By Anmol Pundir

Namibia keep their Super 12 hopes alive with a stunning win over the Netherlands by 6 wickets.

Namibia who recently got the status of ODI team in 2019 defeated the Netherlands by 6
wickets in world cup qualifiers. David Wiese stood out with his astonishing innings of 66 runs. Namibia chasing a total of 165 concluded the match in 19 overs.

Namibia won the toss at Sheikh Zayed Stadium and invited Netherlands to bat first. Netherlands were off to a good start as their openers rotated strike along with hitting boundaries, utilizing the powerplay.

Max O’Dowd and Myburgh had an opening stand of 42 runs before Myburgh departed after scoring a 17 off 16 balls, but O’Dowd had some different notions in mind and had
a 82 run partnership for 3rd wicket with Colin Ackerman.

Namibian bowlers were struggling to get a complimentary combination of right lengths and variations, and capitalizing on that Max O’Dowd got 70 runs off 56 balls.

Netherlands were able to post a total of 164 with wicketkeeper Scott Edwards finishing things scoring 21 runs off 11 balls.

Namibians were off to a decent start to add 34 runs for the first wicket but lost 3 quick wickets to get to a score of 52 runs for 3.

Namibia seemed to be in trouble but who knew things were going to be different for David Wiese, there was not a part of the ground where Wiese did not deliver the ball. He got 66 runs off 40 balls with 4 fours and 5 sixes.

Wiese with his fine balance and the steady head was hitting the ball in all parts of the ground. Skipper Erasmus had a key role to play with David, he got 32 runs off 22 balls and made the result of the match to be clear by the 17th over when Van der Gigten got Erasmus on the slower one.

Netherlands needed a miracle to happen if they wished to win the match which could not have been possible with Wiese having its eyes set at the pitch and van Beek getting things done in the 19th over.

Namibia after defeating Netherlands is 3rd on the points table. Namibia will next face Ireland on 22nd October.

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