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‘Asia ke sher, Namibia ke aage dher’- Namibia’s unexpected win over Sri Lanka in the World Cup-opener leaves Twitter buzzing

Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign has become even more difficult now.

Namibia Sri Lanka

The much-awaited 20-20 World Cup 2022 started with an extraordinary curtain-raiser match in which the Asia Cup 2022 winners were defeated by the minnow team in Namibia.

The qualifier between the Asian team and the African team was expected to go in Sri Lanka’s favour as the South Asian team were coming off a sensational win in the Asia Cup. Cricket fans however were treated with shocking results in the first match itself.

Sri Lanka started off on the front foot by choosing to bowl first following a toss win. The Namibia team got off to a poor start as they lost their first wicket at just six runs. Michael van Lingen was the first one to go from the Namibia side. The other opener Divan la Cock also failed to impress as he was removed by Pramod Madushan Liyanagamage in the third over.

The next two batters, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (20) and Stephan Baard (26) combined to add important runs to the Namibian scoreboard. It was the middle-order batter Jan Frylinck who played a quickfire knock of 44 off 28 to take the scoreline further. Nambia ended the innings with a flurry as JJ Smit hit 31 off of 16 balls to take Nambian to 163/7 in 20 overs.

The run chase did not start well for Sri Lanka who lost both of their openers at just  21 runs. Middle-order batters Bhanuka Rajapaksa (20) and Dasun Shanaka (29) held the innings for a while but could not take the team close to the target. Namibian bowling held the nerve in their first match with four bowlers taking two wickets each to subject the Asia Cup winners to just 108 runs.

With Dushmantha Chameera’s catch in the 19th over, Namibia scripted history and won their first-ever match in Australia. The minnow team has come up with a statement win in the World Cup and given a lot to think for the other teams who were thinking of an easy qualifier.

Let’s look at how Twitter reacted to Namibia’s thrilling win over Sri Lanka at the 20-20 World Cup.

 

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