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T20 World Cup 2024: Namibia edges out Oman in Super Over thriller

David Wiese’s all-round brilliance in the Super Over propelled Namibia to a thrilling win over Oman in their opening match of the T20 World Cup at the Kensington Oval on Monday.

Oman’s valiant fightback in the death overs fell short as Wiese’s heroic efforts with both bat and ball clinched the win for Namibia in a low-scoring nail-biter. Wiese smashed 13 runs in the Super Over and then bowled superbly, taking a wicket while defending 21 runs.

Despite holding Oman to a total of 109 runs in their allotted 20 overs, Namibia found themselves in a tight spot as the match ended in a tie, leading to the first Super Over in a men’s T20 World Cup encounter since 2012.

Defending a target of 110, Bilal Khan gave Oman a dream start by dismissing opener Michael van Lingen for a duck with the second ball of the innings. Although Nikolaas Davin and Jan Frylinck attempted to stabilize the innings, they struggled against the inconsistent bounce early on.

Namibia reached 32/1 at the end of the powerplay, with Oman’s skipper Aqib Ilyas deploying spinners and medium pacers to slow down the scoring. Despite frequent swings and misses, Davin and Frylinck managed to hold their ground, guiding Namibia to 32/1 by the end of the powerplay.

As runs became scarce, Davin broke the shackles by hitting Aqib for a six after seven consecutive dot balls. However, Aqib had his revenge on the very next delivery, having Davin caught by Mohammad Nadeem.

Oman’s disciplined spin duo of Aqib and Zeeshan Maqsood continued to restrict Namibia’s scoring in the middle overs. Namibia’s captain, Gerhard Erasmus, tried to keep the scoreboard ticking but found it difficult against tight bowling.

In a tense contest, Oman missed several crucial catches, but Maqsood eventually dismissed Erasmus for 13 in the 15th over, caught by Ayaan Khan. With the set Frylinck taking charge, Namibia managed to bring the asking rate under control with three overs remaining.

Mehran Khan bowled an excellent 18th over, conceding only four byes and claiming the wicket of JJ Smit. Wiese’s six in the 19th over brought the equation down to five runs needed off the final over.

Mehran, who had been economical in his first two overs, took two wickets in the first three balls of the last over, dismissing Frylinck and trapping Zane Green lbw for a duck. With two runs needed off the last ball, Wiese failed to connect, but a fumble by the wicketkeeper allowed the batsmen to steal a bye, taking the game to a Super Over.

 

In the Super Over, Wiese’s powerful hitting and precise bowling ensured Namibia emerged victorious, starting their T20 World Cup campaign on a high note.

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