Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Namibia were eliminated from the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia following their defeat to the United Arab Emirates in the final match of Group A in the first round on Thursday.

As a result, Netherlands entered the Super-12 stage as the second team from the group. Netherlands lost their third and final game of the first round to Sri Lanka and thus their fate depended on the result of the game between UAE and Namibia. 

The Dutch team’s players were eagerly waiting for the result of the match. As it went in their favour, there was nothing to hold their joy and celebration. The Dutch players jumped in a huddle, cheering for their entry into the main event of the T20 World Cup Down Under.

Had Namibia won the match, it would have meant an end to Netherlands’ campaign in the mega event. Namibia would have entered the Super-12 stage on the basis of a better net run rate after equalling on points with the Dutch.

Sri Lanka have already advanced to the Super-12 stage of the mega event with a victory over Netherlands in their final game of the first round.