Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Scotland's chance to right the wrongs after 60 all out. Will Scotland's batters stand up and be counted once more?
Will Scotland's batters stand up and be counted once more?
“It's been quite tough times during COVID over the last two years. If I can say, economy-wise, it's been quite tough in Namibia. Everyone is quite excited to see athletes do well in sport, and it has the power to change the mood in the country. This, and our Olympians doing well over the last couple of months, it's a great sporting achievement that has really uplifted the spirits of the nation back home, and we're a very proud team to have done that.”
Gerhard Erasmus isn't getting carried away with Namibia making it to the Super 12 stage of T20 WC but understands his team has achieved something that can have a lasting impact of the cricket back home in a good way. Things are set to get tougher before they play the full member nations but a win against Scotland is a chance for Erasmus's men to capitalise on the momentum and gain another World Cup win. The Namibia captain was also quick to warn Scotland “that there's some potential sitting in the dugout that will right sometime in the tournament”.
Scotland had an evening to forget against Afghanistan – slipping to a massive 130-run loss – and will hope to find some quick fixes before New Zealand, India and Pakistan come calling.
When: Scotland vs Namibia, Super 12, Group 2, 18:00 Local, 19:30 IST
Where: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
What to expect: In the last five matches at the venue, only once has the team batting first won (Sri Lanka hammering Ireland by 70 runs). With dew again expecting to play a part, the captains would want to chase.
T20I Head to Head: Scotland 0-2 Namibia
Injury/Availability Concerns:Scotland don't have any injury concerns ahead of the clash.
Tactics & Matchups: Both Scotland and Namibia have a pace-heavy attack. However, Namibia will want to target Scotland's weakness against spin. Scotland lost 6 for 53 against Bangladesh and then were 60 all out against Aghanistan – losing nine wickets to Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman. Bernard Scholtz and Pikky Ya France will be key against Scotland's batters.
Probable XI:George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal
Injury/Availability Concerns: Namibia too have all their 15 players available for selection.
Tactics & Matchups: If playing spin in Scotland's issue, Namibia have been hurt by starting troubles. In the first round, Namibia had to second-lowest run rate in the powerplay and the onus will be on Craig Williams and Zane Green to give the side a fast start. The latter strikes them at 77.50 in the powerplay and needs to improve to transfer the pressure early on their opponents.
Probable XI:Zane Green (wk), Craig Williams, Michael van Lingen, Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Pikky Ya France, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz
Did you know?
– Scotland have lost 15 of their 30 wickets to spin in the tournament so far – the most by any team.
– Namibia have won eight of the nine T20Is this year.
What they said:
“We played Scotland quite a lot. I think all of the players know each other, and the matchups are there. I don't think there will be any surprises from any side. It's about who can execute the best on the day.” – Erasmus.
“We had a very brief chat (about the loss against Afghanistan). It obviously was very disappointing, but at the same time, T20 comes quick and fast, so there wasn't too much dwelling and chat on the game specifically.” – Matthew Cross.