Australia VS Namibia, T20 World Cup 2024 Match 24 – FULL SCORECARD, COMMENTARY, SQUAD

Australia beat Namibia by 9 wickets
02
nd Innings Australia
That’s it from this game! Australia become the second team to go through into the next round after South Africa. The World Cup action continues as the next game is between India and the USA. The team winning that game will ensure its qualification into the next stage. That match will begin at 8 pm IST (2.30 pm GMT), but as always, you can join us in advance for the build-up. Until then, take care and goodbye!
The captain of Australia, Mitchell Marsh says that it was a great bowling performance and with the help around, it was a complete bowling effort. Feels that it is very important to qualify for Super 8 as early as possible. Hopes to win against Scotland and go into the Super 8 with good momentum. Lauds Adam Zampa for his effort and says that the team is lucky to have him. Adds that Zampa loves the big stages and delivers under pressure. Ends by saying that they have got their families here and with the wind around, they are enjoying it.
The captain of Namibia, Merwe Erasmus says it was a tough game. Adds that they were outplayed. Mentions a big side like Australia will expose you if you aren’t there mentally. Mentions they tried to fight fire with fire but that did not happen. Ends by admitting they weren’t good enough.
Adam Zampa is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his brilliance with the ball. He says that it is a nice feeling to get the win and qualify for the Super 8 stage. Shares that the ball has been coming out of his hand nicely. Adds that he is being encouraged by the captain to pick wickets in the middle phase. Tells that cross-breeze was something they experienced in Barbados and it is something they need to take into account while playing here in the Caribbean.
Time for the presentation ceremony…
Namibia were just overpowered. They were no match for the Aussies. 72 was just never going to be enough but they’ll be happy they got a wicket but overall, they’ll be very disappointed with their performance.
A comprehensive win then for the Aussies and they have sealed their progression to the next round. This result was never in doubt once they bowled Namibia out for a low score, it was just a matter of how quickly they scored the runs and they have done it in no time. The openers came out all guns blazing and wanted to get on with it quickly. David Warner fell but Travis Head continued with Mitchell Marsh. The two continued to attack and in the end, they helped their side get over the line.
5.4
4
Jack Brassell to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR! As easy as you like! Mitchell Marsh with the winning runs and Australia are through to the Super 8 stage. Jack Brassell serves it on a length, around off, Mitchell Marsh gets on the front foot and drives it between cover and mid off for a boundary to take his side past the finishing line. Australia knock off the target in just 5.4 overs at the loss of a solitary wicket.
5.3
6
Jack Brassell to Mitchell Marsh, SIX! Picked the bones out of that did the Aussie skipper! Goes into the wicket and takes pace off as well, on off, Mitchell Marsh gets this one at a good height and he waits on it before smacking it over deep square leg for a maximum.
5.2
4
Jack Brassell to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR! Stand and deliver! This is on a hard length, on off, Mitchell Marsh stands tall and gets his hands nice and high before punching it through point for a boundary.
5.1
Jack Brassell to Mitchell Marsh, Starts on the money does Jack Brassell. On a good length, on middle, Mitchell Marsh gets right behind the line of the ball and pats it back to the bowler.
4.6
Ruben Trumpelmann to Travis Head, Nicely bowled! Rolls his fingers over the ball and pulls the length back a touch, on middle and leg, Travis Head goes for a heave across the line but gets undone by the slowness of the delivery as he swings too early and misses out.
4.5
4
Ruben Trumpelmann to Travis Head, FOUR! Three fours in a row and Head is getting this done in a hurry. At pace, on a length, on the off pole, Travis Head stays leg side of the ball and with a still head, drills it between cover and mid off for four more runs.
4.4
4
Ruben Trumpelmann to Travis Head, FOUR! Not quite off the middle of the bat but gets enough on it does Head. Fuller and slower, on off, Travis Head leans on it and drags the lofted stroke over mid on for yet another boundary. 17 runs away now Australia.
4.3
4
Ruben Trumpelmann to Travis Head, FOUR! Clever batting! Trumpelmann digs it in short, over middle, Travis Head gives himself a bit of room and uses the pace well to ramp it over short third for a boundary.
4.2
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Mitchell Marsh, Leg bye! Comes from around the wicket and does not offer any pace. Gets the line wrong though as this is full and on the pads, Mitchell Marsh has a swipe but misses. The ball rolls off his pads on the leg side for a leg bye.
4.1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Mitchell Marsh, Takes pace off and bowls it on a hard length, on off, Mitchell Marsh waits for the ball to arrive and punches it to cover.
3.6
Merwe Erasmus to Travis Head, Keeps it really full, on off, Travis Head firms the drive but can't get it past cover. Four dots in a row to get out of the over by the Namibian skipper.
3.5
Merwe Erasmus to Travis Head, Ooh, extra bounce! This is on a nagging length, outside off, Travis Head is late to get on the back foot as he shapes up for the cut. Gets undone by the pace and bounce as the ball zips past the bat.
