T20 World Cup 2021, NAM vs IRE (Qualifier 11): Namibia upsets Ireland by 8 wickets to seal Super 12s berth
On Friday, Namibia came up with a phenomenal performance to tame Ireland by eight wickets in Group A's Qualifier 10 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in Sharjah, as it sealed its Super 12s berth.
It was a phenomenal performance from Namibia as it upset Ireland by eight wickets in Group A's Qualifier 10 of the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday. With this win, Namibia has sealed its place in the Super 12s, while Ireland has been knocked out.
Winning the toss, Irish skipper Andrew Balbirnie moved in with the same XI, while Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus made a change by bringing in Pikky Ya France for Baard. The Irish openers Paul Stirling (38) and Kevin O Brien (25) were off to a decent start, putting on 62 runs before the former departed to spinner Bernard Scholtz in the eight over, followed by the latter in the next over to Jan Frylinck, five runs later.
Meanwhile, Balbirnie (21) and Gareth Delany (9) put in a 28-run stand for the third wicket before the latter was dismissed by pacer David Weise in the 15th, followed by the former to Frylinck in the 17th, seven runs later. It was thereon when Ireland saw a total collapse, with every incoming batter getting dismissed for single figures, as the side could manage 125/8.
Namibia put six bowlers into the attack, with Frylinck claiming three, while he was also the most economical of all. In reply, Namibia lost Craig Williams (15) early to pacer Curtis Campher in the sixth over of the Powerplay, with 25 runs on the board. However, fellow opener Zane Green (24) and Erasmus (53*) contributed to a 48-run stand for the second wicket, thus strengthening Namibia's chase.
In the 14th over, Campher got rid of Green. However, it was a tide too late, as Namibia was already into the chase, especially with the skipper scoring his fifth T20I half-century. Along with David Wiese (28), who also struck a couple of massive sixes, Erasmus sealed the chase by eight wickets with nine balls to spare, while Namibia was assured of a Super 12s berth.
Ireland utilised six bowlers, with Campher the only one to attain success, while he was also good with his economy.
Brief scores: Ireland 125/8 (Stirling- 38; Frylinck- 3/21) lost to Namibia 126/2 in 18.3 overs (Erasmus- 53*; Campher- 2/14) by eight wickets.