Namibia (109/6) defeat Oman (109) in a thrilling super over in their ICC T20 World Cup 2024 group stage match

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Familiar rivals are meeting on the grand stage for the first time. Namibia and Oman, both making their third appearance in four World Cup editions, were placed in different groups in their sole previous tournament together. Surprisingly, despite being well-acquainted as ODI opponents, they have rarely crossed paths in the shorter format. Prior to their recent five-match bilateral series in Muscat in April, they had only clashed thrice in T20s, all during a T20 World Cup Qualifier.

Although Namibia emerged victorious in that recent series with a 3-2 scoreline, Oman seemed to benefit more from it. While the series outcome likely dashed Namibia's hopes of direct 2026 qualification through rankings, it helped Oman discover a successful strategy for their opening partnership, with Nasseem Kushi thriving after being promoted up the order.

Namibia, however, emerged as the winners in that fluctuating series, highlighting themes that could resurface in today's match. Oman's reliance on quick runs in the powerplay, especially with Kushi at the top, and the importance of their in-form captain, Aaqib Ilyas, were evident. Although Namibia also possesses aggressive ball-strikers at the start in Nico Davin and JP Kotze, they have additional late-hitting powerhouses in David Wiese and JJ Smit, allowing them to consolidate and capitalize in the latter stages of the game.

Both teams see this match as crucial for their hopes of making a breakthrough from Group B. With upcoming matches against Scotland, England, and Australia, the path ahead is unlikely to get any easier as the group stage progresses.


Squads:

Namibia Squad:
Michael van Lingen, Nikolaas Davin, Jan Frylinck, Malan Kruger, JP Kotze, Zane Green(w), David Wiese, Gerhard Erasmus(c), JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz, Tangeni Lungameni, Ben Shikongo, Dylan Leicher, Peter-Daniel Blignaut, Jack Brassell

Oman Squad: Kashyap Prajapati, Pratik Athavale(w), Aqib Ilyas(c), Zeeshan Maqsood, Khalid Kail, Mehran Khan, Mohammad Nadeem, Ayaan Khan, Rafiullah, Shakeel Ahmed, Shoaib Khan, Bilal Khan, Fayyaz Butt, Kaleemullah, Naseem Khushi


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I think Oman would be the favorites here as they have already played in big events and know better how to absorb pressure but lets see what Namibia can offer.
 
At least Namibia is a genuine team.

Oman seems to be made of discarded overseas Pakistani and Indian expats.
 
I think Oman would be the favorites here as they have already played in big events and know better how to absorb pressure but lets see what Namibia can offer.
Naw, Nambia is a genuine team, Oman is filled with office workers.

Nambia should be favourites
 
Namibia all the way. They are way more fitter and have a better technique than the Oman team made of Gulf Biryani and Mandi eaters from the Subcontinent.
 
Subcontinent IT workers vs SA rejects. Should be an interesting battle of mid
 
Namibia have won the toss and will bowl first


Oman (Playing XI):
Kashyap Prajapati, Naseem Khushi(w), Aqib Ilyas(c), Zeeshan Maqsood, Khalid Kail, Ayaan Khan, Mohammad Nadeem, Mehran Khan, Shakeel Ahmed, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan

Namibia (Playing XI): Michael van Lingen, Nikolaas Davin, Jan Frylinck, Gerhard Erasmus(c), Malan Kruger, JJ Smit, David Wiese, Zane Green(w), Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz, Tangeni Lungameni
 
At least USA and Canada have 1 or 2 local born players but don’t see any Arab origin players in Oman. At least back in the day I remember a player called Sultan Zarwani who got hit on the head by Donald. Dont any Arabs play cricket? Don’t mean any disrespect to the professions but most Oman players look like people who went for carpenter and electrician work and play cricket as a hobby on Sundays.
 
Really poor cricket from Oman not utilizing Mehran Khan's full overs and then not giving him the super over. Namibia were not great but Wiese ended up being the difference.

Some pretty sloppy cricket on display from both teams in this match.
 
The first super over of the 2024 edition!