3.4
Merwe Erasmus to Travis Head, Fires it in and it is fuller as well, outside off, Travis Head frees his arms and drives it to cover.
3.3
Merwe Erasmus to Travis Head, A bit quicker and fuller as well, on middle and leg, Travis Head pushes it back to the bowler.
3.2
6
Merwe Erasmus to Travis Head, SIX! You just can't bowl there to Travis Head! A real rank-hop from Erasmus and it is around middle and leg, Travis Head rocks on the back foot and nails the pull over deep mid-wicket for a 91-metre maximum.
3.1
Merwe Erasmus to Travis Head, Pushes it through first up, on a nagging length, angling in, Travis Head goes on the back foot and pushes it back to the bowler.
2.6
4
Ben Shikongo to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR! Up and over! Pitches it up in search of swing, fuller and outside off, Mitchell Marsh uses his feet and lofts it with a straight bat over mid off to get off the mark with a boundary.
2.5
1
Ben Shikongo to Travis Head, Changes his angle of attack again does Shikongo as he comes from over the wicket now, on middle, on a nagging length, Travis Head dabs it off the back foot, wide of point for one.
2.4
4
Ben Shikongo to Travis Head, FOUR! Too short and rightfully punished! Shikongo bangs it into the deck but it is way too short, on off, Travis Head swivels nicely in the crease and dispatches it over mid-wicket for four more runs.
2.3
6
Ben Shikongo to Travis Head, SIX! Belted down the ground with authority! Right in the arc for Head, on a length, angling in, on off, Travis Head keeps a still head and swings through the line to launch it back over the bowler's head for a maximum.
2.2
4
Ben Shikongo to Travis Head, FOUR! Skillfully done! Switches to around the wicket does Shikongo and pulls his length back a touch, around off, Travis Head waits on it and plays it late to guide it to the left of short third for his first boundary.
2.1
Ben Shikongo to Travis Head, Comes into the attack and starts off with a full delivery, swinging away, on off, Travis Head's weight stays on the back foot as he drives it along the ground to mid off.
1.6
David Wiese to Mitchell Marsh, Tighter line this from Wiese, on a length, on off, Mitchell Marsh gets half-forward and pushes it back to the bowler with a straight bat.
1.6
1
David Wiese to Mitchell Marsh, WIDE! Gets the line horribly wrong as this is way down leg. Zane Green does well to dive to his left and makes a good stop.
1.5
David Wiese to Mitchell Marsh, Wiese attacks the stumps and bowls it full, on middle, Mitchell Marsh presents a straight bat and defends it out solidly.
Mitchell Marsh comes out to bat now.
1.4
W
David Wiese to David Warner, OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! The fun is over for David Warner! Going across the left-hander, on a length, outside off, David Warner sets deep in his crease and tries to go over mid off this time. The bat twists in his hands on contact and skies it high in the air towards mid off. Ruben Trumpelmann settles under the skier and takes a good reverse-cup catch.
1.3
6
David Wiese to David Warner, SIX! David Warner is on an early charge! David Wiese goes short and it is around middle but it is not short enough. David Warner is expecting a short ball as he goes deep in the crease and swivels to hammer the pull over deep backward square leg for a biggie.
1.2
4
David Wiese to David Warner, FOUR! Width offered again and the result is the same! Angling away, on a good length, outside off, David Warner gets his weight on the front foot and drives it between cover and mid off for four more runs.
1.1
4
David Wiese to David Warner, FOUR! Width offered and David Warner cashes in! Starts a bit too wide and on a short of a good length, David Warner does not miss out as he frees his arms and thumps it through covers for a boundary.
David Wiese will operate from the other end.
0.6
Ruben Trumpelmann to Travis Head, Hits the deck hard and gets the ball to nip back in, on middle and leg, Travis Head hops back and does enough to stab it down the deck.
0.5
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to David Warner, Angling in, on a length, on middle, David Warner checks his shot and chips it to the right of mid off for a single.
0.4
Ruben Trumpelmann to David Warner, Big swing and a miss! Tailing in, on a hard length, over middle, David Warner clears his front leg and shapes up to go back over the bowler's head but gets beaten as the ball sneaks under the bat.
0.3
4
Ruben Trumpelmann to David Warner, FOUR! Short and punished! Too short from Ruben and offers width as well, on off, David Warner gets on his toes and reaches out to slap it between cover and mid off for the first boundary of the chase.
0.2
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Travis Head, Full and sliding on the pads, Travis Head flicks it through square leg and gets off the mark with a single.
0.1
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to David Warner, Oh, that was risky! Travis Head was gone for all money had the throw hit. Ruben Trumpelmann charges in from over the wicket and angles it in, on a good length, on middle and leg, David Warner just taps it in front of cover and calls Head through. Head responds but the fielder is in really tight and fires an underarm throw quickly. Head had given up there.
