Twenty20 international - Namibia set world records against Kenya

Twenty20 international - Namibia set world records against Kenya

Namibia set several world records when they beat Kenya by 169 runs in a Twenty20 international in Kampala on Wednesday afternoon.

Namibia’s total of 262/1 was the biggest total yet in a Twenty20 international, beating the previous record of 260/6 which Sri Lanka set against Kenya in 2007.

LP van der Westhuizen’s score of 159 not out is a new world record for the highest individual score, smashing the previous record of 117 that Chris Gayle of West Indies set against South Africa in 2007.

Van der Westhuizen also broke Gayle’s record of 10 sixes in an innings with a new record of 16 sixes. Van der Westhuizen most probably also set a new record for the fastest century off 49 balls, although this still had to be confirmed.

Van der Westhuizen and Sarel Burger set a new world record for a second wicket partnership of 168 runs. The previous record of 166 was set by Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakarra of Sri Lanka against West Indies in 2010.

Earlier in the tournament, on Sunday, July 10 Namibia broke the world record for the highest victory margin when they beat Uganda by 174 runs. The previous record was Sri Lanka’s 172-run victory against Kenya in 2007.

The CEO of Cricket Namibia Laurie Pieters told Namibia Sport that it was a fantastic achievement by Namibia and Van der Westhuizen in particular.

“It’s an amazing achievement by LP van der Westhuizen. Even though it wasn’t against the strongest opposition, it still had to be achieved,” he said.

Pieters said he sill had to verify whether the records would be acknowledged as world records, but since it was an ICC sanctioned event he was of the opinion that it would stand.
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