Erasmus smashes 77 to help Namibia down UAE

Namibia 274 for 6 (Erasmus 77, Burger 57*) beat United Arab Emirates 272 for 7 (Mustafa 96. Shabber 71, Frylinck 3-37) by four wickets

Two days after being bowled out for 89 by UAE, Namibia bounced back against the same opponents, chasing down 273 with seven balls to spare in Windhoek. After Namibia were reduced to 130 for 5, their captain Sarel Burger hit an unbeaten half-century, and added 96 for the sixth wicket with Gerhard Erasmus to put his team back on course. Eventually Burger shepherded his team to a four-wicket win with assistance from JJ Smit’s 13-ball cameo of 22 towards the back end of the innings.

Having elected to bat first, UAE put up a strong performance to post 272, and may have scored more if it wasn’t for left-arm pacer Jan Frylinck. UAE were comfortably poised at 251 for 2 in 45 overs when Frylinck bowled half-centurion Shaiman Anwar, and he then conceded only one run and took two more wickets in the 50th over. UAE managed to add only 21 runs in their last five overs, for the loss of five wickets.

That UAE had such a strong platform to build on, though, was courtesy opener Rohan Mustafa‘s 113-ball 96 and wicketkeeper Ghulam Shabber‘s 71-ball 71, but their total was eventually just not enough.

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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