The triumph not only affirmed Namibia’s dominance in the qualifiers but also guaranteed their participation in the upcoming tournament, slated to take place in the United States and the West Indies.
Five wins in five games
Namibia’s impeccable performance, marked by five consecutive wins over Zimbabwe, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania, solidified their position at the top of the table with a perfect record. The crucial victory against Tanzania earned the Eagles the necessary two points for qualification, bringing their total to 10 points.
While Namibia celebrates their qualification, the competition for the final spot is still intense, with Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria actively vying for it. Uganda and Kenya control their destiny, holding the key to their qualification, while Zimbabwe and Nigeria depend on other match outcomes to fall in their favor.
Namibia make it to T20 World Cup third time in a row
The significance of the win against Tanzania underscores Namibia’s consistent performance, securing their place in the Men’s T20 World Cup for the third consecutive time. In 2021, they advanced to the Super 12 after finishing second in the group stage but faced a setback in the following year.
Rajeevan’s unbeaten knock goes in vain
Tanzania won the toss and put Namibia to the test. A collective batting effort from the top four batters put Namibia on the path to a 150-plus score. JJ Smit remained unbeaten, scoring 40 in 25 balls and scoring a single boundary and four maximums. Zane Green and Nicol Loftie-Eaton delivered crucial cameos to put 157 runs on board for the loss of six wickets.
In reply, Tanzania struggled right from the very first over. Skipper Gerhard Erasmus claimed two wickets, while experienced all-rounder David Wiese also featured among the wicket-takers with a single wicket. Tanzania’s struggle was reflected by none of their batters scoring more than run-a-ball.
Amal Rajeevan put up a valiant fight with the bat with his unbeaten 41 but in the end, his efforts went in vain. Namibia won the game by 58 runs.
(With ANI inputs)