David Wiese slammed an unbeaten 66 as Namibia kept their qualification’s hopes alive at the T20 World Cup 2021 on Wednesday with a six-wicket win over the Netherlands.
The former South Africa international Wiese hit 5 sixes and 4 four as Namibia chased down the target of 165 runs with six balls to spare. It was Namibia’s first ever win in a World Cup game and they will now look to beat Ireland to qualify for the Super-12 stage.
Earlier, opening batter Max O’Dowd (70) struck his second consecutive half-century and shared a 82-run stand for the third wicket with Colin Ackermann (35) to help the Netherlands post a competitive total (164/4) after being asked to bat first.
“It’s [the victory] awesome,” said Man of the match Wiese.
“It means a lot to me to be in a World Cup. To be on the international stage is special and to put in a big performance for Namibia. I’m glad to get this opportunity to play international cricket,” he added.
Brief scores: Netherlands 164/4 in 20 overs (Max O’Dowd 70, Colin Ackermann 35; Jan Frylinck 2-36) lost to Namibia 166/4 in 19 overs (Gerhard Erasmus 32, David Wiese 66 not out) by 6 wickets.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) October 20, 2021
I really really feel for the @KNCBcricket boys.
They will clearly be gutted.
Magnificent batting from Weise and Erasmus. Just too good today.
Well done @CricketNamibia1
— Peter Borren (@dutchiepdb) October 20, 2021
David Wiese is another one of a very long list of players who could have been selected in #SAF squad for the World Cup who wasn't. There are shades of the #WI in how a lot of SA players are progressing on the franchise circuit – only while CWI pick theirs; CSA don't. #T20WorldCup
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) October 20, 2021
Fantastic win for Namibia. Masterminded by Wiese, that was *exactly* the sort of knock you want from him – controlled, classy, and still properly destructive. Still have plenty of work to get through but with more to come from Smit, they look in great shape now. #T20WorldCup
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) October 20, 2021
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 20, 2021
Namibia have stunned Netherlands . They will be battle up for second qualifying position with losers of next match . Sri Lanka vs Ireland #T20WorldCup
— Anjana Kaluarachchi (@Anjana_CT) October 20, 2021
— Harsh Goyal (@reHARSHal) October 20, 2021
Namibia have done it, they've defeated Netherlands. David Wiese scored a match winning fifty.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 20, 2021
Congrats to Namibia Cricket…
— Mohammad Ali Rplsc (@AliRplsc) October 20, 2021