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01
st Innings Namibia
Welcome back for Australia's reply. Merwe Erasmus with some final words in the Namibian huddle before they disperse to take their places on the field. Out come the two Australian openers, Travis Head and David Warner. Ruben Trumpelmann will kickstart proceedings with the new ball for Namibia. Let's play…
… THE RUN CHASE …
Right then, Australia are just 73 runs away from securing their place in the Super 8 stage. As for Namibia, it's all about making Australia work hard for each of those runs and trying to salvage some pride in what has been a tough encounter. Back in a bit for the chase.
Josh Hazlewood is in for a chat. He says the wicket was good. Adds it was turning. Mentions he’s happy with the effort of the team. Says they have 15 members to pick from and rotation is important as there are back to back games. Ends by saying it is important to adapt to the conditions.
The Aussie bowling attack proved to be just too hot for Namibia to handle. After Merwe Erasmus's 36 and Michael van Lingen's 10, the next highest score was the 9 extras, which tells you everything you need to know about the African side's struggles with the bat. The ruthless pressure applied by the Australian bowlers left Namibia unable to find any rhythm, resulting in a dismal batting performance. Merwe Erasmus, taking as many as 17 balls to get off the mark, had a real struggle but hung in there for his side. Batting with Jack Brassell, he farmed the strike as much as he could and did a commendable job at it, providing some resistance in an otherwise one-way traffic. However, he fell on 36 and Ben Shikongo followed him into the hut soon after, resulting in Namibia failing to bat the full quota of 20 overs.
As dominant as a bowling effort can be! Australia have simply swept away the Namibian batting unit, skittling them out for just 72. As he has so often done, Josh Hazlewood set the tone with his immaculate lines and lengths, taking two wickets in his opening spell. Fellow pacers Pat Cummins and Nathan Ellis maintained relentless pressure, giving Namibia no breathing space whatsoever. Adam Zampa then joined the fray, making an immediate impact and ultimately removing Bernard Scholtz with the final ball of his spell, becoming the first male Australian bowler to reach 100 T20I wickets. Australia faced stiff resistance from the Namibian skipper, but when Stoinis was brought back into the attack, he removed Erasmus and struck again in the same over to close out the innings. Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers for Australia with figures of 4 for 12 from his 4 overs.
17
over
17 | 2 Runs | HH: 72/10
16.6
W
Marcus Stoinis to Ben Shikongo, OUT! THAT IS A FINE CATCH! End of the Namibian innings. They are all out for 72! On middle. Ben looks to flick but it goes off the leading edge as he closes the face of the bat early. David runs to his left from mid on, dives and takes it.
16.5
Marcus Stoinis to Ben Shikongo, A short one now on middle. Evaded.
16.4
Marcus Stoinis to Ben Shikongo, Fuller and on off. This is pushed to cover.
16.3
Marcus Stoinis to Ben Shikongo, On middle. A slower one. Kept out.
16.2
W
Marcus Stoinis to Merwe Erasmus, OUT! TAKEN! Erasmus falls. He fought a lone battle but now walks back. Fuller and on middle. Erasmus walks across and looks to heave it over the leg side but it is more off the lower half. Maxwell runs in from deep mid-wicket and takes a very good catch.
Ben Shikongo is the last man in.
16.2
1
Marcus Stoinis to Merwe Erasmus, WIDE! Goes full and wide outside off. Erasmus looks to jam it out but misses.
16.2
1
Marcus Stoinis to Merwe Erasmus, WIDE! Short and wide outside off. Erasmus looks to cut but misses. Wided.
16.1
Marcus Stoinis to Merwe Erasmus, Goes wide outside off. Erasmus looks to sweep but misses.
16
over
16 | 10 Runs | HH: 70/8
15.6
Pat Cummins to Jack Brassell, Negotiates the one ball he had to. A short one. Brassell watches it and lets it go.
15.5
1
Pat Cummins to Merwe Erasmus, Just the one this time! Shorter and on middle. Erasmus pulls it through square leg for one.
15.4
6
Pat Cummins to Merwe Erasmus, SIX! This time nails it. That is a strong hit. Shorter and on middle. He moves in this time and pulls it over the square leg fence.
15.3
2
Pat Cummins to Merwe Erasmus, Two! Outside off. Erasmus lifts it over cover for two more. He has placed the ball well. Found the gap again.
15.2
Pat Cummins to Merwe Erasmus, Outside off. Shorter. Erasmus looks to cut but chops it back to the bowler.
15.1
1
Pat Cummins to Jack Brassell, Brassell does his job! Fuller and around off. This is pushed through covers for one.
15
over
15 | 9 Runs | HH: 60/8
14.6
4
Nathan Ellis to Merwe Erasmus, FOUR! Uses the pace really well. A little edgy but he won't care! Shorter and around off. Erasmus looks to guide it down to third man but it goes off the top edge and down to the third man fence. Good over for Namibia.
