Papua New Guinea battle Namibia in the tenth match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers. Both sides have played a game each in their qualifying campaign but have faced contrasting results. While Papua New Guinea completed a resounding victory over Bermuda in their opener, Namibia suffered a defeat at the hands of the rampant Netherlands. However, they have enough class in their ranks to immediately return back to winning ways and this promises to be an exciting contest between two well-matched sides.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier
Papua New Guinea vs Namibia
20th October 2019
11:30 AM IST
ICC Academy Ground No.2, Dubai
Bright sunny conditions are expected with absolutely no chances of rain and temperature ranging around 33 degrees Celsius expected during the game.
The surface will provide plenty of aid to the spinners who will have a major say on the eventual outcome of the game.
No major injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Papua New Guinea:
Skipper Assad Vala and Tony Ura will lead the way in the batting department whilst Charles Amini’s dual skills will be vital from the team’s perspective. Norman Vanua and Nosiana Pokana picked up five wickets among them in the previous game and are the crucial players in the bowling unit.
Assad Vala (C), Tony Ura, Laga Siaka, Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Riley Hekure, Kiplin Doriga (WK), Jason Kila, Norman Vanua, Damien Ravu, Nosiana Pokana
In their last game, they put in a disastrous batting display and will be hoping for better performances from the likes of JP Kotze and Craig Williams with the willow in hand. Christi Viljoen will have to step up with both bat and bowl whereas Zhivago Groenewald will be looking to pick up a couple of wickets after going wicket-less in the opener.
Niko Davin, Gerhard Erasmus (C), JP Kotze, Craig Williams, Jan Frylinck, Christi Viljoen, Zane Green (WK), Bernard Scholtz, Helao Nafidi Ya-France, Zhivago Groenewald, JJ Smit
Assad Vala put in an assured all-round performance in the first game by plundering 53 from 35 balls at a strike rate of 151.43 and also bagged a wicket with the ball in hand. Thus, he is a mandatory pick ahead of this encounter. Gerhard Erasmus is another all-rounder that has to be picked considering the immense value he brings to the fantasy side. He didn’t enjoy the brightest of first outings but would look to make amends by making a big contribution in this game. Tony Ura and JP Kotze should also be included in the Dream11 Team.
1: Assad Vala
2: Gerhard Erasmus
3: JP Kotze
J Kotze, Points: 78-80, Grade: A
T Ura, Points: 68-70, Grade: A
L Siaka, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
J Frylinck, Points: 74-76, Grade: A
A Vala, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
G Erasmus, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
C Viljoen, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
J Smit, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
N Vanua, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
B Scholtz, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
D Ravu, Points: 52-54, Grade: A