SL vs NAM Match Preview, Match Details, Pitch Report, Probable Playing XI, Match Predictions for Match 1, Group A of ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022

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Match Preview

SL vs NAM: The group stages for the qualification into the super 12 of the ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022 are all set to commence on 16th October 2022. Sri Lanka and Namibia will face each other in the first match of Group A. The table-toppers of Group A will qualify for the final super 12 groups.

Sri Lanka, recently crowned as the Asian Champions, failed to receive a direct qualification into the Super 12. Hence, they have to fight it out in the qualifiers to secure that spot. They have been in great form recently. Having started out as underdogs, they went on to upset the likes of Asian biggies such as India and Pakistan to get the ultimate title.

Namibia, on the other hand, will bank on their veteran, David Weise. His contributions are vital to the team. He played an important role in the qualifiers of the T20 World Cup 2021. The team eventually went on to qualify for the Super 12. They too stand a good chance of making the qualifications.

Match Details for SL vs NAM

Series: ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022

Match: 16th October 2022 (Sunday)

Time: 9:30 AM IST

Venue: Simonds Stadium, Geelong

Live Streaming: Star Sports, Hotstar

Pitch Report for SL vs NAM

The pitch at Simonds Stadium is known to be a belter for the batters. A good, high-scoring match is on the cards. The pacers can make use of the bounce initially. Lastly, bowling first could be the preferred choice for the captains.

Probable Playing XI

Sri Lanka

Kusal Mendis(wicket-keeper), Pathum Nissanka, Bhanuka Rajapasksa, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilshan Madhushan


Stephan Baard, Lohandre Louwrens, Gerhard Erasmus (captain), Divan la Cook, JJ Smit, David Wiese, Zane Green (wicket-keeper), Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz, Michael van Lingen, Ben Shikongo

Match Predictions for SL vs NAM

Sri Lanka is the probable winner of this game. They are a much more balanced and experienced unit compared to Namibia. There are a few injury concerns, but only time will tell how that plays out. Meanwhile, Namibia could also put up a good fight. They will heavily depend on David Wiese. His performance will decide Namibia’s fate in this tournament. Overall, a good contest is on the charts for sure.

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