Anmol Pundir

Sri Lanka playing against Namibia in ICC T20 Cricket world cup to qualify for Super 12 won by 7 wickets, Lankans were chasing 97 runs in 20 overs and Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Avishka Fernando’s 74 runs stand helped Sri Lanka to get their target in 13.3 overs.

Theekshana earlier in the first innings took 3 wickets in 4 overs, restricting Namibia to 96.

Sri Lanka had won the toss and had invited Namibia to bat first on Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Karunaratne opened the bowling for Lankans and displayed his virtue of experience against Namibia batters. Namibia’s innings could never exploit the Lankan bowlers who were precise in hitting those hard lengths to them.

Namibia could only manage a 39 run stand for 3rd wicket between Craig Williams and skipper Erasmus.

Namibia batters struggled against Sri Lanka’s fast bowlers but spinners did most of the damage. Theekshana bagged three wickets, while Hasaranga and Lahiru Kumara bagged 2 wickets each.

Chasing 97 runs in 20 overs for Sri Lanka was seemed to be an easy chase for Lankans but Bernard Scholtz, Ruben Trumpelmann, and Smit struck early in their overs and Lankans were 26 for 3 in 5.1 overs. Namibia’s bowling lineup gave themselves a complete chance of defending 96 but Rajapaksa came on the pitch and took charge of the innings, Rajapaksa had some lofty drives in his book to play and made sure that Lankans do not go home without winning the match.

Avishka Fernando on the other side was a good company to Rajapaksa. Namibia after having those 3 early caps was nowhere near making a comeback.

Namibia captain Erasmus in a post-match presentation said, “Have to take the positives from what we can. Have to regroup for the two important games. Sri Lanka has a quality bowling attack and 96 onboard was definitely a below-par score for their batting.”

Sri Lanka after winning their first match is placed at top of the table ahead of Ireland, Netherlands, and Namibia. Sri Lanka will next play Ireland on October 20 at the same venue.

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