United Arab Emirates 148 for 3 (Waseem 50, Rizwan 43, Scholtz 1-22) beat Namibia 141 for 8 (Wiese 55, Hameed 2-17, Zahoor 2-20) by seven runs.
Wiese battled valiantly, scoring a half-century, but was out in the last over as Namibia fell short.
In reality, UAE won the game despite David Wiese and Ruben Trumpelmann scoring 80 runs off 56 balls for the eighth wicket after Namibia had collapsed to 69 for 7. This is a contest that will confound every match report writer. Due to Wiese’s dismissal off the fourth ball of the final over, which was bowled by Muhammad Waseem, Namibia was unable to complete the necessary 14 runs.
The Netherlands, who will advance to the Super 12s in second place alongside Sri Lanka, are particularly interested in the outcome because Namibia, despite being the favorite, was eliminated. UAE will also leave the competition, but they will have earned some points.
They came dangerously close to losing when Waseem dropped Wiese off his own bowling on 33 after setting up UAE’s score with a half-century and being given the duty of bowling the 17th over. Waseem had time to get there, but he was unable to hang on because Wiese slogged and the ball went straight up. He then bowled the penultimate over, which saw Wiese well-caught by Alishan Sharafu at long-on. Had Sharafu not timed his jump and hung on, the ball would have gone for six, ending Namibia’s prospects. In 19 T20 games before Thursday, Waseem had only bowled 22 balls, and Wiese was one of his three victims.
Earlier, UAE’s innings started slowly but ended strongly on a surface that seemed to get better for batting as the ball grew older. In the first 10 overs, they were 58 for 1, and they didn’t reach 100 until the 16th over. However, they added 51 runs over the course of the final five overs to bring the total close to 150 and rank second among T20 World Cup totals. Although Namibia’s fielding effort was mostly disciplined, the left-armers JJ Smit and Jan Frylinck combined to give up 69 runs in seven overs, while the opening bowler Ben Shikongo only bowled one over, the 15th.
Chundangapoyil Rizwan, the captain of the UAE, made several wise choices on the field in contrast. In this competition, Basil Hameed made history by bowling three consecutive overs during the powerplay in Geelong. He also claimed two wickets, putting Namibia on 26 for 3 after five overs. In order to open up the middle order, Karthik Meiyappan ran out Smit and replaced Namibia’s captain, Gerhard Erasmus. Namibia was 46 for 5 when Zahoor Khan was brought back in the 13th over, and even with David Wiese still to come, they were unable to recover. He destroyed Namibia with two wickets in his second over, although Wiese and Trumplemann revived their cause before ultimately failing.
Waseem is in charge
The most talented batter for the UAE started their innings with just the proper amount of vigor and aggression to position them for a respectable total. His first goal came when he knelt down to sweep Bernard Scholtz over a deep backward square. After moving the ball around during a calm moment, he then faced Jan Frylinck and displayed his quick feet.
Waseem pushed him past mid-off and then straight back over his head for one of the group’s biggest sixes by moving forward down the track. Despite the slow scoring rate, Waseem managed to maintain a strike rate of over 100 by running well. His fifty came off 40 balls. He contributed to partnerships of 39 for the first wicket and 58 for the second, scoring 16 singles, six twos, and creating a solid foundation for UAE.
A powerful end
With a target of 140 or more in their sights, the UAE had to strike when they were 115 for 3 and still being kept relatively quiet going into the final two overs. When Hameed expertly evaded Zane Green to third base for four runs, he launched the attack. He then tucked onto a short ball and pulled it over deep square for six runs. Although Wiese’s penultimate over cost the UAE 12 runs, the best was yet to come. Ben Shikongo was passed over in favor of JJ Smits to bowl the 20th over, but he promptly missed his yorker.
Rizwan delivered a full-toss over fine leg at waist height for six. He then ran three to put Hameed back on strike, and he completed the over by reverse-scooping one length ball over midwicket and another over the wicketkeeper. Smit got one in the right spot in between, but his last over ended with a score of 21. In the final two overs, the UAE scored 33.