Match Report
T20 WC: Namibia Script History By Qualifying For Super 12 As They Beat Ireland, Twitter Reacts
By Aditya Pratap - Oct 22, 2021 7:31 pm
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Ireland and Namibia are locking horns in a virtual knock-out match in the T20 World Cup 2021 in Sharjah. The winner of this game will advance to the Super 12 stage of the tournament while the loser will go home.

Namibia players in jubilation

Ireland won the toss and opted to bat first. Paul Stirling and Kevin Oโ€™Brien gave a good start to Ireland in the powerplay and proved captain Andrew Balbirnieโ€™s decision right.

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Both Irish openers were going berserk inside the powerplay and scored 55 runs without allowing Namibia to make any breakthrough. Stirling got out for 38 to Bernard Scholtz but by then Ireland had scored 62. One brought two as Oโ€™Brien also got out in no time.

Balbirnie kept one end tight but the wickets kept falling from the other end. He couldnโ€™t get any assistance from any of his teammates. Ireland scored just 63 runs in the last 13 overs of their innings and lost seven wickets. On contrary, they looted 55 runs in the powerplay.

Balbirnie scored 21 runs in 28 balls as Ireland scored 125/8 in 20 overs.

In response, Namibia got off to a slow and cautious start in its pursuit of history. Craig Williams and Zane Green scored 25 runs for the opening wicket while only 27 runs came in the powerplay. Williams got out for 15 to Curtis Campher. Green scored 24 runs in 32 balls before Campher dismissed him as well.

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Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus was calm at the other end while holding things together. He found a good ally in David Wiese as the duo scored unbeaten 53 runs for the third wicket. Erasmus scored his fifty and remained unbeaten on 53 to guide Namibia home with eight wickets in hand and nine balls to spare.

They made history by qualifying for the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup 2021. This will be their first appearance at this stage of the tournament. They will join India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, New Zealand and Scotland, the other qualified team, in group 2.

See how Twitter reacted to this monumental achievement of Namibia;