Cricket: How Namibia sealed one in all T20 World Cup’s greatest shocks

Namibia, ranked a lowly 19, reached the Super 12 spherical of the T20 World Cup second after surprising Ireland.

Namibia’s cricket group, ranked a lowly 19, reached the T20 World Cup second spherical for the primary time with a shocking eight-wicket win over Ireland.

They now go into the Super 12 stage the place they face former winners India and Pakistan, in addition to New Zealand, Afghanistan and Scotland.

Namibia coach Pierre de Bruyn revealed on Friday that his World Cup history-making group within the shortest Twenty20 format has been assembled with simply 18 gamers to select from within the nation.

“We are not an organisation with the luxury of a lot of resources around us,” mentioned de Bruyn. “I’ve got 18 players to pick from in my national squad and I know what they’ve put in for the last three years. It sounds like a cliche that the hard work has paid off, but it certainly did and I’m really ecstatic for the players.”

On Friday, Namibia chased down their modest 126 with skipper Gerhard Erasmus making an unbeaten 53.

“We are a small country, a small number of people play cricket. We should be proud of ourselves,” mentioned Erasmus.

Namibia completed behind Sri Lanka in Group A after the 2014 champions dismissed the Netherlands for simply 44, the second-lowest complete in match historical past, for an eight-wicket win.

Sri Lanka will probably be grouped with England, Australia, South Africa, defending champions West Indies and Bangladesh within the Super 12.

“We are ecstatic, I’ve got to remind myself what just happened out there, but it has happened to a really good group of people,” added de Bruyn. “It’s time for us to replicate and in addition get pleasure from this second, however we definitely didn’t come right here to go and lie down now.

“Facing India, Pakistan and New Zealand, these varieties of groups, goes to be a fantastic expertise for these gamers however we wish to be aggressive in no matter we do, with ball, bat and within the subject.

“The way we present ourselves, we are going to compete, and we are looking forward to that.”

Namibia’s captain Gerhard Erasmus and David Wiese, proper, rejoice their victory [Karim Sahib/AFP]

Erasmus hit three boundaries and a six in his 49-ball innings, whereas David Wiese, who performed for South Africa within the 2016 World Cup, was undefeated on 28.

“I count on my senior men to stand up when the pressure is on. And two of us did it tonight. Hopefully, we can do it through the tournament,” mentioned Erasmus who placed on 53 for the third wicket with Wiese.

Wiese smashed two sixes and a boundary in his 14-ball innings which was a whirlwind compared to Namibia’s sedate early progress.

As nicely as securing the final place within the Super 12 stage, Namibia are additionally assured a spot within the 2022 match in Australia.

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