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Sri Lanka vs Namibia, Match 4 Commentary, Live Updates

SL vs NAM, 2021 - T20 Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
100/3 (13.3/20)
96 (19.3/20)
Sri Lanka beat Namibia by 7 wickets
Right then! That is it from this match but the action in the T20 World Cup continues as we have two matches lined up in Group B for Tuesday 19th October 2021, Scotland will face Papua New Guinea at 2 pm Local (10 am GMT) and then Oman will face Bangladesh at 6 pm Local (2 pm GMT). Make sure you join us for that. Till then, take care and goodbye!
Dasun Shanaka, the winning skipper, says they planned a lot and they want to get through this stage. Talking about, Ruben Trumpelmann, he says that he has been outstanding for the past few months. Adds that earlier they had pacers but they did not execute well and now they can see good things for them. Says that winning all three games will give them a big boost as they know the conditions well.
Gerhard Erasmus, the losing skipper, says that they will look at the positives from this game and two very important games are coming up and if they carry on putting in the effort, they can win them. Mentions that Sri Lanka have a quality bowling attack and the batters have to come to the party in the next match. About Ruben Trumpelmann, he says that yes he is a quality bowler and believes he can continue to perform well. Also adds that this is a very big stage to put their brand of cricket out there and they will look to seize the opportunity.
Maheesh Theekshana, is the Man of the Match, he says that he is really happy to represent the country. Mentions that this is a huge moment for him. Tells that his plan is to take one game at a time. Informs that he was the man of the match last time as well and says it feels good to get the award again.
... TIME FOR THE PRESENTATION ...
Earlier in the day, a collective bowling performance saw Sri Lanka restrict Namibia to a timid score of 96. There were some early hiccups in the dugout of Sri Lanka but Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa showed good spirit and navigated their team to victory.
Namibia started brilliantly as they scalped 3 wickets inside the Powerplay. Wickets were a must in a low-chasing game and they did very well early on but eventually, failed to capitalize on it. They restricted Sri Lanka from scoring freely but also deteriorated in taking wickets. Still, they showed a good fight till the end but came second best in the contest. Gerhard Erasmus used 8 bowlers and tried his best to find a wicket but failed to do so.
The saying 'All is well that ends well' did really apply during the Lankan innings as they were 26 for 3 at one stage. None of their top order gave them a good start and they did look nervy at one stage but all thanks to Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who stitched a partnership of 74 and helped their team to cross the finish line.
Earlier Sri Lanka looked in a spot of bother but ultimately they chased it down pretty comfortably. Sri Lanka have started the qualifications round on a winning note and also gained a heavy net run rate success with it.
End Of The Over 13.3 : 100/3
9 Runs
  • 113.1
  • 213.2
  • 613.3
B. Rajapaksa
42 (27)
A. Fernando
30 (28)
J. Frylinck
1.3-0-17-0
13.3
6
Jan Frylinck To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
SIX! Bhanuka Rajapaksa finishes things off in style! A length ball, on the hips and Rajapaksa just picks it up and clears the fielder at the backward square leg fence for a maximum. SRI LANKA WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
13.2
2
Jan Frylinck To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Slower one, banged in around off stump. Bhanuka Rajapaksa pulls it behind square on the leg side. The fielder from deep mid-wicket gives chase and cuts it off. They get an easy two.
13.1
1
Jan Frylinck To Avishka Fernando
Fullish ball, outside off and driven nicely through cover for a single.
Jan Frylinck comes back on.
End Of The Over 13 : 91/3
11 Runs
  • 612.1
  • 112.2
  • 112.3
  • 112.4
  • 112.5
  • 112.6
A. Fernando
29 (27)
B. Rajapaksa
34 (25)
R. Trumpelmann
3-0-27-1
12.6
1
Ruben Trumpelmann To Avishka Fernando
Slower and fuller, outside off. Avishka Fernando carves it towards deep point for one. Just 6 needed now.
12.5
1
Ruben Trumpelmann To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Length ball, outside off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa smashes it to deep mid-wicket only for a single.
12.4
1
Ruben Trumpelmann To Avishka Fernando
Short again, on middle. Avishka Fernando pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
12.3
1
Ruben Trumpelmann To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Short of a length, outside off. Pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
12.2
1
Ruben Trumpelmann To Avishka Fernando
On middle, tucked on the leg side for a single this time.
