In the 31st match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to begin at 7.30 pm IST, the up-and-coming Namibia is set to start their Super 12s campaign against Scotland at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium today.
Namibia’s performance has been outstanding so far. They have shown their determination and passion. However, they were still struggling to gain momentum at the start of the season as they lost to Sri Lanka by 7 wickets. No sooner did we know that they would turn around their progress as they won two consecutive matches and sealed for themselves a spot in the Super 12s.
Their first win came when they beat the Netherlands in the 7th match of the T20 World Cup by six wickets. The success was pushed over by player David Wiese who scored a blistering 66-run; the same player proved to be so valuable for the team in contributing 28 runs off just 14 deliveries when they beat Ireland. Then they followed the win with another win by beating Ireland by eight wickets. The bowling department has been impressive and at no point did the team let their opponent Ireland score runs easily in the first innings.
Gerhard Erasmus, who scored a match-winning century, and his team of not-so-famous cricketers stunned the cricketing world with their powerplay that earned them their second consecutive win of the tournament. In their game with the Netherlands, they snatched up a win by six wickets and then notched up a fantastic eight-wicket victory over Ireland. And that is how they won. The left-arm pacer Jan Frylinck and David Wiese’s performance were exceptional as they snapped three wickets and two wickets respectively in their match with Ireland, and that’s how they blocked the opponents from growing their 125 runs in the first innings. The duo of skipper Erasmau and the all-rounder David Wiese proved effective, hitting targets of bulk runs, 164 runs, and 125, as they spared balls for the last two games and had the match ended with nine balls left.
Namibia grabbing a spot at the Super 12s was such a historical moment, this being their first participation at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup since the 2003 ODI World Cup in South Africa and marking this as a legacy. They have locked horns with the greatest teams and experienced T20 World Cup teams, and now their main focus is on how they could improve on their weaknesses and put their skills to the test by beating one of the best T20 teams, Scotland. The win will boost their morale and confidence as they compete with Afghanistan, New Zealand, Pakistan, and India in group 2. The Test-playing nation won over two teams, and now their grass looks greener, for they guarantee a spot at next year’s T20 World Cup.
Namibia looks to make it to the semi-finals as they take on the bruised Scotland; they keep up their winning momentum from the two wins that placed them in the Super 12 stage. Today’s match is their first match in the Super 12 round, and they look to make it to the semi-finals. Do you think they will take this win home? Here is a chance for you to take big wins home by placing a bet on this match on Cricsbet.
Team Scotland lost to Afghanistan on the 17th match of the T20 World Cup on Monday. Cricket fans were mortified by how they lost to their opponent by 130 runs and scored 60 runs in 10.2 overs as their competition did a 190 run total in the first innings. The team was on a winning streak and they won all three games in the first round of the T20, and that’s how they qualified for the Super 12 stage. However, the loss in their first match of the T20 World Cup super 12s was humiliating. The high-flying team are now not the target of other teams, and they are somewhat pleased that they reduced the threat.
Safyaan Sharif did a 3 for 44 in the four overs, and Mark Watt impressively scored 1 for 23 in four overs, and the two were coming through for the team with how they decently handled the ball, but the other bowlers were not in sync with them as they went for more than ten runs in one over. Players George Munsey, the best in the batting department, scored 25 runs in 18 balls, and together with Coetzer Kyle, they were good at the start of the match but with wickets falling in over and over again they failed to cover a decent start and seemed to lose morale. Scotland seemingly could not win the match with a rough start like that, for they eventually completed 60 runs and had a massive loss to their opponents.
Scotland will need to quickly recover from the loss to Afghanistan to avoid any hiccups and play in harmony as a team because they are facing a team that is super confident and has nothing to lose. Richie Berrington, George Munsey, and Matthew Cross will look to improve their batting line-up to have a better chance of winning this match. Bowler Josh Davey’s success has been evident as he has been scoring wickets, and Mark Watt, Brad Wheal, and Safyaan Sharif’s contribution to them cannot be amiss. The team looks to them for beating the Namibian team today.
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The two teams last faced each other in the shortest format just a couple of weeks ago. Namibia won by sealing the chase with five wickets in hand and 14 balls to spare. Stephen Baard made 39 runs, and Craig Williams made 50 runs.
Let’s take a look at Namibia vs Scotland Head to Head records:
The two teams have completed 8 T20 international matches so far, where they have won.
Namibia vs Scotland T20 International Head to Head record:
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Namibia Squad: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Jan Frylinck, David Wiese, Stephen Baard, Karl Birkenstock, Zane Green, Nicol Loftie-Eaton, JJ Smit, Ben Shikongo, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, Craig Williams, Michau du Preez, Pikky Ya France and Bernard Scholtz.
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Dylan Budge, Chris Greaves, Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Michael Leask, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace, and Bradley Wheal.
The Namibia team is ready to continue their winning streak and increase their power play to beat the strong team of Scotland. They ought not to underestimate Scotland despite the bruises they look to nurse by raking up a win in today’s match. Which team are you riding for? Create your cricket fantasy team and access these match tips today by joining the Cricsbet telegram community.