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Erasmus ton leads Namibia to landslide victory over Oman |

Gerhard Erasmus helped his side recover 53 for 7 to post a total of 226, which set up a 110-point victory.

A first century ODI for Namibian captain Gerhard Erasmus saw his side earn an improbable and emphatic win over Oman, recovering 53-for-7 to post a tally of 226 to claim a 110-point win in the second game of the eighth CWC. Trilateral series of Ligue 2 in the UAE.

Omani fit tailors Kaleemullah and Bilal Khan strove early to tear Namibia’s top order apart, but Erasmus rallied first with support from Nicol Loftie-Eaton and then Bernhard Scholtz, hitting a 121 acceleration from 120 ball to lead his team to a competitive 225. Oman wavered in the chase as Namibia’s own seam attack came on, and despite a stubborn 99 ball 43 from substitute skipper Khawar Ali, there was no recovery as Oman pulled away collapsed to 116 all over.

Although the ‘Australian’ pitch at the ICC Academy Ground is generally more useful for pacing bowling than typical area decks, there was little on the green-tinted surface to indicate that fast bowlers would take a collective of 16 wickets for only 188 runs. during both rounds. Erasmus had indeed chosen to beat first. He may have questioned himself by the time he found himself down to four in the 9th, with Craig Williams cutting Kaleemullah’s promising innings early and Stephan Baard from 26 finished by Bilal Khan. Erasmus saw Michael van Lingen collapse in the same way in the next one, although perhaps a less clear-cut decision.

What followed was even darker on the non-striking side, where Erasmus had to watch Bilal tear up the Namibian midfield order in the space of four balls First a perfect inswinger through the door did for JJ Smit , then David Wiese similarly lost his stump for a first duck ball. Ruben Trumplemann survived the hat-trick ball but not the next one, battered for pace and rushed the draw, edging the deep back square. At 43-6 the Namibian innings were collapsing, and when three overs later Nester Dhamba hit with his first pitch to pin Jan Frylink on the crease, it began to look like the game wouldn’t last until lunch .

Erasmus dug in, however, and with Loftie-Eaton he set up a stabilizing half-century partnership to take his three-digit party by the 30th. His counterpart severed the partnership at exactly fifty, as Loftie-Eaton was tossed his pads for 21, and at 103 for 8, even respectability seemed a long way off.

Number 10 Bernhard Scholtz kept his company as captain almost to the end, with the pair gaining confidence as frustration crept into the Oman side. Erasmus was dropped three times on the way to its first century in a full ODI, and made Oman pay dearly for A daring reverse sweep from Ayaan Khan for four in the 44th, followed by a beautiful swollen drive on the floor for six signaled the charge and as Erasmus reached his century , pushing Mohammad Nameem too long to hit triple digits , the momentum was all with Namibia. Scholtz’s own contribution of 30 from 52 was almost as impressive under the circumstances, and the number 10 was cheered off the field when he finally sacrificed his wicket in the final, crossing a wide that was already in the keeper’s gloves to give the strike to Erasmus for the last balls. Together the pair had added 121 runs – the third-highest ninth wicket partnership in the men’s ODIs.

It was a deflated Omani side who set off in pursuit of the 227-point target, and the Namibian seam attack quickly took over. Jatinder Singh clipped Trumplemann’s second ball to his stumps, and Kashyap Prajapati clipped an indifferent delivery from Wiese directly. to Williams on the cover three overs later. Ayaan Khan went in the next from Wiese, playing across the line and trapped dead in front on the first ball of the seventh to leave Oman shocked 22 for 3. The pressure continued to mount as Nadeem and Shoaib Khan were first was just looking to survive and Shoaib’s first effort to break the shackles resulted in an awkward heave across the line at JJ Smit, floating towards Trumplemann halfway through. Jan Frylinck’s introduction brought a reward with his fourth ball, straightening the seam and sending Nadeem through the door.

Khawar Ali, skipper of the team in Zeeshan Maqsood’s absence, needed a captaincy shot to match that of Erasmus, and it briefly looked like he could match it. Along with Sandeep Goud, he added 43 for the next wicket even as the required number The pace kept increasing. But he found no support in the lower order. With the last ball of 29, Smit had Goud LBW for 17, and Naseem Khushi lasted just six balls before handing Tangeni Lungameni a well-deserved first wicket ODI guiding a Lungameni removed Dhamba’s stump on the last ball from the 37th to narrowly finish as the pick of the uniformly excellent Namibian seam attack with numbers of 2-14 in 8 overs.

Eight down and still a sub-triple-digit run, Oman was almost gone, and despite a few defiant jabs from Kaleemullah, who hit first and only six of the innings before breaking through Frylinck, there was no room for Ali’s heroism. The Oman captain himself was last out, beating Michael van Lingen’s first ball by 43, while his side were only eliminated by 110.

The loss will put a dent in Oman’s confidence as they seek to secure their position at the top of the Ligue 2 table, still well ahead of the pack with 32 points but having now played two-thirds of their 36 matches. still have the bulk of their campaign ahead of them, this is only their 10th game in the competition. Currently tied with the UAE in fourth place on 12 points, one of the two will have a chance to break into the top three when they meet in Oman will have a few days to reflect before their revenge against the hosts on Wednesday.


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