14.5
Nathan Ellis to Merwe Erasmus, Sweet timing but no runs! Around off. Erasmus guides it but to point.
14.4
Nathan Ellis to Merwe Erasmus, Slower and fuller, around off. Erasmus looks to go over cover, it goes off the inner half back to the bowler.
14.3
4
Nathan Ellis to Merwe Erasmus, FOUR! Done in by the spin. A full toss on the pads. This is hit towards fine leg. Josh moves to his left but this spins away to his right after bounce and he fails to stop it.
14.2
Nathan Ellis to Merwe Erasmus, A yorker outside off. Erasmus fails to reach it.
14.1
1
Nathan Ellis to Jack Brassell, Full and on the pads. This is worked down to fine leg for one.
14
over
14 | 8 Runs | HH: 51/8
13.6
2
Josh Hazlewood to Merwe Erasmus, Two! Shorter and on middle. Erasmus pulls it through wide mid on. He takes two. Not sure why he ran two there! He gets off strike now. Fifty up for Namibia.
13.5
4
Josh Hazlewood to Merwe Erasmus, FOUR! Just short and Namibia are one short of fifty. Short and outside off. Erasmus yet again stays leg side of the delivery. He slaps it over cover and this goes for a one-bounce boundary.
13.4
Josh Hazlewood to Merwe Erasmus, Bangs it short this time and on middle. Erasmus looks to play the upper cut but misses.
13.3
2
Josh Hazlewood to Merwe Erasmus, Two! Well placed! Shortish and around off. This is slapped past cover. Wide of the sweeper. Two taken.
13.2
Josh Hazlewood to Merwe Erasmus, Does not take the run. He makes room again and hits it hard but straight to sweeper cover. No run taken.
13.1
Josh Hazlewood to Merwe Erasmus, Around off. Erasmus stays leg side and slaps it but to point.
Jack Brassell comes out to bat now. Also, Josh Hazlewood (3-0-10-2) returns to the attack.
13
over
13 | 7 Runs | HH: 43/8
12.6
W
Adam Zampa to Bernard Scholtz, OUT! TIMBER! Number 4 for Zampa. 100th T20I widket for him. A lovely googly, this lands outside off and spins back in. Scholtz doesn't pick it. He looks to drive but this goes between bat and pad and hits the off pole.
12.5
Adam Zampa to Bernard Scholtz, Slower and around off. Scholtz keeps it out towards cover.
Bernard Scholtz comes out to bat now.
12.4
W
Adam Zampa to Ruben Trumpelmann, OUT! Taken! Trumpelmann falls. Shortish and on middle. This skids through. Ruben looks to pull. It goes off the toe end and it is taken by Maxwell at deep mid-wicket. Zampa has his revenge.
12.3
6
Adam Zampa to Ruben Trumpelmann, SIX! That is a monster. Massive hit. A rare bad ball and it is put away. It needed to be put away. A full toss on middle. This is heaved over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
12.2
Adam Zampa to Ruben Trumpelmann, On off. This is pushed to cover.
12.1
1
Adam Zampa to Merwe Erasmus, Flatter and on off. This is guided towards point for one.
12
over
12 | 3 Runs | HH: 36/6
11.6
Nathan Ellis to Ruben Trumpelmann, Around off. This is pushed to cover.
11.5
Nathan Ellis to Ruben Trumpelmann, Full and outside off. Ruben looks to drive but misses.
11.4
1
Nathan Ellis to Merwe Erasmus, On the bounce! Shorter and on middle. Erasmus flat-bats it but it lands short of mid on for one.
11.3
Nathan Ellis to Merwe Erasmus, Goes short now and on middle. Erasmus looks to cut but misses.
11.2
Nathan Ellis to Merwe Erasmus, Outside off. This stays low. Erasmus looks to cut but misses.
11.1
2
Nathan Ellis to Merwe Erasmus, Lands safe! Around off. A slower one. Erasmus swings but is early in the shot. He hits it well enough to clear mid off. Two taken.
11
over
11 | 6 Runs | HH: 33/6
10.6
Adam Zampa to Ruben Trumpelmann, Dot to end! Fuller and on middle. This is hit back to the bowler.
10.5
1
Adam Zampa to Merwe Erasmus, Almost! This one drifts back in, it is the googly. Erasmus looks to defend but it goes off the inner half down to fine leg for one.
10.4
1
Adam Zampa to Ruben Trumpelmann, Around off. This is guided past point for one.
Ruben Trumpelmann comes in next.
10.3
W
Adam Zampa to David Wiese, OUT! TAKEN! Wiese holes out. Zampa has another one. Shorter and on middle. This one skids through. Wiese looks to pull. This goes off the splice down towards long on. Josh Hazlewood runs to his right, slides and takes a very good catch.
10.2
Adam Zampa to David Wiese, Around off. This is pushed towards cover.
