T20 World Cup 2024:  Namibia Defeated Oman In Super Over Thriller

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T20 World Cup 2024, In a Super Over match, Namibia defeated Oman 109 for 6, winning their first T20 World Cup match since 2012. Namibia began their 2024 campaign with the game.

T20 World Cup 2024:  Namibia defeated Oman In Super Over Thriller
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Oman 109 (Kail 34, Trumpelmann 4-21, Wiese 3-28) lost against Namibia 109 for 6 (Frylinck 45, Mehran 3-7, Ilyas 1-17) via Super Over. Oman 10 lost to Namibia 21 in Super Over.

After being bowled out for 109, Oman staged a spectacular recovery with the ball to force a Super Over, but Namibia remained cool to win the one-over eliminator and clinch a place in the 2024 T20 World Cup.

For the third time since 2012, a men’s T20 World Cup match ended in a Super Over. After scoring 21 runs off of the seasoned Bilal Khan, David Wiese, and Gerhard Erasmus made sure Oman was unable to mount another comeback in the game.

Super Over boss David Wiese

Wiese opened the Super Over with a full delivery outside off through covers on a pitch that both sides’ batters found difficult to score on. He dutifully hit the following ball, a delicious full toss, for a six wide of long-on.

In order to lead Namibia to the highest total in a T20 World Cup Super Over, skipper Gerhard Erasmus flick-swept the last ball through square leg to earn up another boundary before squeezing a yorker past short third.

Then, after conceding only two runs from his opening two deliveries, Wiese got Naseem Khushi to edge one onto the stumps.

Wiese completed the victory as Oman could only muster a single off the subsequent ball as the sum was too much for them to handle. In men’s T20Is, Wiese became only the fourth player to both bat and bowl in a Super Over.

Mehran Khan nearly wins by bowling Oman.

It was a challenging wicket for the Namibian batsmen, even though they were chasing a modest score. Jan Frylinck was the focal point of the pursuit, which was designed to reduce the last three runs needed to 18.

After throwing four byes to begin the eighteenth over, Mehran Khan had JJ Smit caught at long on and then bowled Wiese three consecutive dots.

Namibia needed only five runs to win when he entered the field to bowl the last over. However, Mehran chased Frylinck, who was backing away, and delivered one full, bowling him off his pads for a forty-eight-ball forty-five. Zane Green, the new hitter, tried a scoop but failed, resulting in an out at bat due to a dot ball.

With four needed off two, Wiese was put on strike by a single, but he could only get two with a straight shot onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Mehran bowled full for the whole over before switching to an outside off-length ball that Wiese failed to catch. Namibia was awarded a single as the ball bounced off the wicketkeeper who was standing up, while a straight hit at the same end would have most likely handed Oman Victory.

Trumpelmann sets it up early.

Ruben Trumpelmann gave Namibia a superb start as he swung in a full delivery to Kashyap Prajapati, who was caught leg before wicket after Oman was asked to bat. Trumpelmann got another ball to swing in and struck new Oman captain Aqib Ilyas flush on his foot, almost like an action replica of the first ball.

In the 2021 T20 World Cup, Trumpelmann struck again in his next over with a length ball that bounced more than Naseem Khushi anticipated after he misplayed a catch to mid-off. However, he was unable to complete a hat-trick or make it a three-wicket first over, as he had done against Scotland.

After that, Zeeshan Maqsood attempted to bring Oman back on track with a barrage of boundaries as Oman amassed 36 runs in the powerplay.

But in the seventh over, left-arm spinner Bernard Scholz trapped Maqsood leg before wicket, ending his counterattack.

Namibia dries out its borders

After the powerplay, Oman only scored five runs in the two overs that followed, thanks to the introduction of spinners Scholz and Gerhard Erasmus to the attack. After that, Ayaan Khan took over for Scholz, hitting him for Oman’s first six of the innings. Khalid Kail then took Erasmus for a four to begin the tenth over.

However, Namibia bowled 44 deliveries without giving up a boundary, making Oman pay only 29 runs throughout that time. Two more wickets came as a result of the Namibian bowlers’ increasing pressure.

After Erasmus caught Ayaan at long off, the Namibian captain trapped Mohammad Nadeem in front on his subsequent over.

Oman attempted a late onslaught, but Wiese and Trumpelmann contributed to the innings’ conclusion; the former took two wickets in an over while finishing with a three-for.

Ilyas exerts pressure, while Bilal Khan sets the tone.

When Michael van Lingen got an inside edge onto the stumps off an outswinger, Oman’s left-arm seamer Bilal was able to provide his team with a breakthrough. Namibia scored at a rate of fewer than six runs per over for the remainder of the powerplay, but they were unharmed.

Ilyas bowled a maiden over as they battled against spin. As a result of the pressure, Nikolaas Davin, who was bowled out by Mehran in the ninth over, was able to smash Ilyas for a six over long-on but failed to make a catch to long-off in an attempt to score another huge shot.

As Frylinck and Erasmus attempted to settle Namibia, the boundaries dried up once again. Oman had a chance to end the partnership, but Ilyas handed Frylinck a life in the 11th over when he was on 21, so Oman was denied another caught-and-bowled opportunity.

Frylinck had another reprieve two overs later on 24 when he was dropped at deep midwicket.

Oman will be left regretting the chances they missed after coming so close, as Frylinck ultimately grounds Namibia in the final over.

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