Namibia v Canada, WCL, Windhoek

Viljoen, bowlers star for Namibia in low-scorer

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 12, 2012

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Namibia 154 (Viljoen 50*, Cheema 6-34) beat Canada 133 (Gordon 38, Burger 3-18, Williams 3-34) by 21 runs

Christi Viljoen drives during his 50, Namibia v Canada, ICC World Cricket League Championship, 24th match, Windhoek, April 12, 2012
Christi Viljoen made a crucial 50 © ICC/Helge Schutz
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A patient unbeaten by Christi Viljoen took Namibia to a modest 154, but it proved enough in the end as the bowlers combined to shut Canada out in a low-scorer at the Wanderers Cricket Ground. Sarel Burger and Craig Williams took three wickets apiece and led a combined bowling performance to bowl out Canada for 133.

It was a game dominated by the bowlers. Canada's Rizwan Cheema ran through the batting order to take 6 for 34. Namibia's Burger and Ian Opperman added 52 for the second wicket but that turned out to be the highest stand of the innings as the middle order collapsed to Cheema. Viljoen's unbeaten 50 included four fours and came off 88 balls. Cheema recorded his career-best figures to bowl out the hosts within 46 overs.

Canada got off to a rocky start in their chase, losing four wickets for 33. Jimmy Hansra and Tyson Gordon put Canada's chase on track with a stand of 60 for the fifth wicket. But Viljoen broke the stand when he had Hansra caught for 34. A double-strike by Bernard Scholtz, the left-arm spinner, left the visitors in deeper trouble at 98 for 7. Gordon and Rustam Bhatti gave Canada hope with a stand of 33, but Burger's three-wicket burst gave Namibia the match.

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