The Sri Lankans are all set to lock horns against inexperienced Namibia for the opening game of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The two teams have been paired alongside Netherlands and UAE in Group A of the first stage of the 2022 tournament. It's an important game for both teams in terms of making an entry into the Super 12 stage of the World Cup 2022.
The Match Details are as follows:
- Date and Time: 16th October 2022, 9:30 am IST
- Venue: GMHBA Stadium, South Geelong, Victoria, Australia
- Tournament: ICC T20 World Cup 2022
Sri Lanka vs Namibia – Previews and Betting Tips
A fierce contest is coming in the way of cricket fans between two teams who will battle it out in the center. Sri Lanka is riding on the back of winning the men’s Asia Cup 2022 and will certainly look to dominate. Batters Pathum Nissanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa were the stars of the show for the Lankans. Meanwhile, Wanidu Hasaranga starred with the ball with 9 wickets in 6 innings. These are some of the players to watch out for.
However, the Namibians won’t be too easy to handle as they are hungry for more. They have a well-balanced side, with skipper Gerhard Erasmus & Stephan Baard acting as key players with the bat. On the other hand, David Wiese will be a prime prospect to deliver in both departments and put up a great show. From Namibia, these players have done extremely well in the past and are reliable.
We suggest our readers dig in and do their own research to place their bets. Checking out the team’s and the respective players' past performance will help them a ton. We also suggest to our readers that Sri Lanka is the favorite side to win the opening game.
Sri Lanka has been on a roll this year. They handed Pakistan a thrashing defeat in the Asia Cup 2022 final to lift the coveted trophy. The players are high on enthusiasm and confidence walking into this tournament. It is a well-balanced team, with the skipper reliant on his most experienced players to take responsibility.
The players to watch out for will be Pathum Nissanka, Wanidu Hasranga, and the skipper Dasun Shanaka himself. With a tight batting order like theirs, they are likely to set up a huge total or chase one if they have to.
Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara.
Namibia have been reliant on the same players for a very long time. That has been the case because the players have always delivered on the big day. David Wiese has been very handy with the ball, chipping in with wickets. He also is known to hit some big hits with the bat.
The same goes for JJ Smit, who has been in sublime form. In both international and domestic matches. Other players to watch out for are Gerhard Erasmus, Jan Frylinck, and Ruben Trumplemann. They have a very concrete all-rounder base, which will help them get quick wickets and additional bonus runs on board.
Squad: Gerhard Erasmus (C), JJ Smit, Stephan Baard, Nicol Loftie Eaton, Jan Frylinck, David Wiese, Ruben Trumpelmann, Zane Green, Bernard Scholtz, Tangeni Lungameni, Divan la Cock.
Also, Read >> T20 Cricket World Cup Predictor
Pitch and weather Conditions
The weather seems to be flaky in behavior. There is precipitation expected in the early morning before the game. However, it is forecasted to mellow down to zero percent as the day goes by. The temperatures are expected to be as low as 15 degrees. The humidity is marked at 70%, with minor fluctuations throughout the day.
Moving onto the pitch conditions, it’s a nightmare for batters. Runs don’t come easy at Kardinia Park as it has the lowest run rate in T20s amongst all other venues in Australia. On the other hand, it is a bowling paradise for pacers as they thrive here & spinners are relatively economical.
Sri Lanka vs Namibia: Betting Tips
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