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PIX: New Zealand in sight of semis spot after beating Namibia

Last updated on: November 05, 2021 19:30 IST
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Images from the T20 World Cup Super 12s match between New Zealand and Namibia, in Sharjah, in Friday.

New Zealand pacer Jimmy Neesham celebrates the wicket of Namibia opener Michael van Lingen in the T20 World Cup Super 12s match, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, on Friday.

IMAGE: New Zealand pacer Jimmy Neesham celebrates the wicket of Namibia opener Michael van Lingen in the T20 World Cup Super 12s match, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, on Friday. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

New Zealand put on a solid all-round performance to beat Namibia by 52 runs in the T20 World Cup Super 12s match, in Sharjah on Friday, to move to second place, above Afghanistan, in Group 2 and stay in contention for a place in the semi-finals.

Chasing New Zealand's total of 163 for 4, made possible by a late assault from Glenn Phillips (39) and Jimmy Neesham (35), Namibia were unable to take advantage of the field restrictions as the Kiwi pacers kept a leash on the scoring, scalping three wickets after the Powerplay.

 

Namibia could not recover from those hits and scored just 111 for 7, falling short by 52 runs.

New Zealand pacers were on the money from the beginning, as they gave away just two boundaries in the first five overs. Michael van Lingen struck a six and a four in the sixth over to make a better reading of the scoreboard at the end of the Powerplay.

Namibia's opener Stephan Baard is bowled by New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner.

IMAGE: Namibia's opener Stephan Baard is bowled by New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

However, with the asking rate rising quickly, the pressure got to Namibia as they lost their top 3, including their captain, inside the first 10 overs.

Neesham rattled the stumps of van Lingen to give New Zealand the breakthrough they were looking for. 

New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi is checked by medical staff after being hit on the head by a shot from David Wiese.

IMAGE: New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi is checked by medical staff after being hit on the head by a shot from David Wiese. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

The spinners then got in on the act, first with Santner dismissing Stephen Baard before Ish Sodhi nicking captain Gerhard Erasmus out.

With wickets falling, New Zealand continued to turn the screws, making run-scoring even more difficult for Namibia, who, at the halfway stage, needed 108 runs in the last 10 overs.

There was some joy for Namibia as David Wiese and Zane Green smashed Ish Sodhi for a six each, but it was short-lived.

Trent Boult takes the catch to dismiss Zane Green.

IMAGE: Trent Boult takes the catch to dismiss Zane Green. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Southee, brought back into the attack, trapped Wiese in front of the stumps for 16 to further dent Namibia's chances.

There was no coming back for Namibia after that. Though Green and Smit found a boundary each, it was never going to be enough, with the asking rate already over 15.

Southee returned for his final over and scalped the wicket of Green after being hit for a four. In the penultimate over, Boult picked up the wickets of Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton and Craig Williams for a duck.

Glenn Phillips hit a quickfire 39 off 21 balls, including a four and 3 sixes, to enable New Zealand post a fighting total in the T20 World Cup Super 12s match against Namibia, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, on Friday.

IMAGE: Glenn Phillips hit a quickfire 39 off 21 balls, including a four and 3 sixes, to enable New Zealand post a fighting total. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Earlier, New Zealand's openers got the team off to a great start yet again after being put in to bat, but Namibia fought back well, scalping the wickets of the pair inside the first seven overs.

The Kiwi openers lived by the sword and died by it, as they took the attack to Namibia early on but also perished trying to up the ante.

Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus won the toss and put New Zealand in to bat.

Michael van Lingen takes the catch to dismiss New Zealand opener Daryl Mitchell.

IMAGE: Michael van Lingen takes the catch to dismiss New Zealand opener Daryl Mitchell. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Martin Guptill picked up from where he left off in the game against Scotland, making his intent clear with a six off Bernard Scholtz in the first over.

Ruben Trumpelmann wasn't spared either, as Guptill walked down the track and smashed him straight back.

It was Namibia's go-to man, David Wiese, who dealt the Black Caps the first blow. Guptill, trying to go for another big one, was done by the lack of pace, skying the ball to the hands of Trumpelmann at mid-off.

Kane Williamson is bowled by Gerhard Erasmus.

IMAGE: Kane Williamson is bowled by Gerhard Erasmus. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Williamson and Mitchell struck a boundary each in the last two overs of the Powerplay but the latter perished as soon as the fielding restrictions were lifted. Mitchell gave Scholtz the charge but managed to slice it to deep point, where Michael van Lingen had to cover a lot of ground to take a fantastic diving catch.

Williamson and Devon Conway ensured that Namibia did not inflict any further damage with a solid 38-run partnership.

Just as the Kiwis were wrestling control back, Gerhard Erasmus got his opposite number, as Williamson, in the bid to up the ante after the drinks break, dragged on to his stumps.

 Jimmy Neesham steps out to send the ball to the boundary.

IMAGE: Jimmy Neesham steps out to send the ball to the boundary. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Conway was the next to make the long walk back. Trying to steal a two after dabbing it to the mid-wicket region, he was caught short at the non-striker's end, with Birkenstock knocking the stumps over after a brilliant throw from Erasmus in the deep.

The two wickets in two overs pegged New Zealand back further, with Phillips and Neesham tasked with the job of steadying the ship.

Gerhard Erasmus celebrates the wicket of Kane WIlliamson.

IMAGE: Gerhard Erasmus celebrates the wicket of Kane WIlliamson. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Namibia's bowlers kept the lid on the scoring in the middle overs, but were punished in the death for staying in this line and length.

Erasmus was guilty of gifting a full toss to Phillips, who dispatched it over the ropes. Neesham and Phillips ruined Wiese's figures in his last over, smashing him for two sixes and a four.

With the momentum now in their favour, New Zealand kept finding the boundaries as the duo of Neesham and Phillips finished with an unbeaten partnership of 76 from just 41 balls. 

While Trumpelmann leaked a six and a four in the penultimate over, Smit gave away 16 in the last over, which included a six and four wides.

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