The fielder misses the shy at the keeper's end. Had he hit, Baard would have been walking back to the hut.
2.4
0
Logan van Beek to Stephan Baard, Length ball, on off. Blocked out.
2.3
2
Logan van Beek to Stephan Baard, Fuller ball, on off. Pushed past mid-wicket for a couple.
2.2
4
Logan van Beek to Stephan Baard, FOUR! Length ball, on off. Stephan Baard shuffles across and whips it past mid-wicket for a boundary.
2.1
0
Logan van Beek to Stephan Baard, Back of a length, around off. Stephan Baard defends it out to mid on.

Logan van Beek comes to bowl.

1.6
2
Colin Ackermann to Zane Green, Floated, down leg. Zane Green gets low and scoops it past the short fine leg fielder to collect a couple.
1.5
0
Colin Ackermann to Zane Green, Tossed up, on middle. Zane Green drives it to mid on.
1.4
0
Colin Ackermann to Zane Green, Tossed up, around leg. Zane Green looks to reverse-sweep but he misses and gets hit on the pads.
1.3
0
Colin Ackermann to Zane Green, Flatter ball, on off. Zane Green blocks it out.
1.2
4
Colin Ackermann to Zane Green, FOUR! Nicely done! Flatter ball, on middle. Zane Green plays the reverse-sweep past short third man. The ball races away for another boundary.
1.1
4
Colin Ackermann to Zane Green, FOUR! Top shot! Tossed up, on middle. Zane Green gets low and sweeps it over square leg for a boundary.

Who will bowl from the other end? Colin Ackermann it is.

0.6
0
Fred Klaassen to Stephan Baard, Full ball, outside off. Stephan Baard swings hard but misses.
0.5
0
Fred Klaassen to Stephan Baard, Good-length ball, outside off. Stephan Baard punches it to cover.
0.4
0
Fred Klaassen to Zane Green, Leg bye! An appeal for LBW but turned down! A full ball, angling in around leg. Zane Green misses his flick and gets hit low on his pad. The ball rolls away and the batters cross for a leg bye!
0.4
0
Fred Klaassen to Zane Green, Wide! Klaassen sprays down leg. Zane Green misses his flick. Wide called!
0.3
1
Fred Klaassen to Stephan Baard, Namibia and Stephan Baard are underway! Good-length ball, on off. Baard pushes it to mid off and takes a quick single.
0.2
0
Fred Klaassen to Stephan Baard, Good-length ball, around off. Stephan Baard pushes it to cover off the front foot.
0.1
0
Fred Klaassen to Stephan Baard, Full ball, outside off. Stephan Baard leaves it alone.