Namibia beats Zimbabwe to win historic T20I series

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 30: A Cricket ball is seen lying on the pitch as mist and a wet outfield delay play during the Plunket Shield match between Canterbury and Wellington on March 30, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Namibia defeated Zimbabwe by 32 runs in the fifth and final match of their T20I series in Bulawayo to claim a 3-2 series victory, its first series win against a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Zimbabwe is one of only two full members of the ICC in Africa, along with South Africa, and 12 globally.

A full member is a governing body for cricket of a country recognized by the ICC, or nations associated for cricket purposes, or a geographical area, from which representative teams are qualified to play official Test matches.

Craig Williams top scored for Namibia with 48 runs as the visitors posted 127-8 and Gerhard Erasmus managed figures of 2 for nine, the best among Namibia’s bowlers.

As for Zimbabwe’s reply, Tony Munyonga led the way with 28 as the hosts were bowled out for just 95, their second-lowest T20I total. Wessley Madhevere, Zimbabwe’s top batter in the series, and Luke Jongwe took 2-15 and 2-16, respectively, while Brad Evans grabbed his first T20 wicket.

The Eagles’ win further cements the progress Namibia has made in the cricket format becoming Africa’s second-best team, behind South Africa.

They also secured automatic qualification for the first stage of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia which starts in October.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)