10.1
4
Adam Zampa to David Wiese, STREAKY FOUR! That went quickly. Lucky boundary but Namibia won't care. Outside off. Fuller. Wiese goes after it. This spins and it comes off Matthew Wade's gloves and goes over first slip and down to the third man fence.
Drinks break! It has been all Australia in the first 10 overs and things do not seem to be getting any easier for Namibia. The Aussies have been relentless with their lines and lengths and have given absolutely nothing away. For Namibia, the onus is on these two experienced batters to breathe some life into the innings and take them to a total of some respect.
10
over
10 | 6 Runs | HH: 27/5
9.6
1
Pat Cummins to David Wiese, On the pads. This is clipped down to fine leg for one.
9.5
Pat Cummins to David Wiese, A good short one on the body. David evades it well.
9.4
Pat Cummins to David Wiese, Well bowled! Goes full. A yorker on middle. David looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
9.3
1
Pat Cummins to Merwe Erasmus, Goes short and on the body. This is pulled down to fine leg for one.
9.2
Pat Cummins to Merwe Erasmus, Shortish and around off. Erasmus guided it to point.
9.1
4
Pat Cummins to Merwe Erasmus, FOUR! Slammed away! That is a seriously good shot and Namibia need a lot of these. Outside off. Erasmus stands tall and slams it through covers. Lovely stroke.
9
over
9 | 2 Runs | HH: 21/5
8.6
Adam Zampa to David Wiese, Dot to end! On off. Flatter. This is pushed to cover.
David Wiese is in at number 7.
8.5
W
Adam Zampa to Zane Green, OUT! A loud appeal and the finger is raised. Half the side back in the hut for Namibia now. They are in all sorts of trouble. They continue to lose wickets and the runs are not coming too. Full and on middle. Green looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pad. That is as plumb as it gets.
8.4
Adam Zampa to Zane Green, Lovely nut! The googly, it lands around off and then spins away. Green is beaten as he looks to defend.
8.3
1
Adam Zampa to Merwe Erasmus, This time he does connect, it goes down to fine leg for one.
8.2
Adam Zampa to Merwe Erasmus, Wade put in a loud shout but not given! Australia review again. This though seems the impact was outside off and there was bat. NOT OUT! The impact is outside off. Did seem like that. This is tossed up around off. Erasmus looks to play the paddle sweep but does so by planting his front leg outside off.
8.1
1
Adam Zampa to Zane Green, Nicely played but only one! Full and on middle. Green plays the paddle sweep down to fine leg for one.
8
over
8 | 1 Runs | HH: 19/4
7.6
Nathan Ellis to Merwe Erasmus, Attacks the stumps with a full delivery, on off, Merwe Erasmus does not move his feet much but does enough to cover the line of the ball and defends it out. End of another successful over for Australia.
7.5
1
Nathan Ellis to Zane Green, Leg bye! Slides on the pads, on a short of a good length, Zane Green gets beaten for pace as the ball rolls off his pads on the leg side for a leg bye.
7.4
W
Nathan Ellis to JJ Smit, OUT! LBW! Brilliant review from Australia! Nathan Ellis was confident and the technology proved him right there. A big shout for LBW but this looks to be going down leg with the angle! Looks high as well. Steams in from over the wicket and angles it into the right-hander, on a good length, around the pads, JJ Smit stays rooted in his crease and looks to clip it away. Gets beaten on the inside edge and the ball strikes him high on the back pad. There is nothing on UltraEdge. But guess what? It is three reds on Ball Tracking. Namibia in complete disarray here.
7.3
Nathan Ellis to JJ Smit, Beauty! Shaping away, on a back of a length, in the corridor of off, JJ Smit has a fiddle at the delivery and gets beaten on the outside edge.
7.2
Nathan Ellis to JJ Smit, Takes pace off and keeps it full as well, in the channel of off, JJ Smit tries to get this one through the off side but the ball sneaks under the bat as the ball keeps a bit low.
7.1
Nathan Ellis to JJ Smit, Starts with a full delivery, on off, JJ Smit drives it without much timing to mid off.
7
over
7 | 1 Runs | HH: 18/3
6.6
Adam Zampa to Merwe Erasmus, Tidy start from Zampa, just a single off it. Turning away from the right-hander, short in length, Merwe Erasmus backs away too far and has to reach out. Mistimes the cut in front of cover-point.
6.5
Adam Zampa to Merwe Erasmus, Beaten! Gets a good purchase off the deck as the ball pops and it spins away a touch as well, outside off, on a nagging length, Merwe Erasmus goes for the cut but gets undone by the extra bounce as the ball sails over the bat.
6.4
Adam Zampa to Merwe Erasmus, Dishes out the googly and it skids as well, on middle and leg, Merwe Erasmus goes back and gets his bat out in front of the pads to push it to cover.
6.3
Adam Zampa to Merwe Erasmus, Floats it up, fulll and around off, Merwe Erasmus drives well but straight to cover.
