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Namibia will square off against the United Arab Emirates in the 11th match of the ongoing Group Stage of the 2022 T20 World Cup on the 20th of October in Geelong. Gerhard Erasmus’ side head into the clash with hopes of securing a route to the Super 12 stage of the tournament.
Meanwhile, UAE has been without a doubt, the weakest side in the group and will face a stiff challenge against a spirited Namibia side. With two defeats in two games, UAE’s campaign is done and dusted, and they will take the field in the final game with nothing to lose mentality.
A win for Namibia will seal their spot in the Super 12s since they boast of a far superior NRR in comparison to Sri Lanka and the Netherlands, who will clash against each other in a decisive match.
Venue: Simonds Stadium, Geelong
Date and Time: October 20, 1:30 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Star Sports Network
The surface in Geelong tends to assist the slower bowlers as the match progresses. Teams would likely opt to bat first after winning the toss in order to maximize run-scoring while the pitch is good for batting. Anything around the 150160 run mark could prove to be a winning total at this venue.
Probable Playing XIs
Michael van Lingen, Divan la Cock, Stephan Baard, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Gerhard Erasmus (c), Jan Frylinck, David Wiese, JJ Smit, Zane Green (wk), Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo
Chirag Suri, Muhammad Waseem, Aryan Lakra, Chundangapoyil Rizwan (c), Basil Hameed, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Kashif Daud, Aayan Afzal Khan, Karthik Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan
Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter
Namibia’s star all-rounder Jan Frylinck has been in tremendous form with the bat. The hard-hitting batter bashed the Sri Lankans in the opening fixture and followed it up with a stubborn 43 against the Dutch to take his side to a respectable total in the second game, only to end up on the losing side.
Probable best bowler
Karthik Meiyappan is the talk of the town after his historic hat trick against Sri Lanka in the previous encounter. The 22-year-old spun a web around the islanders to register his name into the record books, becoming the first player ever from an associate nation to take a hat-trick against an ICC full member.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.