12.1
6
Ruben Trumpelmann To Avishka Fernando
SIX! WHOA! Fullish, on middle. Avishka Fernando goes down on one knee and lifts it over long off for a biggie.
Ruben Trumpelmann (2-0-16-1) is brought into the attack.
End Of The Over 12 : 80/3
7 Runs
  • 111.1
  • 111.2
  • 1 WD11.3
  • 111.3
  • 011.4
  • 111.5
  • 211.6
B. Rajapaksa
32 (23)
A. Fernando
20 (23)
D. Wiese
2-0-11-0
11.6
2
David Wiese To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Fuller in length, on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa chips it over the bowler's head towards long on for a couple of runs. 17 needed from 48 balls.
11.5
1
David Wiese To Avishka Fernando
Slower ball, on middle, angling in. Avishka Fernando knocks it to mid on for a single.
11.4
0
David Wiese To Avishka Fernando
On a good length, on off. Avishka Fernando pushes it towards covers.
11.3
1
David Wiese To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
On the pads, clipped to deep square leg for one.
11.3
wd
David Wiese To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
WIDE! Short ball, on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa ducks underneath. Wide signalled for height. The 50-run partnership also comes up for these two.
11.2
1
David Wiese To Avishka Fernando
On a length, on off. Avishka Fernando guides it to deep backward point for a single.
11.1
1
David Wiese To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Full and on off, Bhanuka Rajapaksa works it down to long on for a single.
David Wiese (1-0-4-0) is back into the attack.
End Of The Over 11 : 73/3
5 Runs
  • 010.1
  • 110.2
  • 010.3
  • 1 WD10.4
  • 110.4
  • 110.5
  • 110.6
B. Rajapaksa
28 (20)
A. Fernando
18 (20)
G. Erasmus
1-0-5-0
10.6
1
Gerhard Erasmus To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Flatter ball, on off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa retains the strike by tapping towards covers for a single.
10.5
1
Gerhard Erasmus To Avishka Fernando
Slower through the air, outside off. Avishka Fernando nudges it to long on for a run.
10.4
1
Gerhard Erasmus To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Full and on middle, pushed towards extra cover for a single.
10.4
wd
Gerhard Erasmus To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
WIDE! Sprays this one down the leg side, Bhanuka Rajapaksa looks to flick but misses. Wided.
10.3
0
Gerhard Erasmus To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Loopy ball, outside off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa looks to lift it over covers but gets beaten on the outside edge.
10.2
1
Gerhard Erasmus To Avishka Fernando
A low full toss, outside off. Avishka Fernando eases it down to long on for one.
10.1
0
Gerhard Erasmus To Avishka Fernando
Outside off, dabbed to short third man.
DRINKS! Sri Lanka faltered a bit in the Powerplay as they lost 3 wickets but Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa have ensured that there are no further hiccups and they look to be in pole position to wrap this one up. Namibia have bowled really well but there aren't enough runs to defend. Also, Gerhard Erasmus is into the attack.
End Of The Over 10 : 68/3
8 Runs
  • 09.1
  • 49.2
  • 09.3
  • 49.4
  • 09.5
  • 09.6
B. Rajapaksa
26 (17)
A. Fernando
16 (17)
J. Frylinck
1-0-8-0
9.6
0
Jan Frylinck To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Around off, pushed to mid off. 29 needed in 60 balls.
9.5
0
Jan Frylinck To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Slower short ball, on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa sits under it.
9.4
4
Jan Frylinck To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
FOUR! Crunched! Full and outside off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa smashes it through covers for a boundary.
9.3
0
Jan Frylinck To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
On a length, on off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa bunts it to point.
9.2
4
Jan Frylinck To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
DROPPED AND FOUR! Short in length, on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa pulls it late and towards deep backward square leg. The fielder there spills it out and also palms it to the ropes for a boundary.
9.1
0
Jan Frylinck To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Fuller and on off, defended on the off side.
Jan Frylinck is brought into the attack for the first time today.
End Of The Over 9 : 60/3
10 Runs
  • 08.1
  • 28.2
  • 18.3
  • 68.4
  • 18.5
  • 08.6
A. Fernando
16 (17)
B. Rajapaksa
18 (11)
B. Scholtz
3-0-16-1
8.6
0
Bernard Scholtz To Avishka Fernando
On middle, defended back to the bowler. 37 runs needed in 66 balls.