6.2
1
Adam Zampa to JJ Smit, A bit of extra bounce, attacking the stumps, on a short length, JJ Smit works it wide of mid-wicket for one.
6.1
Adam Zampa to JJ Smit, Starts off from over the wicket and gets a hint of away turn, on a nagging length, outside off, JJ Smit gets on the back foot and turns it to square leg.
6
over
6 | 1 Runs | HH: 17/3
5.6
Marcus Stoinis to Merwe Erasmus, Merwe Erasmus is struggling big time out there! The Namibian skipper has faced 10 balls but he is yet to open his account. Gets the ball to skid through does Stoinis, on a hard length, around middle and leg, Merwe Erasmus makes room for himself to go through the off side but the ball zips through and beats the bat.
5.5
Marcus Stoinis to Merwe Erasmus, Make that 9 balls! Delivers it on a short of a good length, on middle, Merwe Erasmus uses his feet and taps it down on the off side in front of cover.
5.4
Marcus Stoinis to Merwe Erasmus, At 130.8 kph, on a back of a length, angling in, on middle and leg, Merwe Erasmus backs away and opens up his front hip but can only push it back to the bowler. 8 balls faced but Erasmus is yet to get off the mark.
5.3
Marcus Stoinis to Merwe Erasmus, Bends his back and digs it in short, over middle, Merwe Erasmus ducks and lets it go through to the keeper.
5.2
1
Marcus Stoinis to JJ Smit, Serve it on a hard length, at the hips, JJ Smit gets on his toes and glances it down to deep fine leg for a single.
5.1
Marcus Stoinis to JJ Smit, Angles it around the pads, on a nagging length, JJ Smit plays all around it and gets beaten on the inside edge as the ball thuds his pads.
5
over
5 | 1 Runs | HH: 16/3
4.6
Josh Hazlewood to Merwe Erasmus, Top stuff from Josh Hazlewood, a wicket and just a single off it. Angling in, on a good length, outside off, Merwe Erasmus shuffles across and looks to drive it back past the bowler. The ball nips back in and catches the inside edge as it deflects back onto the pads.
4.5
Josh Hazlewood to Merwe Erasmus, Much fuller from Josh Hazlewood, around off and middle, Merwe Erasmus presents a full face of the bat and pushes it off the front foot to mid off.
4.4
Josh Hazlewood to Merwe Erasmus, Slanting in again but a touch fuller, on off, Merwe Erasmus accounts for the inward angle and keeps it out on the off side.
4.3
Josh Hazlewood to Merwe Erasmus, Comes from wide of the crease on the over-the-wicket angle and angles it in, on a back of a length, on off, Merwe Erasmus covers the line of the ball nicely and defends it down the deck.
4.2
1
Josh Hazlewood to JJ Smit, Hurls it on a length and it is around off, JJ Smit pokes at the delivery and gets it off the outer half of the bat to deep third for a single to open his account.
JJ Smit comes out to the middle now.
4.1
W
Josh Hazlewood to Michael van Lingen, OUT! GONE! Glenn Maxwell takes it on the second attempt and Josh Hazlewood has his second. Namibia in more trouble. Hazlewood steams in from around the wicket and bangs it away on a hard length, in the channel on off, Michael van Lingen extends his hands and pushes at the delivery with hard hands. Gets a thickish outside edge that flies straight to backward point. Glenn Maxwell does not seem to pick it early but gets his hands in the right position in front of his face. The ball pops out but falls kindly for him to have the second grab and he does the rest.
4
over
4 | Runs | HH: 15/2
3.6
Pat Cummins to Merwe Erasmus, Pat Cummins starts with a wicket-maiden! Shaping into the right-hander, around off, on a back of a length, Merwe Erasmus shuffles across a bit and taps it with a straight bat towards mid off.
3.5
Pat Cummins to Merwe Erasmus, Dishes it out on a hard length with two slips in place, on off, Merwe Erasmus gets on top of the bounce nicely and blocks it out on the off side.
The captain of Namibia, Merwe Erasmus walks out to bat.
3.4
W
Pat Cummins to Jan Frylinck, OUT! STRAIGHT TO THE FIELDER! Immediate impact for Pat Cummins! Goes fuller in length and attacks the stumps does Cummins. Having faced three dots in a row, Jan Frylinck uses his feet and tries to ease the pressure off. Looks to go over mid off but gets this one right off the toe-end of the bat and it low and flat towards Mitchell Marsh who makes no mistake.
3.3
Pat Cummins to Jan Frylinck, Three dots to start with! Shaping in a touch, on a back of a length, on middle, Jan Frylinck clears his front leg and goes for a hack across the line. Gets it off the inner half of the bat and it rolls down to mid-wicket.
3.2
Pat Cummins to Jan Frylinck, This is on a tighter line, on a length, on the off pole, Jan Frylinck covers the line of the ball and pushes it in front of cover.
