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ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier- Sri Lanka vs Nambia, Match No- 4, Team Analysis & Prediction

by  Aman Singh  •  Last updated on 2021-10-18 19:05:29


Clashing Teams: Sri Lanka and Nambia

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date: October 18th, 2021

Head to Head- Yet to Face Each Other in T20Is

Live Telecast: Star Sports Network and Hotstar


Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will kick-off the ICC T20 World Cup campaign while squaring-off against T20 World Cup newbie Namibia. Lankans will be riding on sheer confidence, as they are stepping-ahead for the inaugural match on the back of two solid wins in practice matches against Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea. In both the matches, Avishka Fernando and Pathum Nissanka were the man with the bat for the Lankans whereas quick-gun Chameera alongside Wanindu Hasaranga ruled the bowling show.

This island country would be aiming to announce a roaring start with a considerable win against Namibia. Sri Lanka have had a decent all-around form in the last quarter of 2021, as they crushed down Oman in two-match ODI series and also enjoyed an overpowered home series against India. Sri Lanka has introduced many domestic faces in the team combination and the performance of Kusal Perera, Charith Asalanka, Akila Dhananjaya and Wanindu Hasranga will be decisive for the Asiatic Lion team.


Namibia will be eager to gain some cricketing recognition while featuring in their debut ICC T20 World Cup tournament. This south-west African country is ready to unveil for international audiences after gaining appreciation and loud cheer in the Summer T20 Bash that was wrapped-up this month only. However, this Gerhard Erasmus led unit needs to uptight their game plan, as Namibia has lost two of its provided drill schedules against Oman and Scotland by 32 and 19 runs, respectively.

Namibia needs to shrug-off the practice session’s crooked batting display and exhibit their top-notch game in Monday’s face-off. Gerhard Erasmus needs to lead the team from the front and should offer the base to team’s total while fairly utilizing the power-play overs. Either Zane Green or David Wiese need to move the scoreboard in the middle overs while Bernard Scholtz should take the charge during death overs. For bowling duties, Ben Shikongo and Pikky Ya France are the trusted arsenal for Namibia.

Topbets Prediction

Both teams will be planning to gain a winning start to the ICC T20 World Cup campaign. However, taking note of Sri Lanka’s experience in international cricket and availability of firing elements in team combination tag them as favorite to win double-header Monday’s second bout. Also, Sri Lanka’s stellar show in the warm-up schedules speaks volume about their caliber. The available wicket at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi hints at a relatively high scoring game accounting 150+ runs total in both innings of the match. Expect the toss winning skipper to opt for bowling first in the evening match where dew will play a cameo in later part of the face-off.

Market Odds (As on 01:15 P.M)







Top Batsman for Sri Lanka- Avishka Fernando- Experimenting Avishka in the middle order worked for Sri Lanka, as the right-handed batter scored an unbeaten 81 runs in first match and also batted fluently in adjacent schedule with admirable strike rate of 150.64

Top Batsman for Namibia- Gerhard Erasmus- Namibia's skipper is the pivotal force of the batting line-up and known for his sky-touching sixes in shorter format cricket. Gerhard has played 20 T20I innings and scored 513 runs at an appreciable strike-rate of 141.71

Probable Playing XI for The Match

Sri Lanka- Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kusal Perera, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (C), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera

Namibia- Stephan Baard, Zane Green (wk), Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Bernard Scholtz, Ruben Trumpelmann, Ben Shikongo, Pikky Ya France