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Namibia defeated the Netherlands by six wickets, thanks to David Wiese's unbeaten 66.


At the T20 World Cup, Namibia defeated the Netherlands by six wickets.

With the victory, Namibia remained in the tournament.

Namibia was led by David Wiese’s unbeaten 66-run innings.

Namibia beat the Netherlands by six wickets on Wednesday to stay alive in the T20 World Cup. David Wiese top-scored with an unbeaten 66.

Namibia beat the Netherlands by six wickets on Wednesday to stay alive in the T20 World Cup. David Wiese top-scored with an unbeaten 66. Former South Africa international Wiese hit five sixes and four boundaries as Namibia chased down their target of 165 in sweltering Abu Dhabi, where temperatures soared to 36 degrees. It was Namibia’s first World Cup victory and kept their Super 12 dreams alive. They were beaten by seven wickets by 2014 champions Sri Lanka on Monday in their first game.

Man of the match Wiese gushed, saying, “It’s awesome.”.

“Becoming a part of a World Cup means a great deal to me. It’s an honor to play on the international stage for Namibia, and I hope to deliver a strong performance for my country.”

The Dutch will almost certainly be eliminated if they lose, as they did to Ireland in their opener by the same margin of seven wickets.

Even if they defeat Sri Lanka on Friday in their final Group A match, it may not be enough.

T20 World Cup participant Wiese (36), an all-rounder, gave Namibia the perfect start with a half-century off 29 balls.

His partnership with captain Gerhard Erasmus, who made 32 off 22 balls, saw them put on a third-wicket stand of 93.

Pieter Seelaar, the Dutch captain, employed seven bowlers in a last-ditch effort to stop the onslaught.

“It’s a special moment in the history of Cricket Namibia,” Erasmus said.

The Netherlands scored 164-4 after being put in to bat by Australia, with opener Max O’Dowd scoring his second successive half-century.

O’Dowd, who was born in New Zealand, batted almost the entire innings, scoring 70 runs off 56 balls, including one six and six boundaries.

After a knock of 51 in his team’s opening loss to Ireland, he was eventually run out off the third ball of the final over.

Colin Ackermann, the South African batsman, contributed significantly with the bat as well, smacking 35 off 32 deliveries for 35 runs.

The Dutch innings gained momentum thanks to Scott Edwards’ quickfire unbeaten 21 from 11 balls.

In Seelaar’s opinion, Namibia bowled well, not spectacularly so, but they were better than we were.

A win over Sri Lanka (later Wednesday) gives us hope, but we’ll return home disappointed with our performance so far.

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