David Wiese might have fought like a lone warrior, but he alone couldn’t take his country, Namibia, further in the T20 World Cup 2022. In a tight clash, Namibia almost shattered the hopes of the Dutch, who were desperately praying for UAE’s win to keep their World Cup hopes alive. In the end, the Group stage’s 10th clash saw Namibia’s exit and Sri Lanka, and the Netherlands confirmed their green card for the Super 12.
UAE batters Muhammad Waseem and CP Rizwan were the stars when their knock took the team’s total to 148/3 in 20 overs. Wiese, who smashed three fours and three sixes to score 55 runs off 36 balls just needed two-three balls to ensure Namibia’s victory.
But it was all emotional for Wiese when he lost his wicket on the fourth ball of the penultimate over off Muhammad Waseem. Waseem delivered a full one outside off. Wiese got under it and lofted it towards long on. It could have been a match-winning six but to the horror of Wiese, Alishan Sharafu in the deep caught a sharp catch to end Namibia’s hopes.
Of the other Namibian batters, skipper Gerhard Erasmus added 16 runs off 18 balls, while Jan Frylinck scored 14 runs off 17 balls. Ruben Trumpelmann played an unbeaten 25 runs off 14 balls. Their efforts had gone in vain, and they eventually lost the match by seven runs.
“First of all, I would like to thank almighty Allah. It is a great moment for UAE Cricket, the first-ever victory in a World Cup. So I’m really grateful. I would first of all like to thank our coach, Robin [Singh] sir, and our management who kept belief in us. We were doing it in patches but it was just a matter of time. Today all departments clicked so I’m really happy for the win,” UAE skipper CP Rizwan said after the match.
“It will build momentum going forward for UAE Cricket. We want to grow on this and show world cricket that we are here not just to compete but to make an impact,” Rizwan added.
Gouri Das is a cricket writer at FirstSportz. Despite always being a sporty kid, she disliked being inactive in one place for a long time to watch a match. But after the Ind vs Pak match of the 2016 Asia Cup, she rather got glued to the TV screen. That year she watched the major cricket tournaments, WWE matches, and the Olympics (especially Usain Bolt's races). After reading about the big names in tennis and becoming an ardent follower, she dreams of visiting Wimbledon one day.
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