T20 World Cup 2022 is officially up and running with the qualifier rounds staring on Sunday. 2014 champions and current Asia Cup holders Sri Lanka took on Namibia in the first game of the tournament. The first match of the tournament was played at Geelong Stadium at Melbourne. Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl first with Charith Asalanka left out of the XI.
The story as it happened –
Sri Lanka who won the world cup in 2014 and were twice runners up in 2009 and 2012 have to qualify for the super 12. Sri Lanka had endured a bad 12 months because of which they had to play the qualifiers.
Sri Lankan run out has the Namibian batters in splits –
Jan Frylinck was heaving his bat towards the back end of the Namibia innings to frustrate the Sri Lankan bowlers. The last ball saw the left hander drive down the ground and scamper back for 2. The Sri Lankans pulled a “Dummy” where it seemed as if the ball was going to the bowlers end. The ball ended up at the hands of the wicket keeper Kusal Mendis who effected a run out to leave Jan Frylinck laughing.
Sri Lanka leave Namibia reeling –
Bowling first, Chameera made his comeback to the Lankan side after 4 months and got the first wicket of the day. Michael Van Lingen was out for 3 caught by Madushan. It was the turn of Divan La Cock to fall for 9 caught by Shanaka off Madushan.
Karunaratne then struck when he had Loftie- Eaton caught for 20 off 12 balls with four and 2 sixes. Baard and Erasmus added 41 before Erasmus was out for 20 falling to Hasaranga. Baard was soon out to Madushan for 26 before David Weise fell to Theekshana for a 1st ball duck. This had the Namibians reeling at 93 for 6 with more than 5 overs to go.
Frylinck and Smit help Namibia reach 163 –
Just when it seemed like a foregone conclusion, Jan Frylinck and Smit added 70 runs in 34 balls. The duo went after every Sri Lankan bowler and smacked them for fours and sixes. Frylinck scored 44 off 28 balls with 4 fours, while Smit scored 31 off 16 with 2 fours and 2 sixes to help Namibia reach 163 on the board.
Twitter reacts –
Cricket fans took to Twitter to react to the funny dismissal and you can read all the tweets below.
T20 CRICKET WORLD CUP— 🇬🇧🇺🇦 VWH Portsmouth | Solidarity with Ukraine (@VWHPortsmouth) October 16, 2022
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka vs 🇳🇦 Namibia
David Wiese (0 runs scored) 🦆
c K. Mendis b Maheesh
FALL OF WICKET
NAM 93 - 6
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Take a note for the reason ("less-standard" or "one-sided"), Associates are not given more opportunities in World Cups. #Namibia 163 vs Former #T20WorldCup Champions #SriLanka in the opening game, even if they lose (let's see to that). #NAMvsSL— Czarsportz Global - Associate Cricket World (@Emerging_96) October 16, 2022