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Namibia were beaten comprehensively
In a nutshell
Namibia, on the night, were no match for Sri Lanka and lost their T20 WC debut game by seven wickets. Maheesh Theekshana bagged three wickets while Lahiru Kumara and Wanindu Hasaranga got two each as Namibia folded for 96. Sri Lanka's batters had starting troubles but a half-century stand between Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Avishka Fernando eased the side to a win in the 14th over.
Namibia's slow start
Asked to bat, Namibia lost their opening wicket – that of Stephan Baard – with 10 on the board. There were no boundaries between overs 2-4 but Craig Williams broke the shackles with a six against Theekshana. The pacer, however, dismissed Zane Green and Namibia ended the powerplay with 30 for 2 on the board.
Williams, despite the big hit, took a while to get going and that only hurt Namibia's progress. Gerhard Erasmus struck two boundaries against Hasaranga but Namibia huffed and puffed to 54 for 2 at the halfway mark.
Bowlers pin Namibia on the mat
Between overs 13 and 16, Namibia lost four wickets – a wicket in each of those four overs – as they went from 68 for 2 to 85 for 6. Hasaranga continued to good work and bagged his second wicket with the dismissal of Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton while Chameera too joined the party with a late wicket. Kumara – who bowled the final over – ended with impressive figures of 3.3-0-9-2 to ensure Namibi couldn't really orchestrate a late flourish.
Sri Lanka's poor start
Ruben Trumpelmann was welcomed in the second over with consecutive boundaries but nipped out Kusal Perera on the fifth delivery to give Namibia the early breakthrough. Pathum Nissanka fell in the next over as Sri Lanka were reduced to 18 for 2 at the end of three overs. After the twin fours by Perera, Sri Lanka played out a period of 22 deliveries with a boundary and the pressure got to Dinesh Chandimal as well. The former captain fell for 5 off 12 as Sri Lanka were left in a spot of bother at 26 for 3 in the sixth over.
Fernando, Rajapaksa to the rescue
Avishka Fernando (30 not out) showed some good form ahead of the tournament against Oman and helped the side get over the line with a 74-run stand with Bhanuka Rajapaksa (42 not out). Namibia couldn't quite pile on the pressure after the three early wicket and the Sri Lankan pair took control of the chase to ensure the game was wrapped up with 29 balls to spare.
Brief scores: Namibia 96 in 19.3 overs (M Theekshana 3-25) lost to Sri Lanka 100/3 in 13.3 overs (Bhanuka Rajapaksa 42*) by seven wickets.