David Wiese of Namibia bowls a superb Super Over to get his team over the line against Oman, conceding only 10 runs and picking up the wicket of Naseem Khushi.

Earlier, both Namibia and Oman were tied on 109 and the latter was set a target of 22 runs to win in the super over.
 
Namibia hold nerve to win Super Over thriller against Oman

Mehran Khan's stunning spell helped Oman tie the game, but David Wiese's heroics in the Super Over gave Namibia a win in their opening ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 contest.

Wiese heroics give Namibia the win

David Wiese and Gerhard Erasmus made the most of Bilal Khan's pace and hit four boundaries to take 21 runs off Namibia's allotted Super Over.

After smashing 13 off 4 in the Super Over with the bat, Wiese starred with the ball for the Eagles, allowing just 10 runs while picking the wicket of big-hitting Naseem Khushi.

Earlier: Oman fight ties the game

Defending 110, Bilal Khan gave Oman the perfect start, bowling opener Michael van Lingen for a duck off the very second ball of the innings. While both Nikolaas Davin and Jan Frylinck tried to go for their shots, they were troubled by the uneven bounce in the initial stages of the chase.

The duo managed to preserve their wicket despite a number of hits and misses, and Namibia were 32/1 at the end of the powerplay period. Thereafter, skipper Aqib Ilyas employed spinners and medium pacers to take the pace off the ball. As the runs dried up, Davin tried to take on Aqib's spin.

After seven dot balls in a row, Aqib was dispatched for a six by Davin. However, the wily spinner had his revenge off the very next ball when he had Davin caught by Mohammad Nadeem.

Disciplined spin bowling from Aqib and Zeeshan Maqsood put brakes on Namibia's scoring rate in the middle overs. For his part, Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus tried to keep the scoring rate closer to run a ball along with Frylinck. The game of nerves saw Oman drop crucial catches but eventually, Maqsood held one off Ayaan Khan to dismiss Erasmus (13) in the 15th over.

The set Frylinck took initiative at this stage and hit a flurry of boundaries to bring the asking rate at par with three overs remaining. A superb 18th over from Mehran Khan gave away just four byes and picked JJ Smit's wicket. A six from David Wiese in the 19th over, helped bring the equation to five off the final over.

Mehran who had given just four runs off two overs thus far brought up his wickets tally up from one to three in the first three balls of the final over, bowling Frylinck and trapping Zane Green (0) lbw. The equation eventually came to two off one with the aggressive Wiese up against the wily Mehran. Wiese couldn't connect but the wicket-keeper fumbled the ball, and the batters stole a bye. The game went into a Super Over. Mehran gave merely seven runs for three wickets in his three overs.

Trumpelmann special runs through Oman

Erasmus won the toss and decided to field first in Barbados. Opposite number Aqib Ilyas wasn't perturbed by the fact that his side had to bat first, believing that the ball would come well to the bat and improve their scoring opportunities.

Ruben Trumpelmann was into the act in the first over. Off the very first ball he trapped Oman opener Kashyap Prajapati lbw for a duck with a pinpoint yorker. Off the very next ball, he bowled yet another scintillating yorker which caught Oman skipper Aqib Ilyas unaware, and the batter fell lbw for a duck.

The left-arm pacer had a third in his second over when Naseem Khushi tried to take him down the track, but could only find Erasmus at mid-off. Experienced hand Zeeshan Maqsod held the innings together in the first Powerplay, steadying the Oman innings while bringing the scoring rate to run a ball.

However, Bernard Scholtz had him leg before wicket in the seventh over to setback Oman further. Disciplined bowling from the tweakers ensured that Oman's lower-order didn't take off with the change of pace. Scholtz and Erasmus continued providing breakthroughs for the Eagles even as Oman batters struggled to get the ball past the inner circle.

For a period of 44 deliveries between the 10th over and the 17th over, Oman failed to hit a single boundary. The Asian side tried to pick the scoring rate when Namibia pacers arrived in the death overs, but David Wiese and Trumpelmann chipped away at the tail and bowled out Oman before they could complete their quota of overs.

 
I went to sleep thinking it'd a cake walk for Namibia.

What the hell happened?
 
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