ICC Men's T20 WC'24: England Nears Super 8 Berth After Defeating Namibia


ICC Men's T20 WC'24: England Nears Super 8 Berth After Defeating Namibia
England kept their T20 World Cup hopes alive with a 41-run victory over Namibia (DLS method) in a rain-affected Group B match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Harry Brook's explosive 47 off 20 balls helped the defending champions post a competitive total. A rain delay in the middle of the innings reduced the match from its already shortened 11 overs per side to 10 overs per side, setting Namibia a revised DLS target of 127 runs to win.
After a lengthy rain delay, when play finally began, Jos Buttler was bowled out for a duck by Ruben Trumpelmann in the second over, and Phil Salt fell to David Wiese in the next, leaving England at 13/2. Then, Jonny Bairstow and Brook steadied the ship putting on a solid 56-run partnership before Bairstow was caught by wicketkeeper Zane Green off Bernard Scholtz.
Rain stopped play with England 82/3, and when they returned to the field Brook then got support from Moeen Ali (16) and later Liam Livingstone, who was run out in the final ball of the innings having faced four balls and scored 13. With a sizeable target to chase, Namibia's opener started strong with Michael van Lingen and Nikolaas Davin putting up a 44-run stand before Davin retired out at the end of the sixth over.
This brought Wiese to the crease, promoted up the order, where he smashed two sixes and a four off successive deliveries from Adil Rashid. However, England's bowlers did what was needed, restricting Namibia to 84/3. Brook played a crucial role, taking catches to dismiss van Lingen off Chris Jordan and Wiese off Jofra Archer in the final over, earning him the Player of the Match award.
Source: IANS