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JJ Smit takes Namibia first-ever T20 World Cup wicket in Abu Dhabi on October 18, 2021. — ICC
JJ Smit takes Namibia first-ever T20 World Cup wicket in Abu Dhabi on October 18, 2021. — ICC

Namibia took their first-ever T20 World Cup wicket on Monday as they kicked off their marketing campaign towards Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, ending almost 20 years within the elite cricketing wilderness since showing within the 50-overs showpiece in 2003.

Namibia’s first wicket got here as Ruben Trumpelmann bowled Kusal Perera and JJ Smit took a tremendous catch, because the Sri Lankan’s bat got here slight throughout the road.

Spinners Maheesh Theekshana and Wanindu Hasaranga claimed 5 wickets to assist Sri Lanka dismiss debutants Namibia for 96 in spherical one of many event.

Theekshana struck together with his first ball and returned figures of 3-25 following Sri Lanka’s determination to bowl within the second Group A encounter of the day in Abu Dhabi.

Theekshana, a thriller spinner, was ably supported by Hasaranga’s leg-spin.

Craig Williams together with his 29, skipper Gerhard Erasmus, 20, and JJ Smit, unbeaten on 12, had been the one three batsmen to handle double figures.

Tempo bowler Lahiru Kumara struck twice and returned to wrap up the innings with a wicket and a run out from Pathum Nissanka as Namibia had been bowled out in 19.3 overs.

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