Namibia v Nepal, Windhoek, 3rd day March 25, 2006

Namibia in strong position despite Das super six

Cricinfo staff

Namibia 272 (D Kotze 94, AJ Burger 43, Snyman 60) and 10 for 0 (AJ Burger 6*, Botha 2*) lead Nepal 143 by 139 runs

Namibia's bowlers gave their team a real chance to beat Nepal with a strong allround performance on the third day. But with the first day already lost to rain, when play begins on the fourth day, they will have to work quickly if they are to force a result. After bowling out Nepal for 143 in their first innings, Namibia now have a lead of 139 to take into the final day.

Things didn't begin so well for the home side at Windhoek after Deon Kotze failed to capitalise on his dominance of the day before. Starting the day on 90 not out, he stumbled six short of his century, edging through off Binod Das.

From there, Das ripped right through the Namibia tail to flatten them from a healthy 245 for 6 to an anaemic 272 all out. He did not stop till he had taken 6 for 80 from his 30.2 overs.

But Nepal's batsmen could not build on that good work. Namibia's bowlers could - they rattled through the line-up to knock them over for 143. All six bowlers who were used bagged at least a wicket each. Paresh Lohani and Kanishka Chaugai gave Nepal a decent platform, putting on 46 for the opening wicket but when they both fell in quick succession, the batting subsided.

JB Burger and Dawid Botha had time for a quick knock before the end and they emerged unscathed to take their team to 10 without loss, 139 runs ahead.