In the 36th match of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Kane Williamson-led New Zealand National Cricket Team locked horns with Gerhard Erasmus-led Namibia National Cricket Team at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday, November 5.
Notably, New Zealand won the game by a huge margin of 52 runs.
New Zealand were entering the match with a victory in their last game against Scotland. Namibia, however, lost their previous encounter against the semifinalist Pakistan National Cricket Team.
Meanwhile, Namibia won the toss and they invited Kane Williamson and co. to bat first. The Blackcaps fielded the same XI but Namibia made two forced changes as Jan Frylinck and Shikongo were out and Birkenstock and Bernard Scholtz were added to the XI.
The decision to bowl first didn’t really favour Namibia in the beginning as Kiwi openers Daryl Mitchell and Martin Guptill started pretty good and they added 30 runs off 25 deliveries before Martin Guptill was dismissed by David Wiese in the first ball of the 5th over. Also opener Daryl Mitchell was sent back to the pavilion in the 7th over by Bernard Scholtz.
Then Kane Williamson and Devon Conway joined the forces and they were batting cautiously and New Zealand were at 62/2 in 10 overs. The Kiwi skipper Williamson was dismissed by Namibian skipper Gerhard Erasmus in the 13th over after adding 38 runs with Devon Conway. Conway also didn’t survive for long and was dismissed in the 14th over.
After that James Neesham and Glenn Phillips batted exceptionally well and helped New Zealand post 163 runs on the board. They scored 72 runs in the last 5 overs and had a 76 runs partnership off 36 balls. Phillips played the knock of 39 off 21 and Neesham scored 35 off 23 deliveries.
Chasing the target Michael van Lingen and Stephan Baard started slow scoring 6 runs in the first over of Tim Southee and 5 runs in the second over of Trent Boult. They slowly added 47 runs off 44 before James Neesham dismissed Michael van Lingen in the 8th over, opener Stephan Baard was also dismissed in the next over by Mitchell Santner. Skipper Gerhard Erasmus scored only 3 runs and Namibia were at 56/3 in 10 overs. Then David Wiese scored 16 and got out in the 15th over.
In the end, Namibia were able to score only 111 runs in 20 overs and Kane Williamson-led side won the game convincingly to increase their net run rate to 1.277.
T20 World Cup 2021: India vs Scotland
The 37th game of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 saw the battle between Virat Kohli-led India National Cricket Team and Kyle Coetzer-led Scotland National Cricket Team at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Notably, India showed pure dominance in the match and won the game by 8 wickets and 81 balls remaining.
The Indian team were heading into the match with a lot of momentum after the amazing victory over Afghanistan in the previous game. On the other hand, in their last game, Scotland gave a good fight to New Zealand National Cricket Team but lost the game by 16 runs.
Meanwhile, Indian skipper Virat Kohli luckily on his birthday won the toss and opted to bowl first, they made one change in the Playing XI as pacer Shardul Thakur was dropped and mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy was added to the team as the third spinner.
Jasprit Bumrah bowled the first over for India and George Munsey smashed a beautiful six in the last ball of the over. In the third over of the match and Jasprit Bumrah castled skipper Kyle Coetzer.
In the 4th over Munsey played some amazing reverse sweeps and smashed 3 back-to-back fours to Ravichandran Ashwin. However in the last over of the powerplay, Mohammed Shami dismissed Munsey at the score of 24.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja bowled an amazing 7th over and dismissed Richie Berrington and Matthew Cross. At the end of the 10 overs, Scotland were at 44/4.
After the drinks break, Mohammed Shami got smashed 13 runs in the 11th over of the match, then in the next over Ravindra Jadeja picked his third wicket by dismissing Michael Leask. Ravichandran Ashwin picked his first wicket of the match by dismissing Chris Greaves in the 14th over who scored only 1 off 7.
Mohammed Shami castled Calum MacLeod in the first ball of 17th over, in the second ball
Safyaan Sharif got run out on duck and Alasdair Evans was bamboozled in the 3rd ball. Jasprit Bumrah knocked over Mark Watt in the 18th over and Scotland were bundled at 85. Chasing the target Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were off to a flying start.
Indian opener added 70 off 30 deliveries before Rohit Sharma was dismissed in the 5th over after smashing 30 off 16. Meanwhile, Kl Rahul after smashing exceptional 50 runs off 19 deliveries was also sent back to the dugout in the 6th over. In the end, India were able to win their second game of the marquee tournament with Suryakumar Yadav smashing a six to finish off the match.
India, with a massive victory against Scotland, now have gone above New Zealand and Afghanistan’s NRR, They would hope for Afghanistan to beat New Zealand in line to stay on the race for Semi-finals.
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