3.1
Pat Cummins to Jan Frylinck, Comes into the attack and charges in from over the wicket does Cummins. Angles it away, on a length, outside off, Jan Frylinck gets his weight on the front foot and drives it towards cover-point.
3
over
3 | 2 Runs | HH: 15/1
2.6
1
Josh Hazlewood to Jan Frylinck, Honing in, on off, on a back of a length, Jan Frylinck waits on it and steers it with an open bat face to deep third to get off the mark with a single.
2.5
Josh Hazlewood to Jan Frylinck, Lands it on a shortish length, on off, Jan Frylinck hops back and rides the bounce to keep it out on the off side.
Jan Frylinck is in at number 3.
2.4
W
Josh Hazlewood to Niko Davin, OUT! TAKEN! Josh Hazlewood strikes early! Niko Davin never looked comfortable and he departs now. Bowls it in the channel on off, on a short of a good length, Niko Davin gives himself room by moving to the leg side and tries to thrash it through the off side. Gets a good chunk of it but hits it aerially and straight to backward point. Glenn Maxwell takes a sharp reverse cup catch in front of his face.
2.3
Josh Hazlewood to Niko Davin, Angling in, on a hard length, on middle and leg, Niko Davin goes deep in his crease and clears his front leg to have a swipe across the line but gets undone by the extra bounce and gets hit near the waist.
2.2
Josh Hazlewood to Niko Davin, Beaten! Just outside the off-stump, a bit of nibble away from the right-hander, on a good length, Niko Davin goes for the cut but the ball is too close to his body and it zips past the bat.
2.1
1
Josh Hazlewood to Michael van Lingen, Good running! At 131.8 kph, full and around the off-stump line, Michael van Lingen pushes it with a straight bat in front of Mitchell Marsh at mid off and scampers across for a quick single.
2
over
2 | 6 Runs | HH: 13/0
1.6
1
Marcus Stoinis to Michael van Lingen, Pulls the length back after being hit for four on the previous ball and this is around middle, Michael van Lingen rides the bounce well and pulls it to deep backward square leg for a single.
1.5
4
Marcus Stoinis to Michael van Lingen, FOUR! Lovely shot! Pitched up by Stoinis and it swings back into the left-hander, on middle and leg, Michael van Lingen clears his front leg and drives it to the right of mid on for a boundary.
1.4
Marcus Stoinis to Michael van Lingen, At 127.2 kph, on a short of a good length, in the corridor of off, Michael van Lingen swivels and drags the pull straight to mid-wicket.
1.3
Marcus Stoinis to Michael van Lingen, Angling away from the left-hander, on a good length, on off, Michael van Lingen punches it firmly but picks out the man at cover.
1.2
1
Marcus Stoinis to Niko Davin, Miscued in the air but safe! Drags his length back and bowls it over middle, Niko Davin's weight stays on the back foot and he tries to flat bat it back over the bowler's head. Hits it uppishly but it lands safely to the left of mid on for one.
1.1
Marcus Stoinis to Niko Davin, Gets a hint of away shape first up does Marcus Stoinis, on a hard length, on off, Niko Davin hangs back and defends it with a straight bat.
Who will bowl from the other end? It will be Marcus Stoinis.
1
over
1 | 7 Runs | HH: 7/0
0.6
4
Josh Hazlewood to Michael van Lingen, FOUR! Edged away! On a back of a length and in the channel on off, Michael van Lingen throws his hands at it and gets an outside edge that flies over first slip for the first boundary of the game.
0.5
Josh Hazlewood to Michael van Lingen, Bowls it too wide on off, short as well, Michael van Lingen tries to cash in on the width as he looks to slap it away but fails to get any bat on it.
0.4
1
Josh Hazlewood to Niko Davin, Niko Davin gets off the mark. First runs off the bat for Namibia. This is on a short of a good length and offers width as well, on off, Niko Davin reaches out and cuts it to deep backward point for a single.
0.3
Josh Hazlewood to Niko Davin, Hits the hard length again and gets the ball to skid through, on middle, Niko Davin gets beaten for pace as he shapes up to pull but the ball hits him high on the bat and rolls on the off side.
0.3
2
Josh Hazlewood to Michael van Lingen, TWO WIDES! Matthew Wade does well to get a hand to it! Switches to around the wicket but slips it down leg, on a back of a length, Michael van Lingen swings but misses. Wade flings to his right and gets his right mitt to it. The batters cross as the ball rolls off the gloves towards short fine leg. Namibia are underway through extras!
0.2
Josh Hazlewood to Michael van Lingen, Play and a miss! A bit too short and angling away, wide on off, Michael van Lingen pushes at it tentatively and gets beaten on the outside edge.
0.1
Josh Hazlewood to Michael van Lingen, Starts right on the money, as always! Charges in from over the wicket and lands it on a nagging length, on middle and leg, Michael van Lingen misses out as he tries to clip it away and gets hit on the body.
