ICC T20 World Cup 2021 SL vs NAM

Match Preview

Sri Lanka will face Namibia in Match 4 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 18 October at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Sri Lanka comes into this contest in reasonably good shape as in the two-match ODI series, they defeated Oman and in addition, they won both of their warm-up games. Namibia, on the other side, was defeated by Oman and Scotland in their warm up matches. In the just concluded UAE Summer T20 Bash, they appeared in fine form. Both teams are looking forward to bring their “A” game to this match.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35° C

STATS – T20

Total matches                                   47

Matches won batting first             22

Matches won bowling first           25

Average 1st Inns scores                140

Average 2nd Inns scores              129

Highest total recorded                 225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                  87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                    166/6 (19.4 Ov) by HK vs AFG

Lowest score defended                129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top Wicket-Keeper pick

1) Kusal Perera – Perera is a fireball in the Sri Lankan batting team, fearless, bold, and hyper-aggressive. He has a knack for big runs thanks to his short-arm jabs, pick-up hits, and square cutters.

Matches – 114

Runs – 2581

Average – 24.34

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Avishka Fernando – He was hailed as a juvenile prodigy with the bat from the outset, and was destined for greater things. He continued his upward trajectory with equally noteworthy contributions for Sri Lanka’s under-19s in the World Cup and subsequent fifty-over matches.

Matches – 63

Runs – 1499

Average – 25.85

2) Dasun Shanaka – He is another product from Srilankan squad as a  hard-hitting all-rounder who juggles between being a lower-order impetus and an useful medium pacer who can swing the ball.

Matches – 117

Runs – 2510

Average – 28.85                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         3) Craig Williams – This right handed batsman has good expertise in this format. He smashed 80 runs in his last T20 match against Scotland.

Matches – 98

Runs – 2254

Average – 27.82

4) Gerhard Erasmus – He is a strong anchor for his team with excellent shots and variations in his arsenal. He is a wise choice for the upcoming match.

Matches – 77

Runs – 1072

Average – 21.01

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Rubel Trumpelmann – The left arm fast bowler has been part of Namibia’s squad for all the big leagues since 2018. His bowling talents have been vastly beneficial for his team.

Matches – 6

Wickets – 9

Economy – 6.68

2) Dushmantha Chameera – Chameera has a lovely flowing run up and a simple movement that allows him to generate high speeds. Despite his height, he is a shady bowler who has the capacity to push batsmen off the pitch.

Matches – 63

Wickets – 60

Economy – 7.62

3) Akila Dananjaya – Akila’s command of the googly, carrom ball, leg-break, doosra, and off-spinner wowed everyone and convinced the selectors to fast track him to the national team.

Matches – 89

Wickets – 161

Economy – 8.05

4) Bernard Scholtz – The slow left arm orthodox bowler has consistently taken wickets in his last tour in UAE, which indicates he has a strong hold in gulf pitches, which will come handy in this tournament.

Matches – 102

Wickets – 111

Economy – 6.24

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Dhananjaya de Silva – He bats, bowls, and tops the charts in all three. Dhananjaya de Silva, a technically competent batsman who is a pleasant throwback to the days when batting was an art form, rose through the ranks of age-division cricket.

Matches – 69

Runs – 1477

Average – 25.91

Wickets – 23

Economy – 7.35

2) David Wiese – Wiese, a right-arm medium pacer who can also bat in the lower order, began playing cricket late but made his debut for Eastern Province at the age of 20. Wiese had an extraordinary ability to adjust the speed of his deliveries, which enabled him to succeed in the game’s shortest form.

Matches – 267

Runs – 2859

Average – 22.68

Wickets – 208

Economy – 8.46

Predicted Playing 11

Namibia

Stephan Baard, Zane Green, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz, Pikky Ya France, Karl Birkenstock

 Sri Lanka

Avishka Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Chamika Karunaratne, Akila Dananjaya, Maheesh Theekshana

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Poll Winning Percentage

Sri Lanka – 51%

Namibia – 49%

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