In the first game on Tuesday, Scotland and Namibia face off against one another at the ICC Academy in Dubai. Both Scotland and Namibia have won one game each with their only losses coming against Singapore and PNG respectively. While Scotland needed to dig deep against Kenya, Namibia faced a reality check against PNG, who beat them by 81 runs on Sunday. Scotland walks into this game as the favourites with the likes of Richie Berrington and George Munsey in fine form. Nevertheless, an exciting contest between the two sides awaits on Tuesday.
Scotland vs Namibia, Match 19
October 22nd 2019, 11:30 AM IST
ICC Academy, Dubai
An even contest between bat and ball beckons with extra help on offer for the pacers upfront. In spite of the spinners also getting some purchase.. 150 would be a competitive score on this surface given how the recent matches at this venue have panned out.
The weather in Dubai is clear for the game with there being no chance of any rain. Humid conditions are expected with teams preferring to chase with dew set to play a part in the second innings. The temperature will range between 30 to 32 degrees during the course of the match.
Injuries: No injuries are reported from either side
Probable Playing XI
Scotland shouldn’t be making any changes to their side with a win in their previous game. While George Munsey did get off to another decent start against Kenya, Richie Berrington was the star of the show with a handy cameo to go along with a three fer. With the experience of Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod also boding well for them, Scotland is well equipped in the batting. Their bowling depends on the exploits of Josh Davey and Safyaan Sharif, who shared four wickets among them against Kenya last week.
Kyle Coetzer, George Munsey, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Ollie Hairs, Matthew Cross, Tom Sole, Safyaan Sharif, Josh Davey, Mark Watt and Hamza Tahir
Although Namibia has lost both their games so far, Jan Frylinck has impressed with the ball in hand. Against PNG, none of the Namibia batsmen was able to score more than 20. The likes of JP Kotze and Gerhard Erasmus are key to their fortunes in the batting unit with Craig Williams providing the impetus in the latter overs. They will enter this game as the underdogs although they would love to set the record straight on Tuesday.
JP Kotze, Stephan Baard, Gerhard Erasmus, Craig Williams, JJ Smit, Zane Green, Jan Frylinck, Zhivago Groenewald, Niko Davin and Bernard Scholtz
George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer form an aggressive opening pair with both individuals threatening to tee off in the tournament. Both of them are must-haves in the team along with Gerhard Erasmus, who has been decent so far with both bat and ball. In form, Richie Berrington and JJ Smit are also two very good options while Josh Davey, who has six wickets to his name so far is also one to watch out for on Tuesday.
1. George Munsey
2. Josh Davey
3. Gerhard Erasmus
George Munsey, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
Gerhard Erasmus, Points: 74-76, Grade: A
Kyle Coetzer, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
Jan Frylinck, Points: 20-22, Grade: B
JP Kotze, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
Josh Davey, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
JJ Smit, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
Craig Williams, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
Tom Sole, Points: 55-57, Grade: A
Safyaan Sharif, Points: 20-22, Grade: B
Richie Berrington, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
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