Namibia, who have qualified for the Super 12s with two impressive wins in the qualifiers, will take on Scotland, another qualifier, in the ICC T20 World Cup here on Wednesday to continue their stellar campaign. Gerhard Erasmus and his teammates are unknown faces to world cricket but they have made it to the Super 12s in an eight-wicket win over Ireland after beating the Netherlands by six wickets. It was a historic moment for a country which has no history regarding cricket.
The win against Ireland was their first win against a Test-playing country, ensuring Namibia their place in next year’s T20 World Cup as well. Namibia are now set to take on the best teams in the world and a Group Two win over Scotland will boost their morale for matches against Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and New Zealand.
Scotland made it to the Super 12 with three victories in the qualifiers but suffered a humiliating 130-run defeat to Afghanistan in the opening match itself, which would certainly have had an adverse effect on the morale of its players, which Namibia would try to capitalize on. . Chasing a challenging target of 191 runs, the Kyle Coetzer-led side were bundled out for 60 in 10.2 overs. It will be a challenge for him to recover from this defeat so soon.
Namibia batted well chasing the target in the last two matches. Captain Erasmus and all-rounder David Weiss have scored most of the runs for him. Weiss has also done well in bowling. In the bowling, however, his focus will rest on left-arm pacer John Freelink, who has taken five wickets so far.
Richie Barrington, George Munsey and Matthew Cross will have to do well with the bat if Scotland are to recover from the loss to Afghanistan. Josh Davy has been the most successful among bowlers. He has taken nine wickets in four matches so far. Apart from them, Safayan Sharif, Mark Watt and Brad Wheel have also contributed.
The teams are as follows:
Namibia: Gerhard Erasmus (captain), Stephen Bard, Karl Birkenstock, Michau du Preez, Jan Freelink, Zayn Greene, Nicole Lofi-Eaton, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, David Weisz, Craig Williams And Pikki or France.
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (capt), Richie Berrington, Dylan Buzz, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Chris Greaves, Michael Leask, Callum McLeod, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Bradley Wheel. The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time. Bhasha Pant Anand Anand 2610 1417 Abu Dhabi Nanan