The fifth match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 between Namibia and the Netherlands will be a pivotal match. Both teams will want to keep up the momentum after winning to start the competition. Namibia’s victory over Sri Lanka will boost their confidence. The Netherlands started out by defeating the United Arab
Namibia defeated a major team handily, pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the competition. Their bowlers and batsmen are both in excellent shape, which is advantageous for the squad. It will be intriguing to observe how the Netherlands’ batters approach this match because they didn’t appear confident in the previous game.
The way his team played against Sri Lanka in their debut game would have pleased Gerhard Erasmus. The team humiliated Sri Lanka by 55 runs, displacing the experts. The squad worked well together, and their bowlers made excellent use of the environment. In order to improve their position, Erasmus would like his team to continue their current form and win this game.
In the previous game, Michael van Lingen and Divan la Cock were cheaply eliminated, therefore they’d like to perform well this time. Runs were scored by the middle order, but the three of Stephan Baard, Erasmus, and Nicol Loftie-Eaton will want to build on their strong starts. With their striking prowess, David Wiese, Jan Frylinck, and JJ Smith provide the bottom middle order some punch.
Wiese and Erasmus are seasoned bowlers, so the team would anticipate early wickets from them to put them in a favourable position. In the middle overs against Sri Lanka, Bernard Scholtz and Ben Shikongo did well, and they’ll try to do the same in this match. Smith and Jan Frylinck round up the team’s potent bowling attack and arrive with great confidence.
Talking about Netherlands, the team of Scott Edwards enters this match with a victory over UAE by a score of 3-wickets. While their bowlers did a good job of holding the UAE to a score of 111 runs, they had trouble in the run chase as their batsmen wasted their starts. They must put on a stronger performance in this game because they cannot afford to play Namibia the same way.
Due to the fact that both Max O’Dowd and Vikramjit Singh started the last game, they must put on a strong performance at the top. To put the side in a dominant position, Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, and Tom Cooper must form partnerships in the middle order. Along with Roelof van der Merwe, Edwards must contribute quick runs since he hits the ball cleanly.
After the strong performance in the last game, their bowling would be confident, and the team would require early strikes from Tim Pringle and Fred Klaassen. With van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, and Paul van Meekeren joining him in the middle overs, Bas de Leede, who was outstanding in the previous game, will need to bowl tight lines.
Namibia’s Probable XI
Gerhard Erasmus (c), Michael van Lingen, Divan la Cock, Stephan Baard, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Zane Green (wk), Bernard Scholtz, David Wiese,, and Ben Shikongo
Netherlands’ Probable XI
Scott Edwards (c & wk), Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Vikramjit Singh, Tom Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Pringle, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Tim Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren