- New Zealand moves to second place in Group II table thanks to third win
- With this victory, New Zealand’s net execution rate increased to 1,277.
New Zealand defeated Namibia by 52 runs to record their third victory in the Group 2 match of the Super-12 stage of the T20 World Cup. After an undefeated 76-run partnership for the fifth field between Glenn Phillips and Jimmy Neesham, the Kiwis achieved this victory with a brilliant performance from the bowlers.
Phillips (39 no-out on 21 balls) and Neesham (35 no-outs on 23 balls) made quick runs against the Namibian attack, helping New Zealand score 163 of 4. The Namibian team could only handle 111 of 7 in 20 overs after losing ground at frequent intervals after a slow start.
Thanks to this third victory, New Zealand has climbed to second place in the Group Two table with six points and with this victory their net run rate is 1,277, while third-placed Afghanistan has a net run rate of 1,481 .
If the New Zealand team wins their last group match against Afghanistan, they will reach the semi-finals without going into the net run rate calculation. The next game against Afghanistan will be like the quarterfinals for New Zealand.
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For New Zealand, the experienced Tim Southee again continued his excellent performance, taking 15 runs in four overs and Trent Boult taking 2-2 wickets for 20 runs. Neesham took a wicket for six runs in an over. He was declared “Man of the match” for his good performance with the bat and the ball.
After being invited to hit, the New Zealand team was fighting for 87 runs on four wickets at a time, but came back with fast hitting from Phillips and Neesham. Both added 76 undefeated runs on just 36 balls for the fifth wicket. Phillips hit a four and three sixes during his innings, while Neesham hit a four and two sixes. Thanks to Phillips and Neesham, New Zealand added 53 runs in the final three overs.
For Namibia, starters Stefan Bard (21) and Michael Van Lingen (25) added 47 runs for the first wicket, but Neesham gave the team the first hit by throwing Lingen. Then only four runs were added to the score Mitchell Santner (1 wicket for 20 runs in four overs) threw at the bard.
The team then lost the third wicket in the form of captain Gerhard Erasmus after adding four runs. The team expected David Wiese, but Arabia appealed for LBW with the low rebound ball and the referee raised his finger. He scored 16 runs on 17 balls. Southee made Jane Green (23) the second victim in the last over of her quota. The team lost two consecutive wickets at Boult’s over.