The start of Namibia’s T20 World Cup campaign was just as expected. Pitted against Sri Lanka on Monday evening, they batted first and got bundled out for a mere 96 – a target the islanders got to inside 14 overs with seven wickets remaining.
Of their entire batting unit, only three batsmen contributed in double figures. In fact, if you take out Craig Williams’ 29 and captain Gerhard Erasmus’ 20, the other nine Namibian batsmen combined for just 47 runs between themselves.
After facing Sri Lanka, Namibia are supposed to get somewhat of a breather against the Dutch but that may not necessarily be the case as the European side can prove to be dangerous on their day.
Like Namibia, the Netherlands, too, were thrashed in their opening game of the campaign. Their victors were Ireland, against whom they folded for 106 – a target to which the Irish got to with ease.
For the Dutch, their opener named Max O’Dowd performed admirably, scoring 51 off 47 as wickets tumbled around him. He did not find any support whatsoever, other than captain Pieter Seelar’s 21 late in the innings, by which time all was almost over.
Truth be told, the Dutch were up against a better side in that game. Against Namibia, though, theirs will be the stronger unit.