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Sri Lanka under fire over 'horrible' scenes in T20 World Cup boilover

Namibia player Gerhard Erasmus (pictured right) emotional after the T20 match and (pictured left) JJ Smit embracing a teammate.
Namibia has stunned Sri Lanka in the opening game of the T20 World Cup. (Getty Images)

The T20 World Cup has already seen an enormous upset after Namibia shocked Sri Lanka in the opening game in Geelong to spark emotional scenes.

Sri Lanka was met with fanatic support at Kardinia Park, but Namibia quickly silenced the crowd with a 55-run victory as the nation looks to recreate their success at last year's World Cup.

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And Namibia will now fancy their chances of repeating the feat of reaching the Super 12 Stage again with clashes against the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates next.

At Kardinia Park Namibia's bowling was on point while Sri Lanka's batting saw them come undone.

Jan Frylinck and JJ Smit batted Namibia into the match with a mighty seventh-wicket stand and they defended their 7-163 with great bowling and fielding to dismiss Sri Lanka for 108 from 19 overs.

Initially, Frylinck reflected the incredulity of just about everyone in cricket when he accepted his man of the match award.

"I'm a little bit speechless ... what we just achieved is above what we thought we could do," said Frylinck, who also took two wickets.

And the cricket world joined in on the remarkable scenes.

Sri Lankan fans were ruthless in their criticism of their team, while plaudits flowed for the mighty Namibia.

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Sri Lanka won the toss and when off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana had David Wiese caught behind for a golden duck, Namibia were in major strife at 6-93 from 14.2 overs.

But Frylinck and Smit turned the match with a big-hitting stand of 70 from 34 balls as the Sri Lankan attack lost its way.

Frylinck was run out on the last delivery of the innings and top-scored with 44 from 28 balls, while Smit hit two sixes and two fours in his unbeaten 31 from 16 deliveries.

Gerhard Erasmus (pictured middle) speaks to his team mates in a huddle.
Gerhard Erasmus (pictured middle) speaks to his team mates after defeating Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup. (Photo by Daniel Pockett-ICC/ICC via Getty Images) (Daniel Pockett-ICC via Getty Images)

Namibia's rally rolled into the start of the Sri Lankan innings, with 22-year-old fast bowler Ben Shikongo on a hat-trick in the fourth over.

He dismissed opener Pathum Nissanka and then Danushka Gunathilaka in his double-wicket maiden over to have Sri Lanka reeling at 3-21, a hole from which they could never recover.

Shikongo, Wiese and Bernard Scholtz also took two wickets apiece.

Sri Lanka's poor day started badly when promising young left-arm paceman Dilshan Madushanka was ruled out of the tournament with a torn quaad .

The 22-year-old has a torn quad muscle and Binura Fernando, who did not play on Sunday, has taken his place in their Cup squad.

Sri Lanka's Pramod Madushan (pictured middle) dives as he is run out during the Twenty20 World Cup.
Sri Lanka's Pramod Madushan (pictured middle) is run out during the Twenty20 World Cup. (Photo by MARTIN KEEP/AFP via Getty Images) (MARTIN KEEP via Getty Images)

Captain Dasun Shanaka called for calm, with Sri Lanka now needing wins over the UAE and the Netherlands in their group to progress.

"We have a good team, but it's about the process.

"There's nothing to worry about - it's the first game ... we are a better team than this, especially when it comes to the bowling."

with AAP

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