Netherlands beat Namibia to edge closer to T20 World Cup main stage
Bas de Leede gave the Netherlands a chance to qualify for the main stage of the T20 World Cup by beating Namibia in Geelong.
The all-rounder took two wickets and then secured the winning runs by securing a five-wicket win in another final final.
The Dutch will have to face Sri Lanka in their last game. With two wins so far, even a narrow defeat in this game could be enough to see them through – while rain is also forecast for that day.
Namibia had dominated their opening game of the competition two days earlier, shocking Asian Cup champions Sri Lanka.
Immediately after that, Gerhard Erasmus, their captain, said it had been “a massive event in our lives” but that the celebrations should be muted as they still had work to do to qualify.
And yet, when they returned to Kardinia Park two days later, they looked like they had bingeed the day, given their sluggish performance against the Dutch.
Namibia had been the only team to score freely on this ground on the first day. Each of the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands and mighty Sri Lanka had found hard-to-find spots.
Namibians caught the virus this time around. They managed just six boundaries, plus a single six from Jan Frylinck, who had the highest score with 43 of 48 balls, in their innings.
The fact that the Netherlands failed to break through the Namibian batting line-up seemed to work in their favour. JJ Smit and David Wiese – known as Namibia’s ‘Bomb Squad’ because of their punching power – faced just nine balls between them at the end of innings.
Just as they had secured victory two days earlier against the United Arab Emirates, Bas de Leede, Tim Pringle and Paul van Meekeren were ball-savvy for the Dutch. They helped limit Namibia to 121 for six.
Vikramjit Singh might have felt he owed the Dutch a few points, given he let two bad pitches slip away in their on-court effort (after losing a hold against United Arab Emirates in the opener) .
He certainly took to bat like he had a point to prove. The left-handed fly-half responded to a flyer.
His 39 included back-to-back sixes that ended up on the second tier of the wicket’s running spot.
The Netherlands were well ahead of the game with Vikramjit at the wicket. They had reached 59 for no loss in under nine overs before he hit a short ball from Bernard Scholtz to Stephan Baard on the boundary.
From then on the score was again tricky and Namibia applied deft pressure.
Frylinck returned handsome numbers of one for 16 of his four overs, which included a maiden. Smit had two for 24 of his.
De Leede, however, fired a perfectly timed un-eliminated 30 and guided his side to victory with a four and then a two in the final over.
Updated: October 18, 2022, 07:37