Namibia vs Sri Lanka, 1st Match, T20 WC 2022 – Fantasy Preview with Predicted Playing XIs, Venue Details, Relevant Stats & Full Fantasy XI
Namibia will take on Sri Lanka in the 1st Match of the 2022 T20 World Cup and 12th Khiladi provides you with the Dream11 prediction and fantasy tips for this contest.
Both teams are placed together in Group A along with the Netherlands and the UAE. Sri Lanka is expected to comfortably top this group, while Namibia is the strong favourite to take the second spot. The last time these two sides faced each other in the T20 WC 2021, Sri Lanka managed to bundle out Namibia for 96 runs and went on to win the match by 7 wickets.
WK: Kusal Mendis
BAT: Pathum Nissanka, Gerhard Erasmus, JJ Smit
AR: Wanindu Hasaranga, David Wiese, Jan Frylinck, Dhananjaya de Silva
BOWL: Maheesh Theekshana, Dushmanta Chameera, Pramod Madushan
C/VC: Wanindu Hasaranga, David Wiese, Maheesh Theekshana
Differentials: Chamika Karunaratne (22%), Dhananjaya de Silva (27%)
C/VC Differentials: Maheesh Theekshana (2%), Dushmanta Chameera (1.5%), Pathum Nissanka (6.7%)
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong – Venue Notes
- Average First Innings Score in all T20s since 2018: 150
- Bat First vs Bowl First in all T20s since 2018: Win batting first – 3; Win chasing – 4
- NAM-SL Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list since 2018: None
- NAM-SL Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list since 2018: None
- Wickets distribution by bowling type since 2018: RAP – 43, LAP – 13, SLO – 1, OS – 8, WS– 13
- The ground at Geelong is narrower and oddly shaped compared to the other cricket venues in the country.
- To deal with this, a drop-in pitch has been laid at an angle, which creates unique ground dimensions at this venue.
- The pitch offers conditions for both batters and bowlers to excel. Like most Australian pitches, this pitch is also expected to aid pace and bounce.
- It will be key for the bowlers to adapt quickly at this venue and force the batters to hit towards the longer side of the ground.
- On the other hand, the batters can score plenty of runs if they are able to create space and target the shorter boundaries smartly.
Predicted Playing XI
Namibia: Divan la Cock/Stephen Baard, Michael van Lingen, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Gerhard Erasmus(c), Lo-handre Louwrens/Zane Green(wk), JJ Smit, David Wiese, Jan Frylinck, Ruben Trumplemann, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(wk), Charith Asalanka/Dhananjaya de Silva, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dushmanta Chameera, Lahiru Kumara/Dilshan Madushanka
Namibia vs Sri Lanka, T20 WC 2022 1st Match Stat Box
- Gerhard Erasmus T20I career: 19 wickets and 927 runs at 34/131 in 36 innings
- Gerhard Erasmus in T20 WC 2021: 1 wicket and 151 runs at 22/105 in 8 innings
- JJ Smit T20I career: 31 wickets at 16/6.7 and 525 runs at 33/146 in 24 innings
- JJ Smit in T20 WC 2021: 4 wickets and 78 runs at 26 avg in 8 innings
- David Wiese in T20 WCs: 7 wickets and 255 runs at 42 avg in 11 innings
- Lo-handre Lowrens last played a T20 for Namibia in 2019 but his recent form in the other formats is good;
- Lo handre-Lowrens recent form: 34, 38, 57, 5, 94
- Ruben Trumpelmann’s recent form in all formats: 2w, 2w, 1w, 1w, 1w, 3w, 1w, 1w, 2w
- Jan Frylinck T20I career: 54 wickets at 13.6/6.6 and 140 runs at 16/101 in 34 innings
- Tangeni Lungameni T20I career: 12 wickets in 15 innings
- Jan Nicole Loftie-Eaton in T20I: 3 wickets and 144 runs at 12 avg in 14 innings
- Jan Nicole Loftie-Eaton in ODIs: 4 wickets and 393 runs at 33 avg in 14 innings
- Zane Green recent scores: 31, 4, 16, 2, 55, 11, 3, 3
- Stephan Baard in T20Is: 665 runs at 30/115 in 25 innings
- Michael van Lingen T20I career: 135 runs at 19/105 in 7 innings
- Ben Shikongo T20I career: 14 wickets in 18 innings
- Bernard Scholtz T20I career: 39 wickets at 17.6/5.9 in 35 innings
Sri Lanka: (all T20s since 2018)
- Pathum Nissanka in Australia: 125 runs at 42/113 in 3 innings
- Pathum Nissanka vs L-Pace in PP: 0 outs at 118 SR in 15 innings
- Kusal Mendis in Australia: 18 runs at 4/50 in 4 innings
- Kusal Mendis vs L-Pace in PP: 6 outs at 14/102 in 24 innings
- Kusal Mendis vs SLAO in Overs 7-20: 5 outs at 27/118 in 18 innings
- Dushmanta Chameera in PP: 25 wickets at 24/8
- Lahiru Kumara in T20s: 28 wickets at 20/9.5 in 25 innings
Namibia – Fantasy Notes
- While Namibia is a good associate team, they are still a weaker team when compared to Sri Lanka. For this reason, we suggest that you build your fantasy teams with a 7:4 or at best a 6:5 balance in favour of Sri Lanka.
- Our 3 recommended picks from Namibia are David Wiese, JJ Smit and Gerhard Erasmus. Wiese and Smit are quality all-round options while Erasmus is their most reliable batter in the middle order.
- It will be interesting to see how Namibia manages to fit off-spinner Pikky Ya France in the XI, against a Lankan batting with 4 LHB in their top five (3, if Dhananjaya de Silva plays). If he does not play, Erasmus could be a part-time option, which also increases his fantasy potential.
- Left-arm spin is not an optimal bowling type in Australia or against left-handers but there is a case to pick Bernard Scholtz if Asalanka does not play and he bowls in the powerplay against the 2 RHBs.
Sri Lanka – Fantasy Notes
- Keep Pathum Nissanka in your team. While the sample size is small, he has done well in Australia and has also not been dismissed by left-arm pace in the powerplay in his career.
- Apart from Erasmus, Wiese and Smit, the rest of the Namibia batters struggle against spin, particularly with off-spin and wrist-spin. For this reason, Maheesh Theekshana is an excellent differential captaincy choice.
- Namibia’s batting is inexperienced in Australian conditions and they strike at almost a run-a-ball or under. This is a vulnerability that the Sri Lankan pacers can exploit in the powerplay – so keep Chameera and pick whoever plays between Kumara and Madushanka in your team.
- Similarly, pick Chamika Karunaratne as a differential in your team. His clever pace variations and lengths will be useful to pick up wickets in bigger Australian venues. At Geelong, his variations will be key in forcing the opposition batters to play towards the longer boundaries.
- Wild GL punt – Drop Kusal Mendis and pick Lo-handre Louwrens if he plays; Mendis struggles to score quickly against left-arm pace, and left-arm spin, and it also opens up another SL spot. In this combination, make sure to include Trumplemann as he is the bowler most likely to strike in the powerplay.
Note: Return after 15 minutes of the toss for a fully updated XI
Stats Credit: Cricinfo and Cricmetric