NL vs Nam Highlights Today Wednesday, 20-10-2021 – 7th Match, First Round Group A, ICC Twenty/20 World Cup from Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Namibia won the toss, chose to bowl first.
Seelaar: Doesn’t really matter, but we would have bowled first too. Don’t dwell too much on the losses or losing those four wickets in four balls.
Erasmus: Teams chasing here have done well. We’ll take positives from a quality Sri Lankan side, we have to stay longer in the battler. The dew did play a role that day after the powerplay. We have one change: Michael van Lingen comes in for Pikky Ya France. It’s a tactical change.
Netherlands team: 1 Max O’Dowd, 2 Stephan Myburgh, 3 Bas de Leede, 4 Colin Ackermann, 5 Ryan ten Doeschate, 6 Scott Edwards (wk), 7 Roelof van der Merwe, 8 Pieter Seelaar (capt), 9 Logan van Beek, 10 Timm van der Gugten, 11 Fred Klaassen.
Namibia team: 1 Stephan Baard, 2 Zane Green (wk), 3 Craig Williams, 4 Gerhard Erasmus (capt), 5 David Wiese, 6 JJ Smit, 7 Michael van Lingen, 8 Jan Frylinck, 9 Loftie-Eaton, 10 Ruben Trumpelmann, 11 Bernard Scholtz.
Match Timings: 10:00 GMT | 14:00 Local
Umpires – Langton Rusere, Michael Gough
TV Umpires – Nitin Menon
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Paul Wilson
Match number – T20I no. 1327 – ICC T20 World Cup 2021 7th Match
Pretty good score, Max had a good start, and not losing too many wickets in the powerplay was good for us. Max batted extremely well, he’s an anchor. Everyone can bat around him and rotate the strike, Edwards batted extremely well to get us a good score. We had no specific plans against the spinners, Namibia bowled well in the beginning. It’s difficult to accelerate on this pitch especially on the longer side and when there’s not much pace on the ball.
Post Match Presentation.
“[Feels] awesome to be honest. It’s very hot out there and a lot of running. We were lucky to get a big over before the drinks break for momentum and then it was about picking the right balls. We tried to bat as well as we could. Means a lot to me, in a World Cup on the international stage is special and to put in a big performance for Namibia, I’m glad to get this opportunity to play international cricket.”
Namibia bowled well but not entirely great and we were worse. (Should he have continued bowling after his wicket maiden?) In hindsight, obviously, you take chances and we went for a couple of chances that didn’t go well. If Ireland beat Sri Lanka then there’s hope but otherwise, we go back with a performance that hasn’t been good enough.
Special moment in Cricket Namibia history, first win on the World Cup stage. We had to step up on the day and David batted really well. It was a decent surface, some bowled well seeing the dimensions of the field. We did well to an extent; we bowled and fielded well. We run quite a culture in a small cricketing nation, from the administration to managerial set-up and this is payback for them.