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T20 World Cup: Wiese's fifty powers Namibia to 6-wicket win over Netherlands

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Abu Dhabi, Oct 20 (IANS) David Wiese’s unbeaten fifty (66 not out off 40 balls) powered Namibia to a six-wicket win over Netherlands in the 7th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, here on Wednesday.

Opener Max O’Dowd’s second half-century of the tournament helped Netherlands post 164/4 in 20 overs.

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Chasing a challenging target for victory, Namibia had a good start, scoring 41-1 in the powerplay. However, the loss of three wickets in the first 10 overs with 68 on the board has left the middle order with plenty to do.

From there on, David Wiese, Gerhard Erasmus (32 off 22) and JJ Smit (14 not out off 8) played vital knocks and led Namibia to six wickets win over Netherlands.

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This was the first win of the tournament for Namibia while Netherlands’ campaign is in tatters after two losses in as many games.

Brief scores:

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Netherlands: 164/4 in 20 overs (Max O’Dowd 70 off 56, Ackermann 35 off 32; Jan Frylinck 2/36) lost to Namibia 166-4 in 19 Overs (David Wiese 66 not out off 40), Gerhard Erasmus 32 off 22; Fred Klaassen 1/14).

–IANS

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