Namibia falls short of UAE's 263 by 36 runs in final Super Six fixture
United Arab Emirates defeated Namibia by 36 runs at the Mainpower Oval in Rangiora on Thursday (January 30) in a Super Six match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2013-14. UAE was bowled out for 263 but restricted Namibia to 227 for 9 to top the table with eight points and book a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be held in Australia and New Zealand. UAE will now make its second appearance at the World Cup, having played in the 1996 edition.
Opting to bat first, UAE lost Salman Faris, caught behind off JJ Smit, in the second over of the day. Amjad Ali was then joined by Khurram Khan, the UAE captain, and the pair added 100 runs in 22.1 overs before Sarel Burger dismissed both before they could reach their half-centuries. Louis Klazinga caught Ali (46) while Xander Pitchers caught Khurram (49), before Rohan Mustafa too was sent back to the dressing room, becoming the first of Klazinga's five victims.
With UAE in a spot of bother at 131 for 4, Shaiman Anwar and Swapnil Patil, the wicketkeeper, got together to consolidate the innings before Anwar fell for 47. Vikrant Shetty and Patil added 38 runs before Klazinga accounted for Shetty, and Patil was caught and bowled off Christi Viljoen for 38. Klazinga then had Amjad Javed caught behind for 20. It was left to Kamran Shazad and Mohammad Naveed to add 24 runs in nine balls for the ninth wicket before Klazinga picked up the last two wickets to finish with career-best figures of 5 for 36.
In reply, Namibia got off to a brisk start as Pitchers and LP van der Westhuizen added 35 runs for the opening stand before the pair fell to Amjad Javed in a space of five runs.
Burger, the Namibia captain, tried to rebuild the innings, adding 40 runs with Craig Williams before Khurram had Williams stumped for 15. In company of Nicolaas Scholtz, Burger then stitched a partnership of 53 runs – the highest of the innings – before Javed dismissed Scholtz for his third wicket.
Gerrie Snyman joined Burger in the middle for a 36-run stand, but disaster struck when Manjula Guruge sent Burger back for 54. Snyman and Gerhard Erasmus made a case with a seventh-wicket stand of 46 runs but with the required run-rate climbing up, the game slipped out of Namibia’s reach.