March 20, 2023

UAE Crush Namibia’s T20 World Cup Hopes

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As a result of Namibia’s loss to UAE, which is also an associate nation, by seven runs in the tense final qualifying game that was played in Geelong, the impressive run that Namibia had during the T20 World Cup has come to an end.

The underdog story of Namibia at the T20 World Cup has come to a tragic end. In a seven-run thriller, Namibia lost to a fellow associate member, the United Arab Emirates.

After causing an upset against a Test nation in their first game, Namibia needed to win their match against UAE in order to ensure that they would advance to the Super 12 stage of the competition.

But Namibia, who were chasing the United Arab Emirates’ score of 3-148, were left to rue a slow start under the lights at Geelong’s Kardinia Park on Thursday night and concluded with an overall score of 8-141.

Even the biggest eighth-wicket partnership in the history of the Twenty20 World Cup, which consisted of 70 runs between David Wiese and Ruben Trumpelmann, was not enough to send Namibia over the finish line.

The veteran Wiese scored 55 without showing any nerves, but he was eventually caught on the boundary at long-on, which put an end to Namibia’s ambitions.

Basil Hameed, an all-rounder for the UAE, backed up a key unbeaten 25 by opening the bowling and claiming figures of 2-17 to set up his team’s maiden win in the Twenty20 World Cup and demolish Namibia’s prospects.

Despite the fact that they won their opening match of the competition, Namibia did not advance to the next round of the competition, while the Netherlands did.

After their incredible victory over Sri Lanka, Namibia was defeated by the Netherlands by five wickets on Tuesday. However, if they had been victorious against the UAE, they would have been able to advance in the competition and eliminate the Netherlands from contention.

Muhammad Waseem, who opened for the UAE, got off to a blazing start in the match by smashing 50 runs off of 41 balls, including three enormous sixes.

Waseem and skipper Chundangapoyil Rizwan (43 not out) were key contributors to the United Arab Emirates reaching their highest total of the tournament.

Veteran fast Zahoor Khan followed up Hameed’s opening period with a savage cameo of 2-20 to further impair Namibia’s chances, with Wiese’s heroics not proving to be sufficient. Khan finished with 2-20.

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