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Namibia beat Sri Lanka by 55 runs
Asia Cup winners Sri Lanka take on Namibia in the T20 World Cup winner
Our prediction is for Sri Lanka to win the match
Tournament: ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Simonds Stadium, Geelong, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Sri Lanka will be confident as they start their T20 World Cup campaign in Geelong. Not only are they coming into this tournament on the back of a title win in Asia Cup but they are also placed in a comfortable group.
Group A has Sri Lanka, Namibia, UAE, and the Netherlands. The only real competition for Sri Lanka in this group is the Netherlands. Namibia are a great T20 team too and delivered some impressive performances in the last T20 World Cup. However, they will still face tough competition from the island nation which features a number of T20 rising stars in their squad.
The likes of Rajapaksa, Shanaka, and Hasaranga are all potential match-winners who can turn the game around single-handedly. In the Namibian squad, Bernard Scholtz, David Wiese, and JJ Smit will be the key players to watch out for.
Sri Lanka will be playing their first T20 international game after the Asia Cup final win. Shanka will be happy with his side and Sri Lanka will carry the winning momentum into this tournament.
Sri Lanka have brought in Lahiru Kumara in the bowling attack for the T20 World Cup. He will be joining Dushmanta Chameera, Chamika Karunaratne, and Maheesh Teekshana. There is great variety in the Sri Lankan bowling attack and skipper Shanka himself can bowl some game-changing overs too.
Pramod Madhusan, the right-arm fast-medium bowler, playing in the 2nd T20I of his career picked 4 for 34 in the final against Pakistan in Dubai. He is also part of the T20 World Cup squad and will be one to watch out for.
When it comes to match-finishers, Sri Lanka can rely on the captain at number 6 followed by bowling all-rounder Hasaranga at 7. Punjab Kings’ number 3 batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa is known for his aggressive brand of cricket.
If he can get going in the middle order, Sri Lanka can put a competitive total on the board. Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka are the more experienced batters in the top order who will be expected to score consistently and get Sri Lanka to the Super 12.
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Teekshana, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilshan Madushanka
Dushmantha Chameera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Wanidu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Chamika Karunaratne
Namibia T20 World Cup squad features many of the names from the previous edition of the T20 World Cup. Ruben Trupelmann made a big impact with the ball last year and will pose a tough challenge to the Sri Lankan batters in Geelong. Wiese, Scholtz, and Frylinck are other key bowlers for Namibia who can be expected to deliver breakthroughs consistently.
The number of all-rounders in this squad gives the skipper variety in every department. Bowlers can bat and batters can bowl. Gerard Erasmus couldn’t have asked for anything better. Erasmus hasn’t been in great touch recently. Though he scored a fifty against Zimbabwe back in May, his strike rates in that series were poor.
Stephen Baard, Zane Green, and Loftie-Eaton will be expected to help Namibia get off to a good start. The likes of Wiese and Frylinck will be in the roles of match finishers and get Namibia to a competitive total.
If there is one thing that can get Namibia on top of the game in this contest, it is their bowling attack. The batting doesn’t seem to be so promising and with the opposition’s in-form spin and pace attack, it looks like an uphill battle for Namibia to dominate with the bat.
Stephen Baard, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Gerard Erhasmus (c), Michael van Lingen, David Wiese, Zane Green (wk), Ruben Trupelmann, Jan Fylicnk, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, Pikky Ya France
Michael Van Lingen, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Gerhard Erasmus, David Wiese, Zane Green, Jonathan Smit, Ben Shikongo, Jan Frylinck, Divan la Cock, Stephan Baard, Bernard Scholtz
Only one T20 international was played at this ground and hence, it is not easy to say how the pitch would behave. However, traditionally, this has been a batting-friendly track. Scattered showers are expected on match day with a high of 16 degrees Celsius.
The average 1st innings score at the Simond Stadium is 155 runs from 7 domestic T20s. A total of 6 round 1 matches will be played at this venue. An equal contest between bat and ball is expected on this ground. A 1st innings score of 160-165 can be considered par at this venue.
The only T20I played here was won by Australia chasing down 173 runs. Teams batting second have won 4 of the 7 domestic T20s played at this venue. Sri Lanka will be confident of chasing a total after they did the same on multiple occasions in the UAE.
Namibia has a few promising names in their squad who can make a huge impact on the game. However, the batting lineup isn’t very reliable and that’s where Sri Lanka gain the upper hand. Also looking at how Sri Lanka have performed recently, they are likely to start with an edge over Namibia. In our match prediction, Sri Lanka started as the favourites to win the match.
Our prediction is for Sri Lanka to win the match
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