5.32pm That’s all we have from this entertaining game, with Namibia placed third on the points table and we’re moments away from the Ireland-Sri Lanka game from the same group. Like Seelaar said, Netherlands will have their eyes on this game. Enjoy that one as well, for now it’s goodbye and good luck from Vishal, Peter and Thilak. Stay safe everyone.
Erasmus: 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 a payback for them.
Seelaar: 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
5.22pm Any guesses for the Player of the Match? David Wiese: “[Feels] awesome to be honest. It’s very hot out there and 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 international stage is special and to put in a big performance for Namibia, I’m glad to get this opportunity to play international cricket.”
Sampath tells me Namibia’s 165-run chase is the highest by any team in T20Is in Abu Dhabi. And the only way Netherlands can go through to the Super-12s from here is by defeating Sri Lanka by a decent margin and hope Ireland win their next two games (vs SL and Namibia).
5.16pm Namibia have stunned Netherlands, who are alive but with bleak chances in the World Cup. Smith and Wiese leap with joy, pump the air and give each other a massive hug. What a victory and what an innings from Wiese! He’s getting big handshakes, hugs and pats from team-mates and opposition alike. Namibia were down in the chase after the wicket maiden from Seelaar, and the equation was 100 from 60, but Namibia have done it in 54 itself, thanks to a poor over from van Beek which went on and on until Namibia finished it off. Some of the Netherlands players are looking in disbelief, some getting consolation from Namibia players