T20 World Cup: Namibia reach Super 12s as Ireland knocked out

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ICC Men's T20 World Cup Sharjah Cricket Ground Ireland 125-8 (20 runs): Stirling 38 (24), O'Brien 24 (24); Frylinck 3--21 Namibia 126-2 (18.3overs) Erasmus 53* (49) Namibia won with eight wickets Scorecard

Ireland were eliminated from the Men's T20 World Cup when Namibia won a shocking eight-wicket victory in Sharjah. This allowed Namibia to reach the Super 12s.

After Paul Stirling's death for 38, Ireland labored from 62-0 up to 125-8.

Gerhard Erasmus, Namibia's captain, hit 53 out of 49 balls. David Wiese scored an unbeaten 28 off 14 to win with nine balls remaining.

Namibia is playing in the first T20 World Cup. They are the lowest-ranked side.

They were runners-up in group A and join India, Pakistan New Zealand, Afghanistan, Scotland, and New Zealand in Group 2 of Super 12s.

Sri Lanka beat the Netherlands by 44 runs in an eight-wicket victory in Sharjah on Friday, to confirm their status in Group A.

Ireland and Namibia are breaking new ground

Namibia's associate team beat a Test side in this historic win. They will now be part of the elite group in the next phase.

They had never won a T20 or 50 over World Cup game before this week. They now have two wins in three days after beating the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Wiese, a former South Africa all-rounder and player of the match at 36 years old, said that it was overwhelming.

"I don’t think I deserve to be here. Gerhard Erasmus is the man of match for that innings.

"It was an incredible captain's knock under stress. He has his moment today.

Namibia was not in the main draw for a T20 World Cup.

Erasmus, who has been playing for Namibia since 2011, stated: "We are small cricketing nations and we are proud of that." It is a great achievement. It is a great achievement.

Namibia's success also secured them a place at the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.

Ireland was left to rue their failure to reach the fifth consecutive T20 World Cup.

"The lads have been devastated. It hurts a lot," Captain Andrew Balbirnie stated.

It is very difficult to accept. It will take some time to get over it."

Erasmus bowled, but the bails remain on

Erasmus also batted in an unbroken stand with Wiese of 53 runs. However, he was lucky to survive when, at 34, he was struck by Craig Young's delivery. The delivery clipped his stump but didn't knock the bails off.

It probably wouldn't have been important with Namibia winning for most of the match.

Ireland was unable to overcome Kevin O'Brien and Stirling, who powered Ireland to the highest powerplay total in the tournament (55-0), as both were caught in deep in consecutive runs.

Wiese was 2-22, Jan Frylinck was 3-21. They mixed up their pace with a slow pitch.

Namibia began slowly in their chase but Wiese made consecutive leg-side sixes to win the match in the 15th.

Sri Lanka progressed, however, with a 100% record in the group. They beat the Netherlands to reach the sixth lowest total of T20 international history. The chase was completed in just 7.1 overs.

Ryan ten Doeschate was omitted from the Netherlands side, signaling the end to his career. The 41-year old Essex all-rounder had said he would retire at tournament's end.