Namibia pull off a shock victory over Sri Lanka in the opening of the T20 World Cup



The previous champions of Sri Lanka’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 campaign got off to a terrible start as they were defeated by tenacious Namibia by a score of 55 in Geelong.

On a lovely day at Kardinia Park on Sunday, Sri Lanka, who had unexpectedly won the Asian Cup, was expecting to create their first impression against the African partner team in front of thousands of eager spectators.

Instead, a year after making it into the Super 12 at the last T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, Namibia won their largest international match.

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Namibian David Wiese (left) salvaged two pieces of land from Sri Lanka [Martin Keep/AFP]

After being asked to bat first, left-handers Jan Frylinck and JJ Smit (31*) guided Namibia to 163-7 with a position at the seventh wicket of 69.

In the first of the team’s three first-round matches, Sri Lanka was eliminated for 108 from 19 overs, with David Wiese, Frylinck, Bernard Scholtz, and Ben Shikongo each getting two wickets.

“For us, it is a historic day. Although the first day was extremely exceptional, we aim to build on this and go to the Super 12 level. We also see the larger picture,” Namibian captain Gerhard Erasmus stated after the remarkable victory.

When skipper Dasun Shanaka was dismissed for 29, Sri Lanka was still behind 76 runs with three wickets remaining and their pursuit was practically finished.

“We’re generally out of the game if we lose three wickets in the power play,” Shanaka added. “The plans should be straightforward; nothing exceptional is required.” Our crew is strong; the issue is one of the procedures.

Dilshan Madushanka, a left-handed fast bowler who had to leave the game after tearing his quadriceps on a big hit, couldn’t help Sri Lanka get better.

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