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Namibia created history with their first bilateral international series win against a full-member team

In their recent tour in Zimbabwe, Namibia beat the hosts in the thrilling five-match T20I series by a 3-2 margin.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 25.05.2022
Namibia created history with their first bilateral international series win against a full-member team

Namibia recently played their first-ever bilateral international series and created history by winning that series. In their recent tour in Zimbabwe, the Eagles beat the hosts in the five-match thrilling T20I series by a 3-2 margin.

It was a tough T20I series for both the hosts' Zimbabwe and the visitors Namibia. Despite trailing this series twice, the Eagles not only leveled the series twice, but they also finished this series as the winners.

Both teams met for the final time in that recently concluded T20I series last Tuesday (24th May) at Bulawayo. While the Chevrons faced tough competition in their first T20I challenge since last September, the Eagles were more confident with their last T20I win on the final ball of the match, which was also their second-highest successful T20I chase (161/4 in 20 overs; target 158 runs).


5th T20I: Namibia beat Zimbabwe by 32 runs

Coming back to the series decider on Tuesday, where both teams already won two games each in this series, the hosts chose to field first after winning the toss. Zimbabwe restricted the Eagles to 127/8 in 20 overs. While the opener Craig Williams (48) was their only batter with 20+ runs in that first innings, the home bowlers were very disciplined.

However, the Chevrons’ batters completely struggled in the second innings as they never managed to fight back strongly at that chasing. The Eagles bundled Zimbabwe out for just 95 runs in 19.1 overs as their 32-run win also helped the visitors to snatch the trophy by a 3-2 margin. Only Tony Munyonga (28) crossed 15 runs in that innings.


Brief scores and results in this 5-match T20I series

1st T20I at Bulawayo (17th May 2022): Zimbabwe won by 7 runs (Zimbabwe 153/4 in 20 overs; Namibia 146/5 in 20 overs).

2nd T20I at Bulawayo (19th May 2022): Namibia won by 8 wickets (Zimbabwe 122/8 in 20 overs; 124/2 in 18 overs).

3rd T20I at Bulawayo (21st May 2022): Zimbabwe won by 8 wickets (Namibia 128/8 in 20 overs; Zimbabwe 129/2 in 17.1 overs).

4th T20I at Bulawayo (22nd May 2022): Namibia won by 6 wickets (Zimbabwe 157/8 in 20 overs; Namibia 161/4 in 20 overs).

5th T20I at Bulawayo (24th May 2022): Namibia won by 32 runs (Namibia 127/8 in 20 overs; Zimbabwe 95 in 19.1 overs).


Eagles have won all their seven bilateral T20I series

It was the first time when Namibia played a bilateral international series against a full-member team. They also created history by winning this series by a 3-2 margin. They have played seven bilateral T20I series, including four series with more than one game, and won all of these series. 

 

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