In a thrilling contest which went down to the wire, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) defeated Namibia to knock them out of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022.
Chasing 149 for victory at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Namibia were almost out of the game after losing seven wickets for just 69, but their star-allrounder David Wiese yet again stood up and bailed his team out to take the contest to the last over.
Wiese stitched a stunning 70-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Ruben Trumpelmann and Namibia were looking set to pull off a thrilling victory. But with Wiese’s dismissal in the final over, Namibia lost the match by seven runs. Wiese had to depart after playing a brilliant knock of 55 from 36 deliveries.
Earlier, Muhammad Waseem powered UAE to a competitive 148/3 in their allotted 20 overs. The opening batter smashed a brilliant half-century, scoring 50 off 41 deliveries with the help of three sixes and a four.
Apart from Waseem, captain Chundangapoyil Rizwan (43 not out) and Basil Hameed (25 not out) chipped in with valuable contributions, making sure their side cross the 140-run mark.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
What a NAILBITER & what a fantastic day for PoM WASEEM pic.twitter.com/tENE7czLLP
— UAE Cricket Official (@EmiratesCricket) October 20, 2022
On one hand, happy for the Netherlands they have progressed. But you feel bad for especially Wiese. That was a a superlative hand.
I thought Zaheer and Waseem bowled really well by using some cross-seam. There was certainly some dew.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) October 20, 2022
The last few minutes of David Wiese on camera need to played out again with a suitable soundtrack. That incredible raw emotion of sport. Quite nothing like it #T20WorldCup
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) October 20, 2022
Oof. Brilliant effort at the death by UAE earns them the win but impossible not to feel for David Wiese after that innings. This week is kicking me in *all* the feels. #T20worldcup
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) October 20, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) October 20, 2022
Namibia twice in this tournament had to pull back in innings from the edge of a cliff. They managed it against Sri Lanka, but couldn't do it against UAE.
That tail should be given some sort of medal of honour from their government. They gave everything, with bat & ball.
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) October 20, 2022
Don't think Associate cricket has ever had a better advert than this week.
All teams have brought a lot – and won at least one game; no side has been undefeated; cricket has been cutthroat and of good quality.
It has been a great advert for the 20-team World Cup coming in 2024
— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) October 20, 2022
Netherlands have qualified for Super 12s and joined Pakistan’s Group. Their match against Pakistan will be on October 30 (Sunday) in Perth. #T20WorldCup
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) October 20, 2022
Feel for David Wiese, he fought from nowhere, this knock will be remembered forever.
Comeback strong, Wiese. pic.twitter.com/mjXqAJSvFV
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 20, 2022
Remarkable game. Narrative of this week in Geelong has been class, but Namibia battering the Asia Cup champions in the first game, then falling three metres short against UAE in the last, sums it up.
SL into Eng/NZ/Afg/Aus group, Netherlands into Ind/Pak/SA/Ban. #T20WorldCup
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) October 20, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 20, 2022
This is truly heartbreaking pictures – David Wiese gave his absolute best.
You played like a champ, Wiese!! ♥️ pic.twitter.com/orlY2pgEvf
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 20, 2022