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ICC Men’s World Cup 2022: Namibia beats Sri Lanka in opening match, THIS all-rounder steals the show

New Delhi: The first match of the T20 World Cup was played between Sri Lanka and Namibia. In this match, the 2014 World Cup champion and Asia Cup 2022 winner Sri Lanka was defeated by Namibia. Sri Lanka won the toss in the match and decided to bowl. Batting first, Namibia set Sri Lanka a target of 164 runs, in response Sri Lanka could only score 108 runs and lost by 56 runs.

John Freelink showed strength in bowling after batting

Chasing a total of 164 runs, Sri Lanka’s team dropped the wickets of opener Kushal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka and Danushka Gunathilaka in the very beginning. By the time of 10 overs, half the team was back towards the pavilion, after which captain Dasun Shanaka scored 29 runs but could not win the team.

On the other hand, Jan Frylinck, who showed strength in batting for Namibia, also showed an edge in the bowling and took 2 wickets. At the same time, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo and David Weiss also took two wickets each.

Namibia lost wickets at the start, Frylinck came to rescue

Batting first in the qualifying match, Namibia’s team lost 3 big wickets in the first 5 overs. In these, Michael van Lingen got out after scoring just 5 runs, Dewan La Cock scored 9 runs, while Jan Nicol left after scoring 20 runs. After which captain Gerrard Erasmus and Stephen Bard took over.

Jan Frylinck played a quick innings

At the same time, after the captain’s wicket fell on the crease, Jan Frylinck played a quick innings. He scored 44 runs in 28 balls and played at a strike rate of more than 150 and took the team to this huge score. Pramod Madhushan took two wickets for Sri Lanka.

Here is the playing XI

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nisanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Dasun Shanaka (c), Vanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chamira, Dilshan Madushanka, Mahesh Thekshana.

Namibia (Playing XI): Stephen Bard, David Wiese, Gerhard Erasmus (C), John Nicole Lofty-Eaton, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Jane Green (WK), Dewan La Kock, Michael van Lingen, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo

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