Source: Hindustan Times

T20 World Cup 2022: No one expected that the first match of the World Cup would be so much fun. Namibia beat the Asia Cup champion team, Sri Lanka, by 55 runs. Let’s have a look at this exciting match.

Sri Lanka vs Namibia
T20 World Cup 2022,1st Match: Sri Lanka vs Namibia HIGHLIGHTS. 2

On Sunday at Kardinia Park in Geelong, Australia, Sri Lanka won the toss and invited Namibia to bat first. In reply, the Namibian batsman scored 163 runs in 20 overs.

In the beginning, Namibia lost their three important wickets in powerplay overs, but after that, Jan Frylincks played a mature inning of 44 runs in 28 balls with a strike rate of 157. Unfortunately, he got run out by Kusal Mendis, but after that, Smit gave a good finish to his team, He scored 31 in just 16 balls, including two 4s and two long 6s. Finally, Namibia scored 163/7 in 20 overs.


In modern-day cricket, 164 is not a huge target, but unfortunately, Sri Lankan batsmen collided and lost all their wickets for just 108 runs in the 19th over. From Sri Lanka’s side, captain Dasun Shanaka scored the highest run of his side. He scored 29 runs in 23 balls.

Man of the Match – Jan Frylinck (44 runs in 28 balls).

Jan Frylinck said:

“Right now, I’m a little speechless. We exceeded our expectations with what we just accomplished. I’m just so excited right now. JJ simply entered the scene and removed some of the boundaries that were placing pressure on me. We reached a respectable total thanks to JJ and me, and the bowlers were amazing. It was a little bit two-paced, making it challenging to escape the fantastic lengths. Apart from that, it performed rather accurately, and you could simply hit it up. With the ball, we simply stayed to our game plan, made an effort to hit solid lengths, and let them make the errors. “

Srilanka Playing: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Pramod Madushan, Maheesh Theekshana

Namibia Playing: Michael van Lingen, Divan la Cock, Stephan Baard, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Gerhard Erasmus(c), Jan Frylinck, JJ Smit, David Wiese, Zane Green(w), Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo

After Match Both team’s Captain.

Dasun Shanaka said:

The playing surface was excellent, however, our ball handling was subpar. not bowled where it should have, which is a problem. We are typically out of the game after we lose three wickets during the powerplay. Plans should be straightforward; nothing unusual needs to be done. We have a strong team; the key is the procedure. In order to reach 160, we will need some partnerships. We need the No. 3 to do well and the openers to deliver. “

Gerhard Erasmus said:

Last year was a memorable one for us. We’ve had a wonderful tournament start, but there is still much more to be done. For us, today is a historic one. Although the first day has been fairly exceptional, we aim to move forward and earn a spot in the Super 12 stage. We are also aware of the wider picture. The way that Pierre (de Bruyn) has implemented coaching in this team, one with a winning culture and one that keeps together, deserves praise. I don’t think anyone else could run such a tight ship with the resources available.