Date: October 20, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Namibia and Netherlands will lock horns in Match 7 of the T20 World Cup 2021. Both the sides suffered defeats in their first match of the tournament at the hands of Sri Lanka and Ireland respectively in one sided contests. Namibia and Netherlands will aim to register their first points on Wednesday with an improved performance.
Head to Head:
There were two matches played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on the second day of the T20 World Cup 2021. The pitch will favour the batters slightly but scoring runs won’t be that easy on a sluggish pitch. If the batters can settle in and build their innings steadily, they can go on to play a big innings. Pacers and spinners are expected to get some assistance from this pitch.
Netherlands will be keen to bounce back after their disappointing performance against Ireland. The Dutch were put into shock by Ireland pacer Curtis Campher’s stunning performance as he took four wickets in four balls. Pieter Seelaar’s side were all-out for only 106 and Ireland ended up winning the match with 4.5 overs to spare.
Opener Max O’Dowd put up a lone fight as he smashed 51 runs off 47 balls, hitting 7 fours in the process. He will definitely again be the main man for Netherlands along with Ben Cooper, Colin Ackermann and all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate. In the bowling department, veteran spinner Roelof van der Merwe went for a lot of runs (35) vs Ireland. The pace trio of Logan van Beek, Fred Klaassen, Brandon Glover bowled well and they will be a handful to deal with for the Namibian batters.
Namibia were all-out for just 96 runs against Sri Lanka in their opening match of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Craig Williams top-scored with 29 runs but the other batters failed to get going. Their lower-order failed miserably as Sri Lankan bowlers struck at regular intervals. Namibia’s hopes for this match will rest on all-rounders Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus, David Wiese, JJ Smit and Jan Frylinck, all of whom have plenty of experience of playing at the top level.
Pieter Seelaar (c), Colin Ackermann, Philippe Boissevain, Ben Cooper, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren
Reserve players: Shane Snater, Tobias Visee
Gerhard Erasmus (c), Stephen Baard, Karl Birkenstock. Michau du Preez, Jan Frylinck, Zane Green, Nicol Lofie-Eaton, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, David Wiese, Craig Williams, Picky Ya France
Reserve players: Mauritius Ngupita
Sri Lanka and Ireland are the front-runners to progress to Super-12 from this Group A. The fight for the 3rd spot in the group will be between Namibia and Netherlands. Both teams will be eager to put in a good performance here. Netherlands definitely have the higher experience and possess better skill-sets among the two teams. This game is expected to be a hard-fought game but Netherlands are expected to win this game in the end. However, they will have to be at their best as Namibians will be no pushovers.
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