We are done with the pre-match formalities. Oh no, out of nowhere, it has started to drizzle a bit, and the ground staff are coming on with the covers. There is a constant breeze blowing across, which should blow away the rain and the Australian players are hanging around, a sign that it is just a mizzle. A couple of minutes later, it has stopped raining and the covers have been taken off. All good to go then. It will be Niko Davin and Michael van Lingen to open the innings for Namibia. Josh Hazlewood will start with the new ball for Australia. Away we go…
Before we get underway, the match officials and the two sets of players, along with their mascots, will line up for the national anthems. It will be the national anthem of Namibia first, followed by Australia's national anthem.
PITCH REPORT – Danny Morrison is near the deck. He starts by saying that it is the same pitch as the last game played at this venue. Adds that a nice breeze is blowing across the ground. Tells that 65 metres and 67 metres are the dimensions of the square boundaries with a 75-metre hit down the ground. Aaron Finch joins him and says that it looks like a good wicket. States that it does not have a huge amount of grass but it is a hard wicket. Reckons that taking pace off will be the key on this surface. Opines that Adam Zampa will be the one to watch out for on this strip and feels that bowling stump-to-stump will be the way to go.
The skipper of Namibia, Merwe Erasmus says that they would have bowled first as well. States that it looks like a good wicket. Informs that they have made three changes. Says that he is excited for Jack Brassell. Ends by saying that they will give their best shot and hope to create an upset.
The captain of Australia, Mitchell Marsh says that they will bowl first. Tells that it looks like a nice wicket. Informs that they have made one change with Nathan Ellis coming in for Mitchell Starc. Adds that Starc did not pull up well after the last game. Shares that they are looking forward to this game and that they will try to qualify with a win here.
Namibia (Playing XI) – Niko Davin, Michael van Lingen (In for JP Kotze), Jan Frylinck, Merwe Erasmus (C), JJ Smit, Zane Green (WK), David Wiese, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz, Jack Brassell (In for Tangeni Lungamene), Ben Shikongo (In for Malan Kruger).
Australia (Playing XI) – David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (C), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade(WK), Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis (In for Mitchell Starc), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
TOSS – Australia have won the toss and they have opted to BOWL first.
Namibia on the other hand, have played two, won one and lost one. The game in which they emerged victorious was against Oman in a Super Over. The game they lost, they played well for most parts but lost it towards the end with the ball. They’ll need to be at their clinical best if they are to cause an upset here. A win will see them keep their hopes alive of going through to the next round. The two sides faced off in a practice game before the tournament began in which the Australians stormed to a win. This though has been a tournament of upsets and we can’t rule out another here. Toss and teams in a bit.
The Aussies are back in action today as they go up against the Namibians. The Australians are at the top in their group winning two out of two and another win here will seal their spot into the next round. They are massive favourites yet again to make it three wins in a row and anything other than an Australian win will be considered as a massive upset. They have been at their dominant best so far in the tournament and Marsh would hope his team could continue to do so.
… MATCH DAY …
The 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup has witnessed a dominance of bowlers, with batters struggling to come to terms with the challenging conditions. However, Australia has been an exception, as they are the only team to have successfully crossed the 200-run barrier in this tournament so far. While most teams have faltered in their pursuit of big scores, the Australian batting lineup has displayed remarkable adaptability. Having played their first couple of games in Barbados, now they travel to Antigua to lock horns with Namibia in match number 24 in a Group B contest. After securing a thrilling Super Over victory in their opening game against Oman, Namibia has faced a slight setback with their defeat to Scotland. However, they are determined to bounce back and pose a formidable challenge to the tournament's strongest contenders and the frontrunners, Australia. The Aussies put on a fine display of controlled aggression with the bat against arch rivals England in their previous encounter and on a pitch where the average score was about 150, they surpassed the 200-run mark with contributions throughout the batting line-up. No one even scored a half-century but all of them made useful contributions. On the bowling front, it was once again Adam Zampa who weaved his magic with the ball and the others rallied behind him as well. Mitchell Starc was a bit off colour with the ball but made up for it in the field and took a couple of crucial catches as well. The addition of Pat Cummins was a positive change as his change ups worked brilliantly on the Barbados wicket. Namibia on the other hand have been decent so far in the tournament, they won a gut-wrenching game against Oman in the Super Over but after putting up a score of 150-plus, they were blown away by Scotland in their previous game and now this clash against Australia becomes a must win encounter for them. Skipper Gerhard Erasmus will be key for them with the bat and might come in handy with the ball as well. Ruben Trumpelmann will be eager to exploit the new ball whereas Bernand Scholtz will have to do the heavy lifting with his spin bowling. As usual, David Wiese gives them that additional option with both bat and ball but having faced Australia in a warm-up game prior to the tournament and getting decimated in that game, Namibia will have to be at their very best if they are to notch up a famous win here. Can the minnows topple the ODI World Champions? Or will Australia book their spot in the Super Eights? We shall find out.