The Netherlands defeated Namibia in the crucial T20 match today, and this was the second consecutive victory for the Dutch side in the ongoing tournament.
Geelong: Uncertainty always looms in cricket. Namibia, the minnows of cricket, caused a major upset in the opening encounter of the T20 World Cup, beating former world champion Sri Lanka quite easily. The same Namibian side lost to the Netherlands by five wickets today at Simonds Stadium, Geelong, in a low-scoring thriller.
Namibia won the toss and opted to bat first. The Netherlands bowlers were immaculate in their line and length and never allowed the African nation batters to accelerate their run rate. The Dutch restricted their opponents to 121 for 6 in the 20 overs. Jan Frylinck was the top scorer for his team, scoring 43 runs in 48 deliveries.
It was the turn of the batters of the oranje shirts to cross the meager total. The Namibian bowlers were completely accurate, but they were unable to take quick wickets in the middle overs. The match went into the wire. In the final over, the Netherlands needed six runs to win the crucial World Cup match. To keep the batting side at bay, Mohammad Shami-style bowling was required. The Netherlands batters kept cool and avoided the butterfly in the belly and scored the six runs in three deliveries to end the affair.
The top three batters of Holland scored 30 plus runs, which proved handy in the end to cross the winning total. Bas de Leede of the Netherlands was declared the player of the match for his all-round performance.
The Netherlands are sitting pretty high after winning both matches, but their next opponent will be Asian champion Sri Lanka.