8.5
1
Bernard Scholtz To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Bhanuka again goes for the heave and Scholtz sees it and serves it very full and outside off, dabbed to point for a single.
8.4
6
Bernard Scholtz To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
SIX! THUMPED! Full and on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa skips down and heaves it over mid-wicket for a biggie.
8.3
1
Bernard Scholtz To Avishka Fernando
This one stays low, full and on middle, driven through covers for one.
8.2
2
Bernard Scholtz To Avishka Fernando
Slight short and on off. Avishka Fernando slaps it through point for a brace.
8.1
0
Bernard Scholtz To Avishka Fernando
Angles it on middle, pushed to covers.
Bernard Scholtz (2-0-6-1) is back into the attack.
End Of The Over 8 : 50/3
7 Runs
  • 17.1
  • 47.2
  • 07.3
  • 17.4
  • 07.5
  • 17.6
A. Fernando
13 (13)
B. Rajapaksa
11 (9)
Nicol Loftie
1-0-7-0
7.6
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton To Avishka Fernando
A fulll toss, on middle, Avishka Fernando plays it to long off for a single. 50 comes up for Sri Lanka.
7.5
0
Nicol Loftie-Eaton To Avishka Fernando
Floats it up, on middle. Avishka Fernando presses forward and defends it back to the bowler.
7.4
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Slightly short, on middle. Pulled to deep square leg for a run.
7.3
0
Nicol Loftie-Eaton To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
On off and Rajapaksa can't find the gap on the off side.
7.2
4
Nicol Loftie-Eaton To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
FOUR! Nicely tossed up, outside off and Bhanuka Rajapaksa plays a lovely lofted shot over covers. He finds the vacant extra cover fence and picks up a boundary.
7.1
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton To Avishka Fernando
Flatter delivery, around off. Avishka Fernando turns it through mid-wicket for a single.
Nicol Loftie-Eaton is into the attack.
End Of The Over 7 : 43/3
6 Runs
  • 06.1
  • 06.2
  • 06.3
  • 46.4
  • 16.5
  • 16.6
A. Fernando
11 (10)
B. Rajapaksa
6 (6)
Ya France
1-0-6-0
6.6
1
Pikky Ya France To Avishka Fernando
Full, outside off. Nudged to mid-wicket for a single.
6.5
1
Pikky Ya France To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Drifting it on middle, flicked through square leg for one.
6.4
4
Pikky Ya France To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
FOUR! Floats it up, on leg. Bhanuka Rajapaksa this time connects well and sweeps it towards the fine leg region to collect a boundary.
6.3
0
Pikky Ya France To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Full and on the pads, Bhanuka Rajapaksa looks to sweep but misses and gets hit on the gloves.
6.2
0
Pikky Ya France To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Loopy ball, outside off. Bhanuka Rajapaksa taps it towards point. He calls for a single but is sent back by Avishka Fernando.
6.1
0
Pikky Ya France To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
On middle, Bhanuka Rajapaksa blocks it out from the crease.
Pikky Ya France is into the attack.
Review time! A late review taken by Namibia for LBW. UltraEdge shows no bat. Ball Tracker shows pitching outside leg and Namibia lose their review.
End Of The Over 6 : 37/3
11 Runs
  • W5.1
  • 15.2
  • 05.3
  • 65.4
  • 05.5
  • 4 LB5.6
A. Fernando
10 (9)
B. Rajapaksa
1 (1)
JJ Smit
1-0-7-1
5.6
lb
JJ Smit To Avishka Fernando
NOT OUT! That was close! JJ Smit delivers a length ball, on off, angling away. Avishka Fernando looks to defend but misses. The ball goes off the thigh pad and races away to the third man boundary. Namibia take a review for an LBW. UltraEdge shows no bat involved. Ball Tracking shows that it was pitching outside leg. End of the Powerplay, Sri Lanka are 37/3.
5.5
0
JJ Smit To Avishka Fernando
On a good length, on off. Avishka Fernando blocks it out towards covers.
5.4
6
JJ Smit To Avishka Fernando
SIX! Dispatched! Length ball, on middle. Avishka Fernando shimmies down the track and simply clips the ball over deep mid-wicket. He timed that so beautifully and the ball lands well over the ropes. A maximum.
5.3
0
JJ Smit To Avishka Fernando
Good-length ball, on off, at 129 kph. Avishka Fernando defends it off the front foot.
