25th September 2019
11:30 PM IST
Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida
Namibia faces Papua New Guinea in the first of the two-game T20I series scheduled to begin today. Namibia has a flawless record in the shortest format of the game with seven victories from seven games in T20Is thus far. They will be brimming with confidence when they take on Papua New Guinea whilst their opponents will need to be at their best to avoid defeat against a nation that excels in this format of the game.
Mostly Sunny conditions with few chances of rain and temperature ranging around 30 degree Celsius expected during the course of the game.
The surface will provide plenty of assistance to the bowlers, especially the spinners, who will be expected to make a decisive contribution in this match.
No notable injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Steven Baard has scored three half-centuries in his last six T20Is and the onus will lie on him to provide a strong start to the innings. Meanwhile, Zhivago Groenewald and Christi Viljoen are pillars of the bowling unit.
Steven Baard, Karl Birkenstock, JP Kotze, Gerhard Erasmus (C), Craig Williams, JJ Smith, Zane Green (WK), Zhivago Groenewald, Christi Viljoen, Jan Frylinck, Bernard Scholtz
Papua New Guinea:
Charles Amini is an important presence in the side considering his excellent numbers with both bat and bowl. Norman Vanua and Nosaina Pokana will be expected to provide impetus with the bowl in hand.
Tony Ura, Gaudi Toka, Assad Vala (C), Charles Amini, Chad Soper, Lega Siaka, Kiplin Doriga (WK), Hiri Hiri, Norman Vanua, Jason Kila, Nosaina Pokana
Steven Baard and Charles Amini are must picks given their ability to conjure up impactful displays on a regular basis. Christi Viljoen’s experience in this format makes him a valuable addition whilst Norman Vanua and Asad Vala too would be brilliant picks.
1: Steven Baard
2: Charles Amini
3: Christi Viljoen
K Doriga, Points: 36-38, Grade: A
T Ura, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
J Kotze, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
S Baard, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
G Erasmus, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
A Vala, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
C Amini, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
Z Groenewald, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
N Pokana, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
N Vanua, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
C Viljoen, Points: 56-58, Grade: A