O'Dowd's 70 takes Netherlands to 164/4 against Namibia


Abu Dhabi, Oct 20 (UNI) Opener Max O'Dowd's dominant 70-run innings took the Netherlands to 164/4 against Namibia in the third Group A match of the T20 World Cup's first-round here on Wednesday.

This was O'Dowd's second back-to-back half-century in the ongoing tournament as he added 82 runs for the third wicket with Colin Ackermann, who scored a 32-ball 35. Jan Frylinck (2/36) was the most successful Namibia bowler on the day while David Wiese (1/32) picked a wicket as well.

The day certainly belonged to O'Dowd, who sprayed shots all around the park with six fours and a six during his 57-ball stay in the middle.

Sent in to bat first, the opener added 42 runs for the opening wicket with Stephan Myburg before the latter fell to Frylinck at 17 in the sixth over.

In at no.3, experienced Roelof van der Merwe continued to struggl as the former South African all-rounder could score just 6 runs on the day before falling to Wiese.

Newly-in Ackermann seemed in much better control of his innings and matched O'Dowd shot for shot during the crucial partnership.

The opener reached his half-century in style; hitting Bernard Schotz for an inside-out boundary over the cover region while taking the side past 100 in the 14th over.

The run rate, however, sharply came down at the deaths with JJ Smit bowling wide yorkers to contain the free flow of runs. Both Ackermann and O'Dowd fell at the closing stages while attempting to score runs off other bowlers.

Brief Scores:

Netherlands: 164 for 4 in 20 overs (M O'Dowd 70, C Ackermann 35; J Frylinck 2/36).