Sri Lanka vs Namibia T20 World Cup highlights: Erasmus and Co. thrash Sri Lanka by 55 runs in tournament opener
Sri Lanka vs Namibia highlights: Gerhard Erasmus-led Namibia hammered Sri Lanka by 55 runs in the tournament opener of the ICC World T20 2022 at the Simonds Stadium.
Sri Lanka locked horns with Namibia in the opening match of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia on Sunday. Batting first in the World Cup opener, Jan Frylinck and JJ Smit played crucial knocks for Gerhard Erasmus' men as Namibia posted 163-7 in 20 overs. In reply, Sri Lanka suffered a shocking batting collapse as the Islanders folded for 108 in the 20-over contest. Frylinck was named the Player of the Match for his all-round heroics.
12:51 PM - All over! Namibia have outclassed Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup opener! A huge setback for Islanders, who entered the World Cup after winning the Asia Cup. Namibia have won the match by 55 runs. A massive win for the Gerhard Erasmus-led side.
12:42 PM - Who would have thought? The Asian champions are on verge of registering a shock defeat at the hands of Namibia. Karunaratne is out and Sri Lanka are 9 down in the 16th over. SL 95-9 after 16 overs.
12:30 PM - Namibia in the driving seat! Madushan is run out and Sri Lanka have lost its 8th wicket. SL 91-8 after 15 overs.
12:15 PM - A huge blow for the Islanders as Rajapaksa departs! Rajapaksa c Divan la Cock b Scholtz 20(21). Scholtz has bagged the match-altering wicket in the 11th over. SL 75-5 after 11 overs.
12:00 PM - Dasun Shanaka (12) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (17) have made sure that Sri Lanka recover from the early setback after the end of the powerplay. Frylinck leaks 9 runs in his 2nd over. SL 60-4 after 9 overs.
11:45 AM - Ben Shikongo has scalped two wickets in his 1st over. A horrible start to the run chase by the Islanders. The Namibia star has bowled a double-wicket maiden. SL 24/3 after 4.2 overs.
11:32 AM - OUT! Kusal Mendis departs as David Wiese strikes in his first over. SL 13-1 after 2 overs.
11:12 AM - What a comeback! Namibia were reduced to 76-4 inside 12 overs. Riding on Smit and Frylinck's quick-fire knocks, Erasmus and Co. have managed to set a challenging total of 163/7 against the 2022 Asian Cup winners. Frylinck (44) and Smit (31*) stitched a 69-run partnership off 34 balls.
11:05 AM - Pramod Madushan, what have you done! The Sri Lankan bowler leaked 19 runs in the 19th over. JJ Smit has taken the charge in the death overs. Smit has smashed 31 runs off just 15 balls. NAM 150-6 after 19 overs.
10:55 AM - Jan Frylinck is playing a crucial knock for Namibia. Frylinck has scored 31 off 22 balls. NAM 132-6 after 18 overs. Sri Lanka's Karunaratne leaked 16 runs in his last over.
10:45 AM - Gerhard Erasmus-led Namibia are hoping to set a respectable target for Sri Lanka in the World Cup opener. Wiese was handed a first-ball duck by Theekshana in the 15th over. NAM 95-6 after 15 overs.
10:32 AM - Baard has decided to put up a fight against the Sri Lankan bowlers. He moves to 23 off 20 balls as Namibia have bounce back quite remarkably. NAM 78-4 after 12 overs.
10:20 AM - OUT! Hasaranga has removed Erasmus. Jan Frylinck is the next batter in as Namibia have lost their 4th wicket in the 12th over. Erasmus c Gunathilaka b Hasaranga 20(24).
10:12 AM - A crucial partnership to recover from an awful start is all Namibia need right now. Erasmus and Baard have been watchful so far following the end of the 1st powerplay. NAM 56/3 after 9 overs.
10:00 AM - Gerhard Erasmus and Stephan Baard will need to stage a comeback for Namibia. Earlier, Chameera bagged a wicket on the second ball following his return to international cricket after an injury. NAM 43/3 after 6 overs.
9:45 AM - 3 overs gone, Namibia have reached 16/2. This time, it's Pramod Madushan with the wicket as he sends back Divan la Cock for a run-a ball 9.
9:35 AM - OUT! Sri Lanka strike early. Dushmantha Chameera out caught by Pramod Madushan. Timely breakthrough for the Lankans. Namibia 6/1 after 1.2 overs.
Namibia (Playing XI): Michael van Lingen, Divan la Cock, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Gerhard Erasmus(c), Jan Frylinck, JJ Smit, David Wiese, Stephan Baard, Zane Green(w), Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Pramod Madushan, Maheesh Theekshana