Match No.5 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 was played between Namibia and Nederlands on 18 October, Tuesday in Geelong.
Batting first Namibia scored 121 in the first at the loss of 6 wickets. Nederlands chased down the target in the last over with 5 wickets in hand. For Nederlands batter Bas de Leede scored 30 not out and also took 2 wickets with the ball.
Namibia won the toss and opted to bat first. But Namibia’s start to the innings was not ideal. They lost their opening Batter Divan la Cock in the second over only. The top order failed to perform and wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Their highest scorer was all-rounder Jan Frylinck with 43 runs in 48 balls. Namibia struggled with the bat throughout their innings and finished with a below-par score of 121 runs only.
For Nederlands, every bowler built pressure to churn out wickets regularly. Bas de Leede took 2 wickets. Tim Ackerman, Van der Merwe, van meekeren and Tim Pringle took 1 wicket each.
Coming into the chase Nederlands looked determined to register their 2nd consecutive win in the tournament. Their openers built a strong partnership of 59 runs. It looked halfway that they have sealed the game for Nederlands. But after the 14th over they suffered a mini-collapse where they lost 4 wickets in the span of 10 runs.
For Namibia, the bowlers did a fine job defending such a low score. JJ Smit took 2 wickets with an economy of 6. Jan Frylinck took 1 wicket and gave only 16 runs in the 4-over spell.
For All rounder efforts for his team, Bas de Leede was awarded the Player of the Match.
Nederlands with their 2nd consecutive win is now the table toppers of Group A with strong chances of qualification in the Super 12 Round.