5.2
1
JJ Smit To Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Length ball, on middle. Bhanuka Rajapaksa tucks it on the leg side for one.
Who walks out? It is Bhanuka Rajapaksa.
5.1
W
JJ Smit To Dinesh Chandimal OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! JJ Smit comes into the attack and gets a wicket off his first delivery. Namibia are putting up a show here. JJ Smit bowls a length ball, outside off. Dinesh Chandimal stays deep in the crease and looks to cut. He miscues and gets a feather through the keeper. Zane Green pouches an easy catch and Sri Lanka in a spot of bother now. JJ Smit is pumped up.
JJ Smit is into the attack.
End Of The Over 5 : 26/2
3 Runs
  • 04.1
  • 04.2
  • 04.3
  • 14.4
  • 14.5
  • 14.6
D. Chandimal
5 (11)
A. Fernando
4 (5)
B. Scholtz
2-0-6-1
4.6
1
Bernard Scholtz To Dinesh Chandimal
Excellent over! Just 3 runs from it. Full and on middle, Dinesh Chandimal uses his feet and nudges it to mid on. He retains the strike by picking up a single.
4.5
1
Bernard Scholtz To Avishka Fernando
A full toss, outside off. Fernando steps out and hits it towards long off for a run.
4.4
1
Bernard Scholtz To Dinesh Chandimal
Full and on off, driven to long off for a single.
4.3
0
Bernard Scholtz To Dinesh Chandimal
Flatter delivery, outside off. Dinesh Chandimal looks to cut but gets an inside edge back to the keeper.
4.2
0
Bernard Scholtz To Dinesh Chandimal
Tosses it up, outside off. Pushed back to the bowler again.
4.1
0
Bernard Scholtz To Dinesh Chandimal
Quicker delivery, on middle. Dinesh Chandimal knocks it back to the bowler.
End Of The Over 4 : 23/2
5 Runs
  • 13.1
  • 13.2
  • 13.3
  • 03.4
  • 03.5
  • 23.6
A. Fernando
3 (4)
D. Chandimal
3 (6)
R. Trumpelmann
2-0-16-1
3.6
2
Ruben Trumpelmann To Avishka Fernando
Good-length ball, wide of off stump. Avishka Fernando goes after it and slashes it to the left of third man. The fielder over there puts in the dive and keeps it to a couple of runs. Just 5 off the over.
3.5
0
Ruben Trumpelmann To Avishka Fernando
Trumplemann hits the length hard again, on middle. Fernando hops back to defend.
3.4
0
Ruben Trumpelmann To Avishka Fernando
Right on the money from Ruben Trumpelmann. On top of off and Avishka Fernando defends it out.
3.3
1
Ruben Trumpelmann To Dinesh Chandimal
Drop and run! Sri Lanka know how important these singles are, especially after losing a couple of early wickets and they are putting pressure on the fielders, asking them to have a shy at the stumps. Back of a length, on off and dabbed down to backward point for a single.
3.2
1
Ruben Trumpelmann To Avishka Fernando
Ruben Trumpelmann hits the length hard, on off and angles it across. Avishka Fernando pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
3.1
1
Ruben Trumpelmann To Dinesh Chandimal
Good-length ball, on off. Dinesh Chandimal punches it towards cover and sets off for a quick single. Good running.
Avishka Fernando is the new man in.
Review time! Pathum Nissanka has taken a review for LBW. UltraEdge shows no bat involved. Ball Tracking shows three reds and the on-field decision stays.
End Of The Over 3 : 18/2
3 Runs
  • 1 WD2.1
  • 12.1
  • 02.2
  • 02.3
  • 02.4
  • 12.5
  • W2.6
P. Nissanka
5 (6)
D. Chandimal
1 (4)
B. Scholtz
1-0-3-1
2.6
W
Bernard Scholtz To Pathum Nissanka OUT!
OUT! LBW! Bernard Scholtz gets a wicket in his first over and Sri Lanka lose their second. This is a flatter delivery, around off and going on with the angle. Pathum Nissanka walks a bit across his stumps and looks to tuck it on the leg side. Nissanka gets in a tangle and ends up missing the ball. The ball raps him on the pads and the bowler appeals. The umpire raises his finger but Sri Lanka do review. It's three reds and Pathum Nissanka has to walk back to the pavilion.
2.5
1
Bernard Scholtz To Dinesh Chandimal
On a length, on off and this is eased down to long on for a single.
