Papua New Guinea lock horns with Namibia in the second semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers. The former finished at the top of the table in Group A with five victories and 10 points to their name ensuring their place in the T20 World Cup held next year in Australia. Namibia, on the other hand, defeated a formidable Oman outfit in the second play-off to seal their World Cup spot. Papua New Guinea enters the game with a slight edge over their opponents. Having said that, Namibia too can’t be underestimated after their smashing victory over Oman.
ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier
Papua New Guinea vs Namibia
1st November 2019
9:00 PM IST
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Clear conditions with absolutely no chances of rain and temperature ranging around 33 degrees Celsius expected during the game.
It will be decent batting track with enough assistance in it for the pacers as well as the spinners. A score ranging between 150-160 could prove to be a winning total on this surface.
No notable injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Papua New Guinea:
Assad Vala and Tony Ura are the stand-out figures in the batting unit and the mantle of run-scoring will lie on their shoulders. Charles Amini can make a decisive impact with both bat and bowl whilst Damien Ravu will spearhead the bowling attack alongside Nosaina Pokana and Norman Vanua.
Assad Vala(c), Tony Ura, Lega Siaka, Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Riley Hekure, Kiplin Doriga(w), Jason Kila, Norman Vanua, Damien Ravu, Nosaina Pokana
Stephan Baard and JP Kotze hold the key at the top whilst the likes of Craig Williams and Gerhard Erasmus can anchor the inning and facilitate the smooth flow of runs in the middle. Jan Frylinck has bagged 15 wickets in this competition and is vital from the bowling perspective.
Stephan Baard, Niko Davin, JP Kotze, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus(c), JJ Smit, Zane Green(w), Jan Frylinck, Christi Viljoen, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo
JJ Smit put in a brilliant performance in the game against Oman by scoring a quickfire half-century( 59 from 25) in the first inning and then bagged two wickets with the bowl in hand. Assad Vala has accumulated 184 runs in the tournament and has also picked up a few crucial wickets for his side. His dual skillset makes him a must-pick in the Dream11 Team. Gerhard Erasmus, Norman Vanua, and Tony Ura are other advisable picks given the immense value the trio bring to the Dream11 Team.
1: JJ Smit
2: Assad Vala
3: Gerhard Erasmus
Z Green, Points: 28-30, Grade: B
G Erasmus, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
T Ura, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
S Bau, Points: 24-26, Grade: B
C Amini, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
A Vala, Points: 82-84, Grade: A
J Smit, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
J Frylinck, Points: 62-64, Grade: A
B Scholtz, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
N Vanua, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
D Ravu, Points: 56-58, Grade: A