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“First Game First Upset” – Namibia Stuns Sri Lanka In T20 World Cup Opener

“First Game First Upset” – Namibia Stuns Sri Lanka In T20 World Cup Opener
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Namibia created a huge upset as they defeated Asian Champions Sri Lanka in the opening match of the T20 World Cup played at Kardinia Park, Geelong on October 16. This was their first win over a top Test-playing nation.

Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and decided to field first. It was an ideal start for the Lankan Lions, picking up two early wickets and getting rid of Lingen and La Cock. Kusal Mendis took a sensational one-handed catch to dismiss Lofite Eaton leaving Namibia in trouble.

Captain Gerhard Erasmus and Baard steadied the ship for Namibia with 41 runs partnership. Lankan bowlers made a strong comeback to leave them in big trouble at 93 for 6. Jan Frylinck and JJ Smit changed the momentum of the innings with a brilliant counterattacking partnership. Both batters scored 68 runs from the last five overs helping Namibia recover to 163/7. Frylinck and Smit put on 70 runs for the seventh wicket.

Sri Lanka lost an early wicket to Kusal Mendis cheaply. Shikango stunned the Lankan team with two wickets of Nissanka caught at mid-on and then Danushka Gunathilka in quick succession to leave them in big trouble. At the end of the first six overs, SL struggled at 38/3.

Namibia bowlers created enough pressure on Lankan batters. Dasun Shanaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa steadied the ship with a steady partnership of 34 runs for the 5th wicket. Rajapaksa fell trying to hit a big shot caught by La Cock. They kept picking wickets at regular intervals and made life tough for Lankan batters.

The experienced David Wiese completed the formalities getting rid of Dushmanta Chameera caught by Erasmus to give Namibia a famous 55-run win. Namibia bowled out Lanka for just 108 runs in 19 overs.

Namibia played their best cricket in the opening match and hoping to see great performances in the next two matches against Netherlands and UAE.

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