2.4
0
Bernard Scholtz To Dinesh Chandimal
On off and skidding on, Chandimal steps out of his crease and looks to work it on the leg side. He misses and gets hit on the pads again.
2.3
0
Bernard Scholtz To Dinesh Chandimal
A touch short and Chandimal punches it off the back foot on the off side but can't find the gap.
2.2
0
Bernard Scholtz To Dinesh Chandimal
Flatter and quicker, on the pads. Dinesh Chandimal looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
2.1
1
Bernard Scholtz To Pathum Nissanka
Drifting onto the pads and this one keeps a bit low. Pathum Nissanka gets his front pad out of the way and works it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
2.1
wd
Bernard Scholtz To Pathum Nissanka
WIDE! Scholtz starts with a loosener way down the leg side. Left alone and wide signalled.
Bernard Scholtz is into the attack.
End Of The Over 2 : 15/1
11 Runs
  • 41.1
  • 41.2
  • 11.3
  • 11.4
  • W1.5
  • 11.6
P. Nissanka
4 (4)
D. Chandimal
0 (0)
R. Trumpelmann
1-0-11-1
1.6
1
Ruben Trumpelmann To Pathum Nissanka
A length ball, on the pads. Pathum Nissanka dabs it down on the leg side for a single.
Dinesh Chandimal walks out at number 3.
1.5
W
Ruben Trumpelmann To Kusal Perera OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT! Ruben Trumpelmann has the last laugh as he draws first blood. Full and around off stump. Kusal Perera looks to drive uppishly and past mid off but can't get through. JJ Smit dives to his left and takes a brilliant catch to get rid of the dangerous Perera. Can Namibia now build on this breakthrough?
1.4
1
Ruben Trumpelmann To Pathum Nissanka
Drop and run! On middle and bunted on the leg side for a quick single.
1.3
1
Ruben Trumpelmann To Kusal Perera
This is pulled hard but now there is a fielder at the mid-wicket fence. Banged in short, around off and Perera gets on top of the bounce once again but picks up just the single this time.
1.2
4
Ruben Trumpelmann To Kusal Perera
FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Kusal Perera. Attempted short ball, sits up nicely for the batter. Perera pulls it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.
1.1
4
Ruben Trumpelmann To Kusal Perera
FOUR! In the slot and Kusal Perera thumps it right back past the bowler to bring up the first boundary off the innings.
Who will bowl from the other end? It is Ruben Trumpelmann.
End Of The Over 1 : 4/0
4 Runs
  • 10.1
  • 10.2
  • 10.3
  • 00.4
  • 00.5
  • 10.6
K. Perera
2 (4)
P. Nissanka
2 (2)
D. Wiese
1-0-4-0
0.6
1
David Wiese To Kusal Perera
Well-timed shot for a single. A length ball, on off and driven on the up towards mid off by Perera. Just 4 off the first over.
0.5
0
David Wiese To Kusal Perera
Good-length ball, on leg stump and angling across. Perera looks to pull it away but misses and gets hit in the ribs.
0.4
0
David Wiese To Kusal Perera
Very full, on off and driven nicely but straight to mid off.
0.3
1
David Wiese To Pathum Nissanka
Back of a length, on the hips. Pathum Nissanka hops and dabs it down to deep square leg for another one.
0.2
1
David Wiese To Kusal Perera
Good-length ball, on leg stump. Kusal Perera manages to tuck it away toward square leg for a run and he's off the mark as well.
0.1
1
David Wiese To Pathum Nissanka
Pathum Nissanka and Sri Lanka are up and running. A length ball, on top of off and tapped onto the off side for a quick single.
Match Info
  • Venue Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
  • Weather Clear
  • Toss Sri Lankawon the toss and elected to field
  • Result Sri Lanka beat Namibia by 7 wickets
  • Player of the Match Maheesh Theekshana
  • Umpire Adrian Holdstock (SA), Paul Reiffel (AUS) and Rod Tucker (AUS)
  • Referee David Boon (AUS)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: Namibia 96/10 in 19.3 overs
  • Drinks: Namibia 54/2 in 10.0 overs
  • Namibia 50/2 in 8.6 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Namibia 30/2
  • Sri Lanka 100/3 in 13.3 overs
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka 68/3 in 10.0 overs
  • Sri Lanka 50/3 in 7.6 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Sri Lanka 37/3
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