January 26, 2003

Namibia lose one-day series to Bangladesh

Andrew Poolman

Namibia has lost the Alexander Forbes One Day International cricket series against Bangladesh after the visitors won the low-scoring fourth match by one wicket on Sunday.

Bangladesh lead the series by 3-1 with the fifth and final match to be played on Wednesday before both teams leave for South Africa on Saturday to contest the ICC World Cup.

Bangladesh won a close match by one wicket after bowling out Namibia for 131 in 45.3 overs. Jan-Berry Burger top-scored for Namibia with 31 runs from 63 balls, while Riaan Walters made 26 and Morné Karg 21. The Namibia innings contained only three fours and four sixes.

The touring side replied with 132 for nine off 37.3 overs. They also faltered at 57 for six before captain and Man of the Match Khaled Mashud steered them home with 44 runs off 71 balls.

Khaled was the ninth man to go, playing a Sarel Burger delivery onto his stumps with Bangladesh still needing two runs for victory. Number 10 batsman Mashrafe scored the winning two runs through midwicket.

For Namibia, Björn Kotze took three wickets for 28 runs in 10 overs, while Rudie van Vuuren took two for 43 off 10 overs. Medium pacer Sarel Burger took two for 30 runs in 9.3 overs.

For Bangladesh, Mohammad Rafique took 4/19 runs in 8.3 overs while Alok Kapali took 3/10 runs in eight overs.