Namibia shocked the cricketing world by inflicting a heavy defeat on Sri Lanka (Asia Cup 2022 Champions) in the opening match of the T20 World Cup 2022. Now, Namibia has put itself in a prime position to qualify for the Super-12 stage of the World Cup.
Before it can start celebrating, though, it has to play two more matches. The Netherlands is up next and it also managed to win its opening match.
Not too many associate sides have a strong middle order like Namibia. Frylinck, Wiese, Erasmus, and Baard are all very good strikers of the ball. David Wiese, in fact, did not score a single run in the previous match but Namibia still managed to reach a decent total. The bowling lineup was very disciplined. Wiese picked up two wickets, Shikongo came within a centimeter of picking a hat-trick, and Scholtz was very economical as well.
The Netherlands may have won its match against the UAE, however, that was not a convincing performance at all. They bowled well to restrict the UAE to 111 and then got home with just one ball to spare and three wickets in hand. Batting is certainly not a strength for the Netherlands and the team can be put under pressure with a couple of quick wickets. The bowling is a bit better, though. Fred Klaassen, Tim Pringle, Bas de Leede, and Logan van Beek are one of the stronger bowling units in associate cricket. Max'Dowd and Vikramjit Singh will have to play out of their skins to ensure the team scores enough runs, though. We don't see that happening and think this match is going to be a massive struggle for the Netherlands.
NAM VS NL TOSS PREDICTION
The team that wins the toss could choose to bat first unless there is some rain around. Both teams may want to set a target and make the other bat under scoreboard pressure.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The weather forecast in Geelong is quite good and we should not have too many interruptions. The pitch was a bit tricky to bat on in the first couple of matches at this venue.we could have a match where 150-160 is a very good total once more.
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