- Ireland scored 125 for 8 wickets
- Namibia reached Super 12 for the first time
- All-rounder David Weiss named man of the match
Namibia qualified for the Super 12s after beating Ireland by 8 wickets in their final Group A match of the first round of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after captain Gerhard Erasmus scored an unbeaten half-century from the bowlers.
Namibia’s team reached the Super 12 with Sri Lanka in Group A. Ireland’s team could only manage 125 runs for eight wickets due to the brilliant performance of the Namibian bowlers.
For Namibia, captain Gerhard Erasmus and David Weiss shared an unbeaten 53 off 31 balls for the third wicket to help the team win 126 for two in 18.3 overs. Weiss took the team to the Super 12 with a four.
Erasmus scored an unbeaten 53 off 49 balls with three fours and a six. With him, David Weiss scored an unbeaten 28 off 14 balls with one four and two sixes. Curtis Kaempfer took the wickets of both the Namibian openers. He first dismissed Craig Williams (15) in the sixth over and Jane Green (24) in the 14th over.
Earlier, the Namibian bowlers kept the pressure on the Ireland batsmen. For him, John Frylink was the most successful bowler, who took three wickets for 21 runs in four overs. Player of the match David Weiss dismissed two players for 22 runs while JJ Smit and Bernard Scheltz got a wicket each.
Apart from openers Paul Sterling (38) and Kevin O’Brien (25), only captain Andy Balbirnie (21) could reach double digits for Ireland. Sterling and O’Brien got off to a good start in the powerplay, adding 55 runs without losing a wicket.
In the eighth over, Bernard Scholtz gave Ireland the first blow by dismissing Sterling, who hit five fours and a six in 24 balls. Thus ended the partnership of 62 runs in 44 balls.
Kevin O’Brien also returned to the pavilion on the score of 67 in the next over, who was caught at deep square leg by a high off John Frylink. He hit two fours in his 24-ball innings. With this, Ireland’s score was 71 for two after 10 overs. After the dismissal of both the openers, the team’s run-rate started decreasing.
Skipper Balbirnie may have survived till the 17th over but the run could not contribute to increase the pace. He was dismissed leg before by Fryling, after which four players of the team were dismissed cheaply.