RESULT
4th Match, First Round Group A (N), Abu Dhabi, October 18, 2021, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(13.3/20 ov, T:97) 100/3

Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 39 balls remaining)

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Scorecard summary
Namibia 96/10(19.3 overs)
Sri Lanka 100/3(13.3 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
Maheesh TheekshanaSL44.83--03/252.8944.83
Bhanuka RajapaksaSL41.4542(27)42.8141.45--0
Lahiru KumaraSL35.34--02/91.4335.34
Chamika KarunaratneSL31.8--01/171.2131.8
Gerhard ErasmusNAM26.4720(19)23.4626.090/5-0.38

So, two point for Sri Lanka and a pretty healthy net run rate, given they won with 39 balls to spare. That's all from our side for this game. See you soon.

Dasun Shanaka: We were planning quite a lot. We want to get through this qualifying stage. All well went for us. Theekshana has been outstanding. He has been training with Ajantha Mendis back home and has a lot more to offer in the future. Our fast bowlers earlier had the pace but not the execution but going forward you can see a lot of good things. We talked with our master, Mahela, and realised batting top of the order, Avishka didn't have great numbers so we decided to bat him at No. 4. Winning all three games will definitely put us in a good state of mind, adjusting to conditions will help in the main tournament.

Gerhard Erasmus: We have to take the positives. We have to regroup as two very important games are coming up. I think Sri Lanka have a quality bowling attack. With 96 on the board, you have to say batsmen need to come to the party and I back our bowlers to defend. It's a pinnacle for many of the players and for the organisation as well. We can inspire a lot of kids by playing at the world stage.

Maheesh Theekshana is the Player of the Match for his 3 for 25. "I am really happy to represent the country," he says. "It's a huge moment for me as I am just 21. My stock ball is the offbreak. I would like to represent my country in more games but I plan game by game." A man of few words but plenty of tricks.

9.05pm A convincing win for Sri Lanka in the end despite early jolts. Their bowlers set it up by restricting Namibia to a mere 96. Sri Lanka had a wobbly start to their chase - they were 26 for 3 - but Rajapaksa and Avishka added 74 in 8.2 overs in an unbroken stand for the fourth wicket to see them home. Namibia tried eight bowlers but it didn't help much. A bit of thinking to do for them before their next game.

13.3
6
Frylinck to Rajapaksa, SIX runs

sealed with a six! Short of length once again and this time Rajapaksa pulls it over the deep square leg fielder, who puts in the jump but it just evades him

13.2
2
Frylinck to Rajapaksa, 2 runs

short of length, slower outside off, drags it towards deep square leg

13.1
1
Frylinck to Fernando, 1 run

fuller outside off, driven towards deep extra cover

Just six required now. Frylinck to bowl. Around the wicket

end of over 1311 runs
SL: 91/3CRR: 7.00 RRR: 0.85 • Need 6 from 42b
Avishka Fernando29 (27b 2x6)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa34 (25b 4x4 1x6)
Ruben Trumpelmann 3-0-27-1
David Wiese 2-0-11-0
12.6
1
Trumpelmann to Fernando, 1 run

fuller and wider outside off, slices it behind point. Wasn't in full control but gets a single to third man

12.5
1
Trumpelmann to Rajapaksa, 1 run

short of length outside off, pulled towards deep midwicket. Shouts of catch it but it lands well short of the incoming fielder

12.4
1
Trumpelmann to Fernando, 1 run

a bouncer from around the wicket. Pulls it towards midwicket for one more

12.3
1
Trumpelmann to Rajapaksa, 1 run

short, outside off, mistimes the pull towards midwicket

Back to over the wicket

12.2
1
Trumpelmann to Fernando, 1 run

short of length angling towards middle and leg. Tucked away towards square leg

Around the wicket

12.1
6
Trumpelmann to Fernando, SIX runs

fuller around off, Avishka gets low, almost on one knee and lofts it over mid-off. Just an extension of the arms and it carries all the way

end of over 127 runs
SL: 80/3CRR: 6.66 RRR: 2.12 • Need 17 from 48b
Bhanuka Rajapaksa32 (23b 4x4 1x6)
Avishka Fernando20 (23b 1x6)
David Wiese 2-0-11-0
Gerhard Erasmus 1-0-5-0
11.6
2
Wiese to Rajapaksa, 2 runs

fuller on the stumps, on-pace delivery this time. Lofted over the bowler's head. Not enough power behind it though. They get a couple before long-on picks it up

11.5
1
Wiese to Fernando, 1 run

length ball, an offcutter. Pushes it down the ground for a single

11.4
Wiese to Fernando, no run

fuller-length ball around off, comes forward and defends it towards covers. Was looking for a single but the fielder was quick to the ball

11.3
1
Wiese to Rajapaksa, 1 run

length ball on the pads, whipped towards deep-backward square leg

11.3
1w
Wiese to Rajapaksa, 1 wide

a slower bouncer. Rajapaksa ducks under it early. Called a wide for height

11.2
1
Wiese to Fernando, 1 run

short of length outside off, hits the shoulder of the bat and goes towards third man

11.1
1
Wiese to Rajapaksa, 1 run

down the track, converts it into a half-volley but mistimes it towards long-on. All along the ground

Van Buunge: "Someone needs to do a Campher for Namibia..."

Wiese is back for his second over

end of over 115 runs
SL: 73/3CRR: 6.63 RRR: 2.66 • Need 24 from 54b
Bhanuka Rajapaksa28 (20b 4x4 1x6)
Avishka Fernando18 (20b 1x6)
Gerhard Erasmus 1-0-5-0
Jan Frylinck 1-0-8-0
10.6
1
Erasmus to Rajapaksa, 1 run

round arm once again. Pushes it towards covers and sets off for a quick single

10.5
1
Erasmus to Fernando, 1 run

tossed up around off, comes forward and punches it towards long-on

10.4
1
Erasmus to Rajapaksa, 1 run

fuller around off, drives it towards long-off

10.4
1w
Erasmus to Rajapaksa, 1 wide

length ball angling down the leg side. Misses the flick but that's a wide

Best performances - batters
PBB Rajapaksa
PBB Rajapaksa SL
42 runs (27)
4 fours2 sixes
Control
90%
Productive shot
slog shot
12 runs
0 four2 sixes
50011123110
WIA Fernando
WIA Fernando SL
30 runs (28)
0 four2 sixes
Control
86%
Productive shot
flick
8 runs
0 four1 six
30214857
Best performances - bowlers
M Theekshana
M Theekshana SL
O
4
M
0
R
25
W
3
ECO
6.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
CBRLS Kumara
CBRLS Kumara SL
O
3.3
M
0
R
9
W
2
ECO
2.57
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
Series
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Sri Lanka
Maheesh Theekshana
Match numberT20I no. 1313
Match days18 October 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
South Africa
Adrian Holdstock
Australia
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
Australia
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
South Africa
Marais Erasmus
Match Referee
Australia
David Boon
PointsSri Lanka 2, Namibia 0
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
SL 100%
NAMSL
100%50%100%NAM InningsSL Innings

Over 14 • SL 100/3

Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 39 balls remaining)
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