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Namibia vs Australia, 24th Match, Group B at North Sound, T20 World Cup, Jun 11 2024 - Ball by Ball Commentary

24th Match, Group B (N), North Sound, June 11, 2024, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(5.4/20 ov, T:73) 74/1

Australia won by 9 wickets (with 86 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
Cricinfo's MVP
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11pm That brings us to the end of our coverage for this game. Hope you enjoyed it just as much as we loved bringing it to you. There is more T20 World Cup action lined up, with co-hosts USA taking on India in about eleven and a half hours from now. Do join us for that game too, but until then, this is goodbye from me (Shashwat), Ranjith, Vairavan and everyone else at ESPNcricinfo. Take care, folks!

Mitchell Marsh, Australia captain: I thought it was a great performance from our bowling team. It was a beautiful wicket, a bit of swing out there. A professional performance. Great to qualify for the Super Eight. We get really busy after the game against Scotland and we will try to manage (our workloads). Hopefully we can win that and then move into the Super Eight. (On Zampa) If you look at his career, over the past four or five years, he is probably our most important player, in our structure. He loves the big moment, the pressure and he is bowling beautifully at the moment. (How they are keeping themselves prepared) Probably having not as many beers as you had back in the day Haydos (laughs). We have our families here, and with the wind around, it is perfect (smiles).

Gerhard Erasmus, Namibia captain: (On what they learnt from tonight) That you cannot sit back against the best in the world - that is one thing we learnt tonight. The skill gap is there but you can sort of close that by fighting fire with fire. We did not do that tonight. A good side like Australia will expose you if you are not willing to mentally step up on this level on a particular day. The conditions were fair throughout the last two games and we could not play well enough according to those conditions.

Sampath tells me this is the second biggest victory in men's T20 World Cup history (by balls remaining), only behind Sri Lanka's nine-wicket win against the Netherlands in the 2014 edition.

Adam Zampa, Player of the Match: To get the win tonight and qualify for the Super Eights, that is a nice feeling. (On if he feels the ball is coming out well) Yes and no. I bowled a couple of pies tonight but in general, the ball feels like it is coming out well. Being encouraged to pick up wickets in the middle, particularly by the captain. (Challenge of bowling with the breeze) We experienced that in Barbados as well. We know on these wickets that is a challenge. We are happy, it is the first step in trying to take the trophy home but a long way to go (still).

10:40pm Well, that ended fairly quickly, didn't it? It took Australia all of 34 balls to hunt down Namibia's score and they now become the second team alongside South Africa to officially qualify for the next stage.

Warner blazed away while he was at the crease, with Head doing so once Warner was dismissed. Marsh also struck a couple of boundaries towards the end and this batting display was just as ruthless as their bowling performance.

Nothing much to really report from a Namibian POV. They simply did not have enough runs on the board and were blasted out of the water completely in the second innings. Not an evening they will look back upon fondly but they are not the first team to be at the hands of such a pasting from Australia, and they might not be the last either.

Brassell to Marsh, FOUR runs

that will be that! The Australia captain finishes it off with another supreme stroke, and Australia rampage to victory inside six overs! Length outside off. Marsh marches down the track menacingly and crunches it to mid off's left. Seals the deal, and Australia are now through to the Super Eight!

Just three runs needed now

Brassell to Marsh, SIX runs

fetch that! Slower ball that sits up to be hit outside off. Marsh has all the time in the world to clobber this over deep mid wicket!

Brassell to Marsh, FOUR runs

gorgeous! Marginally short outside off and Marsh is all over it. Gets on top of the bounce, gets his hands through the ball and creams it through point!

Brassell to Marsh, no run

hard length on middle and off. Marsh presses half forward and defends with a straight bat

Brassell to bowl the final over of the powerplay

end of over 513 runs
AUS: 60/1CRR: 12.00 RRR: 0.86 • Need 13 runs from 90b
Travis Head34 (17b 5x4 2x6)
Mitchell Marsh4 (5b 1x4)
Ruben Trumpelmann 2-0-19-0
Gerhard Erasmus 1-0-6-0
Trumpelmann to Head, no run

oh! Back-of-the-hand slower ball on a length on leg stump. Head tries to hit it into the ocean but only swats away a few flies

Trumpelmann to Head, FOUR runs

shot! Back of a length just outside off. Head rises with the bounce and crashes it on the up between extra cover and mid off!

Just 17 needed now. Australia have more than 15 overs to get it

Trumpelmann to Head, FOUR runs

four more! Back-of-the-hand slower ball that lands right in the slot on middle and leg. Head winds up and smacks it over mid on!

Trumpelmann to Head, FOUR runs

another boundary for Head! Dug into the track on middle and leg. Head stays leg side and that gives him the room he needs to ramp it over backward point!

Trumpelmann to Marsh, 1 leg bye

slower ball on a length on leg stump. Marsh will feel he missed out there. Swings at it and the ball trickles off the pads into the on side

Around the wicket now

Trumpelmann to Marsh, no run

off-pace and into the track outside off. Marsh hangs back and jabs it towards cover

end of over 46 runs
AUS: 47/1CRR: 11.75 RRR: 1.62 • Need 26 runs from 96b
Travis Head22 (13b 2x4 2x6)
Mitchell Marsh4 (3b 1x4)
Gerhard Erasmus 1-0-6-0
Ben Shikongo 1-0-19-0
Erasmus to Head, no run

fuller and flatter outside off. Head comes forward and pokes it towards cover. A very tidy over by the Namibian skipper

Erasmus to Head, no run

short outside off. Kisses the surface and bounces extra, going past Head's attempted cut

Erasmus to Head, no run

much fuller outside off. Head drives it down the ground to mid off

Erasmus to Head, no run

length on middle and leg. Head opts to stay back before playing it towards the bowler

Erasmus to Head, SIX runs

onto the grass banks! Not sure Head needed the breeze for this. It was a drag-down on middle and leg, Head rocked back and smoked it over cow corner!

Head, when hitting to the leg side, will be hitting with the wind

Erasmus to Head, no run

short and slanting into middle and leg. Head stabs it off the back foot towards mid on

Time for some spin. Erasmus brings himself on. Around the wicket to Head

end of over 319 runs
AUS: 41/1CRR: 13.66 RRR: 1.88 • Need 32 runs from 102b
Mitchell Marsh4 (3b 1x4)
Travis Head16 (7b 2x4 1x6)
Ben Shikongo 1-0-19-0
David Wiese 1-0-15-1
Shikongo to Marsh, FOUR runs

Marsh is off the mark too! Full outside off. Marsh shimmies down the track, gets close to the ball and lifts it nonchalantly over mid off!

Shikongo to Head, 1 run

shortish outside off. Head gets up on his toes and cuts it towards cover point, who misfields and ends up conceding a single

Back to over the wicket

Shikongo to Head, FOUR runs

four more! Half-tracker outside off and that is never going to trouble Head. He clears his front leg and swats it through mid wicket!

Shikongo to Head, SIX runs

up and over! Length just outside off. Head plants his front foot and goes through the line, pumping it flat over mid off!

Shikongo to Head, FOUR runs

lovely! Back of a length just outside off. Head waits for it, uses the pace and opens his bat face to steer it to short third man's left!

Around the wicket now

Shikongo to Head, no run

full delivery that finishes just outside off, after shaping away a great deal. Head pushes it down the ground

Shikongo into the attack. Over the wicket to Head

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Over 6 • AUS 74/1

Australia won by 9 wickets (with 86 balls remaining)
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