Match Preview – Namibia vs Netherlands, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021/22, 7th Match, First Round Group A



Namibia may follow the XI that misplaced to Sri Lanka however Netherlands might usher in Stephan Myburgh and Timm van der Gugten

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The cruelty of the large time will meet up with certainly one of Namibia and Netherlands on Wednesday, with the T20 World Cup dream taking a significant hit for the staff that’s defeated. Such is the primary spherical of the T20 World Cup, the place two losses are sometimes too many, and the stress of rising from an early stumble ever higher.

Both Namibia and Netherlands had poor begins to the competitors. Namibia had been bowled out for their joint-lowest score in a T20I and Sri Lanka then completed the small goal inside 14 overs. Netherlands were rocked by a Curtis Campher hat-trick – 4 wickets in 4 balls – which took out their center order and allowed Ireland to chase down a modest rating with 29 balls to spare. The margins there additionally imply their net run-rates aren’t nice.

The expectations from the Dutch, who received the qualifying occasion two years in the past and have vital main match expertise of their squad, can be extra. But Namibia anticipate a number of themselves, and would have been dissatisfied with the best way they carried out of their first World Cup match in 18 years, particularly after their intense preparatory interval.

The huge-image apart there are additionally a couple of sub-plots – of the South African sort – right here. Namibia’s David Wiese and Netherlands’ Roelof van der Merwe used to play for a similar South African home facet, the Titans, for instance, so anticipate some fireworks and loads of familiarity amid the desperation to delay their T20 World Cup keep.

Form information

Last 5 accomplished matches, most up-to-date first

Namibia LWLWW
Netherlands: LLTWW

In the highlight

Craig Williams was Namibia’s finest batter of their match towards Sri Lanka after coming into this match on the again of a powerful run. Williams has scored 4 half-centuries in his final 5 T20I innings, towards Uganda, UAE, Scotland and PNG, and averages 41.14 within the format this 12 months. If Namibia are to enhance on their batting efficiency, they want Williams to do properly and at the least one different batter to assist him. A center order which incorporates captain Gerhard Erasmus and Wiese has sufficient to submit a giant rating, however the proof can be within the pudding.
Between Ryan ten Doeschate and van der Merwe, Netherlands have 638 T20 caps however neither of the veterans had the opening match they wished. They each recorded geese after turning into the second and fourth victims of Campher’s four-wicket burst, whereas van der Merwe was the costliest bowler for Netherlands on the day. With ten Doeschate set to retire after this match and van der Merwe more likely to be considering related earlier than the following occasion, the main target can be on them to see if they’ll raise their staff.

Team information

Despite the poor batting within the opening match, Namibia are more likely to go in with the identical XI.

Namibia: 1 Stephan Baard, 2 Zane Green (wk), 3 Craig Williams, 4 Gerhard Erasmus (capt), 5 David Wiese, 6 JJ Smit, 7 Jan Frylinck, 8 Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, 9 Ruben Trumpelmann, 10 Pikky Ya France, 11 Bernard Scholtz

Netherlands have former Northerns participant Stephan Myburgh within the squad and whereas they may need to name on his expertise, they may have a tough time making room for him. Netherlands could gamble with leaving out Ben Cooper or Bas de Leede in favour of Myburgh, who has not performed a T20 since August 2019. They may additionally think about changing Brandon Glover with Timm van der Gugten within the assault.

Netherlands: 1 Max O’Dowd, 2 Ben Cooper/Stephan Myburgh, 3 Bas de Leede, 4 Colin Ackermann, 5 Ryan ten Doeschate, 6 Scott Edwards (wk), 7 Roelof van der Merwe, 8 Pieter Seelar (capt), 9 Logan van Beek, 10 Fred Klaasen, 11 Brandon Glover

Pitch and circumstances

Monday’s Group A matches had been low-scoring, however that’s extra a mirrored image of the road-ups than the circumstances in Abu Dhabi, recognized to be normally good for batting. We might now be in for a detailed contest, whether or not low-scoring or in a run fest. The floor will, nevertheless, nonetheless be low and sluggish. And will probably be one other scorcher.

Stats and trivia

  • Namibia and Netherlands have solely performed one T20I towards one another, within the qualifier for this match in 2019. Netherlands won by 44 runs then.
  • Namibia have been bowled out for below 100 twice of their T20I historical past, first towards Netherlands within the match above, after which once more on Monday, once they misplaced to Sri Lanka.
  • Quotes

    “We don’t necessarily have to go back to the drawing board. We have a very good game plan. We back ourselves in strike rotation and play spin well, which we just didn’t execute tonight. The spirit in the camp is extremely high. We back ourselves obviously against the Netherlands, we back ourselves against Ireland, and let’s see where those games take us.”

    Craig Williams shouldn’t be taking Namibia’s opening defeat to Sri Lanka too badly.

    “Two must-win games. We’ve got Namibia, who we’ve played before, and we know their strengths, we know their weaknesses, and we’re going to have to go out and beat them.”

    It’s a simple case of should-win for Netherlands, based on opening batter Max O’Dowd.

    Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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