Namibia upset the defending champions to join host Bangladesh in the quarterfinals from Group A.
     
South Africa, batting first, was reduced to 60 for eight by the half-way stage following a four-wicket haul by Michael van Lingen. But Willem Ludick hit 42 in a ninth-wicket stand of 55 runs with Lutho Sipamla as the young Proteas added a further 76 runs.
      
Defending a modest 136 for nine in 50 overs, South Africa claimed a wicket off the first ball and continued to dismiss batsmen regularly, but Lohan Louwrens stood in the way as he steered Namibia home with an unbeaten 58.
      
The memorable win meant that Namibia, which finished 14th in the United Arab Emirates two years ago, will improve upon its best finish of 11th in Malaysia in 2008.
      
Namibia’s captain Zane Green said he was delighted with the win and said he was not surprised that his team had made the knockout rounds.
     
"We were positive from the start of the tournament because we knew we had the team to go far," said Green. Our aim was to take it one game at a time and that is what we will continue to do.

 

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