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Nicolaas Scholtz picks up five in Namibia win

Canada batting struggled to cope with pressure exerted by Namibia bowlers

Nicolaas Scholtz picks up five in Namibia win - Cricket News
Nicolaas Scholtz stars in Namibia win.
Namibia defeated Canada by seven wickets in a Group A encounter in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday (November 23). 
 
Asked to bat in the 46th match of the tournament, Canada couldn't come to terms with a relentless Namibian bowling attack and was all out for 117 in 20 overs. Despite a hiccup at the start, Namibia pulled off the chase to win its third match in the competition. 
 
“Very happy with the win. We dragged it out a little bit, we took bit more caution than normal with chances of Duckworth Lewis coming in with a bit of rain," said Sarel Burger, Namibia's captain, afterwards.
 
When it started, Canada lost Rizwan Cheema (15) in the second over. Ruvindu Gunasekera and Hiral Patel then stabilised the innings with a 32-run partnership for the second wicket before Patel was run out for 16. Gunasekera was dismissed by Bernard Scholtz for 25, the bowler then coming back to dismiss Ashish Bagai in the 13th over. Canada was left reeling at 79 for 4 at that stage. 
 
Jimmy Hansra (23) and Raza-ur-Rehman (9) put together 30 runs for the fifth wicket before Nicholaas Scholtz ripped through Canada's lower order with a spell of 5 for 13 in three overs, ending Canada's innings for a paltry total. 
 
"It was Nicolaas Scholtz’s maiden five-wicket haul. He is very excited about it. He had been working very hard before the tournament and been duly rewarded. It is the first five-wicket haul for him and the second for the tournament, so I am very happy for him,” said Burger. 
 
Namibia was on track during its chase despite losing Louis van der Westhuizen off the second ball of the match. Raymond van Schoor and Burger, the captain, shared a partnership of 46 runs for the second wicket before vam Schoor was run out for 58. Craig Williams then put up 62 runs in 9.3 overs with Burger before Hiral Patel bowled Burger for 14. Williams was unbeaten for 37 as he hit two back-to-back boundaries to take Namibia over the line. 
 
Canada will face Italy on Sunday in its final group stage match, while Namibia will face Uganda on the same day.
 
“The net run rate is always difficult factor in these circumstances, but I think at the end of the day we are not worrying about it too much at this stage. Our first priority is to keep the momentum going forward and make sure we win the game,” said Burger said about facing Uganda. 

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