Namibia kick off World Cup in style with famous upset

Namibia 163 for 7 (Frylinck 44, Smit 33 *, Madushan 2-37) beat Sri Lanka 108 (Shanaka 29, Wiese 2-16, Scholtz 2-18, Shikongo 2-22, Frylinck 2-26) by 55 runs

Jan Frylinck as well as JJ Smit blew up Namibia out of a hopeless scenario, after that their seamers cut their means via Sri Lanka’s batting order – Ben Shikongo taking 2 gates in 2 rounds inside the powerplay, while David Wiese as well as Frylinck additionally made vital developments.

In the long run, the suit had not been also shut. Sri Lanka, never ever having actually appeared in addition to the chase of 164, might not obtain a collaboration going – Bhanuka Rajapaksa as well as Dasun Shanaka rounding up the very best of their innings, with 34. Namibia’s bowlers maintained blending their speed on a slow-moving Geelong surface area that compensated speed off the sphere. Sri Lanka’s batters maintained holing out. They were ultimately full blast for 108 at the end of the 19th over.

Namibia, at the same time, had actually managed possibly the most significant distress in the background of their guys’s side. In the last T20 Globe Mug, they would certainly defeated Complete Participant Irelandto make it into the main draw This moment, they have actually removed the freshly-crowned Asia Cup champions, as well as a side that had actually won their last 5 succeeding T20Is.

Frylinck as well as Smit blaze their means via the fatality
If you’re searching for a transforming factor in the suit, this is it. Namibia were 93 for 6 with 34 rounds continuing to be in the innings. They appeared gone to an overall of much less than 140, offered exactly how rapidly gates were dropping, which their most reputed batters were currently out.

However this is when Frylinck as well as Smit placed on an amazing seventh-wicket stand. In the 16th over, Frylick blew up Dushmantha Chameera square on the legside for 4 to start their barrage. Next off over, Smit walloped Wanindu Hasaranga over deep midwicket. The runs came rapidly afterwards – Smit striking an additional 6 over deep midwicket, as Frylinck motored to 44 off 28, as well as he to a probably a lot more remarkable 31 not out off 16.

With Each Other, they had actually gained 70 run the last 34 rounds, as well as made their complete affordable.

Sri Lanka fail in the powerplay
Sri Lanka’s openers had actually been essential in their Asia Mug project, however below Kusal Mendis as well as Pathum Nissanka might not leave solitary numbers. Mendis was out initially, top-edging a Wiese distribution that he had actually attempted to draw in the 2nd over. Nissanka was the very first sufferer of Shikongo’s double-strike, falling short to clear mid-on with a lofted drive. Danushka Gunathilaka nicked the following sphere to the wicketkeeper, as well as Sri Lanka were 21 for 3. Their powerplay brought just 38.

The center order deciphers
The center order’s collapse was possibly a lot more significant. Complying With Shanaka as well as Rajapaksa’s quick effort at recuperation, the climbing called for price had Sri Lanka’s batters searching for limits. They stopped working abysmally, as Namibia’s bowlers utilized the sluggishness of the surface area to exceptional impact. In between the 10th as well as 17th overs (42 rounds), Sri Lanka shed 5 gates, as well as made 25 runs, striking absolutely no limits. As a matter of fact, in the entire batting card, just 4 batters handled to strike a limit.

Namibia’s seamers went over in this duration, however so was left-arm rewriter Bernard Scholtz, that took 2 for 18 from his 4 overs.

Prior to Namibia transformed it around
The very first 15 overs of this video game had actually gone as anticipated, approximately. Sri Lanka fielded well via the very first 3 quarters of their bowling innings – Dhananjaya de Silva taking a specifically excellent running catch at deep square leg at the end of the 14th over. As much as this factor, Sri Lanka’s rewriters had actually been extremely reliable, as well as their quicks were tough to rack up off – every participant of the assault having actually taken at the very least one arch, with Madushan having actually declared 2.

At the fatality, the quicks were much less remarkable.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka contributor. @afidelf

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