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Namibia Women Make Historic Comeback To Put Their Name In The Record Book

Namibia Women managed to defend the second-lowest total in the WT20I history, which hadn’t any shortened over.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 24.04.2022
Namibia Women Make Historic Comeback To Put Their Name In The Record Book

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The last Saturday (23rd April) was very hard for Namibia Women but they ended the day with an extraordinary comeback that also established them into one of the top Women’s T20I record books. The Capricorn Eagles managed to defend the second-lowest total in the WT20I history, which hadn’t any shortened over.

Namibia Women played two WT20Is on that same day. At first, Zimbabwe Women thrashed them by seven wickets after bundling them out for just 41 runs. It was their lowest WT20I total, while their previous record in that book was 60 all out against the same team at Walvis Bay on 10th January 2019.

Namibia Women – 68 all out vs Uganda Women - 40 all out


The Capricorn Eagles played their second game of the day against Uganda Women. Once again, Namibia Women batters failed to impress as they were bowled out for just 68 runs in 15.2 overs. In that innings, only the opener Sune Wittmann (10), no.8 batter Dietlind Foerster (19*) and Sylvia Shihepo (14) managed to reach the double-digit scores.

However, Uganda Women failed to chase the 69 runs target in 20 overs as they were bundled out for just 40 runs in 12.1 overs. Namibia Women won that game by a handsome margin of 28 runs.

While Namibia Women managed to successfully defend their 68 runs total in the full 20-over game, it was the second-lowest successfully defended total in an uninterrupted WT20I match. Bangladesh Women are holding the record of the lowest successfully defended total in this same list with 62 runs against Sri Lanka Women at Guangzhou on 28th October 2012.

Lowest defended totals in WT20I history (only matches with no reduced over)


Total (Overs)


Victory margin



Bangladesh Women

62 (18)

Sri Lanka Women

5 runs


28th October 2012

Namibia Women

68 (15.2)

Uganda Women

28 runs


23rd April 2022

Nepal Women

77/9 (20)

China Women

5 runs


25th February 2019

India Women

81 (20)

Pakistan Women

18 runs


31st October 2012

Samoa Women

82/7 (20)

Vanuatu Women

17 runs

Apia (No 4)

12th July 2019


Phiona Kulume – recorded joint 8th best WT20I bowling figures

During that impressive second innings of the WT20I match, Sune Wittmann bagged five wickets (4-0-10-5) and Irene van Zyl collected three wickets (3.1-0-15-3) to end their opposition’s hope. Only the number three batter Janet Mbabazi (12) managed to reach the double-digit score for Uganda Women in that horrific chasing.

However, the 17-year-old Uganda Women bowler Phiona Kulume won the Player of the Match award in that game as she had the bowling figures of 4-0-11-6. Those bowling figures were the joint eighth best bowling figures in WT20I history.  

Best bowling figures in WT20I history

Player (Team)

Bowling figures




Frederique Overdijk (Netherlands Women)


France Women


26th August 2021

Anjali Chand (Nepal Women)


Maldives Women


2nd December 2019

Mas Elysa (Malaysia Women)


China Women


16th January 2019

Shameelah Mosweu (Botswana Women)


Mozambique Women

Gaborone (Oval 1)

10th September 2021

Botsogo Mpedi (Botswana Women)


Lesotho Women

Gaborone (Oval 1)

20th August 2018

Nary Thapa (Nepal Women)


Hong Kong Women


24th February 2019

Zon Lin (Myanmar Women)


Indonesia Women


13th January 2019

Esther Mbofana (Zimbabwe Women)


Eswatini Women

Gaborone (Oval 1)

11th September 2021

Phiona Kulume (Uganda Women)


Namibia Women


23rd April 2022

Sarah Wetoto (Kenya Women)


Namibia Women


12th June 2021

Amy Satterthwait (New Zealand Women)


England Women


16th August 2007


Capricorn Women's Tri-Series 2022 – latest status

Namibia Women are currently hosting the Capricorn Women's Tri-Series 2022, where they are experiencing the WT20I tri-series along with Zimbabwe Women and Uganda Women. Both Zimbabwe Women and Namibia Women have already earned six points each after playing four matches as Zimbabwe Women are leading the points table with a better net run rate.

Though they still have to play one more round before the final of this tournament on 26th April 2022, both Zimbabwe Women and Namibia Women have secured their spots for the final of this tournament.    

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