An all-around display from Sri Lanka was too much for Namibia to handle, with Dasun Shanaka’s men beating the Associate side by seven wickets. Spinner Mahesh Theekshana was primarily responsible for bamboozling the Namibian batting line-up, who didn’t find any rhythm all innings, collapsing to 96 all out inside 20 overs.
A brief stutter at the start of the innings from Sri Lanka in the chase looked like it had given Namibia a faint glimmer of hope.
Ruben Trumplemann, Bernard Scholtz and JJ Smit each picked up a wicket to send Sri Lanka’s top three on their way, but just when Mickey Arthur and his side began to get tingly, along came a fourth-wicket partnership to resume normal service.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Avishka Fernando added 74 for the fourth wicket, easing to their target with 39 balls to spare.
Summarized scores: Sri Lanka 100 for 3 (Rajapaksa 42*, Fernando 30*) beat Namibia 96 (Craig Williams 29, Theekshana 3-25, Kumara 2-9) by seven wickets