After playing some of their best cricket in recent times and winning an Asia Cup, Sri Lanka are out on the field, contesting for a spot in the main draw of the World Cup. They are the only side other from the Asia Cup, barring Hong Kong, who are turning up in this tournament. While their presence in the tournament may seem baffling, it is also a nice chance for them to settle into the conditions at Australia.
Namibia are the opponents here, and they will remember fondly what happened in the last T20 World Cup. During the previous edition, Namibia played some really good cricket to make it to the main draw. Now, David Wiese is in just as good form and may well take them into the next round again.
Played- 1 | Sri Lanka – 1 | Namibia – 0 | No Result- 0 | Tie- 0
Date: 16th October 2022
Time: 9:30 AM IST
Venue: South Geelong, Victoria
The weather at South Victoria is clear and a full game is expected, although there could be a cold breeze and some chilly temperatures.
The Geelong track is normally good for batters. The boundaries are also pretty small and run-scoring should be pretty easy. Batting second will be a better option.
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjay De Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Dasun Shanaka, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana
Gerhard Erasmus, Zene Green, Stephan Baard, Karl Birkenstock, Pikky Ya France, David Wiese, JJ Smit, Ben Shikongo, Tangeni Lungameni, Bernard Scholtz, Michael Van Lingen
Wanindu Hasaranga is the superstar of the Sri Lankan Cricket team right now. For them to make any sort of impact in the World Cup, his leg-spin will have to produce a huge contribution. He is already a contender for most wickets in the tournament, but it will be interesting to see how he reacts to Australian pitches, and if he can live up to the expectations.
Like Wanindu Hasaranga for Sri Lanka, David Wiese is probably the most important player for Namibia. He contributes strongly with both bat and ball, and is in pretty good form as well. With the ability to create a huge impact, David Wiese will be the player Namibia look to at crucial stages in the tournament.
Sri Lanka are comfortably ahead coming into this contest. They possess a strong and stable line-up and will enjoy facing some smaller teams throughout the tournament.