Two upcoming teams in world cricket, Scotland and Namibia, will lock horns in Match 21 of the ICC T20 World Cup on Wednesday, 27th October, in an evening encounter at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. While Scotland endured a horrid run in their last encounter against Afghanistan, Namibia will enter the Super 12s with plenty of confidence after their spirited performance against Ireland in the final qualifying game. The two sides have competed twice in T20 internationals, with Namibia registering comprehensive wins in both games.
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One of the three venues used for the second phase of the Indian Premier League, the wickets at the Zayed Cricket Stadium will be sluggish in nature. The average first innings total at the venue will be around the 150-run mark, with the pace bowlers dominating the proceedings. The fast bowlers have picked up 914 wickets in 251 innings and have a wicket per inning ratio of 3.6. On the other hand, spinners have picked up 493 wickets at an average of 26.2, which is 35 percent of the overall wickets and have a wicket per innings ratio of 2.
With 21 wickets in 16 innings at an economy rate of 6.39, JJ Smit is one of the upcoming all-rounders in this form of the game. Smit has amassed 389 runs in 17 innings at a strike rate of 151.95. The right-handed batter is also one of the mainstays in the batting unit of the Namibia side and has guided them over the line on numerous occasions. In their maiden appearance at the Super 12 stage, Smit will be one of the key players for the side in this clash.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Smit to score 17-25 runs and pick up 1-2 wickets in this match.
One of the most experienced players in the batting unit of Scotland, the onus of the side will rely on Richie Berrington after a dismal outing in the last game against Afghanistan. In their league match against Oman in the qualifying stage, Berrington scored a quickfire 31 off 21 deliveries to propel the side into the Super 12s. The right-handed batter has scored 1620 runs in 63 innings at an average of 32.40 and will be one of the key players for the side in the middle order.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Berrington to score 15-23 runs in this match.
An unbeaten 53 off 49 deliveries in the last encounter, Gerhard Erasmus anchored the run chase and helped Namibia get over the line against Ireland. After creating history and guiding the team to their maiden appearance in the Super 12s, the skipper of the side will have to shoulder the bulk of the responsibility of the side batting at number three. Erasmus has scored 627 runs in 23 innings at an average of 36.88 and will be one of the X factors for Namibia in this crucial match.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Erasmus to score 17-25 runs in this match.
One of the most consistent performers for the Scotland side, George Munsey, will look to give the team a flying start in the field restrictions. The left-handed batter has scored 1207 in 45 innings, including an unbeaten knock of 127 runs against the Netherlands in 2019. Munsey has a strike rate of 151.06 and has the ability to take the game away from the opposition in the powerplay. Scotland will rely on him and skipper Kyle Coetzer to lay a solid foundation for a mammoth first innings total.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Munsey to score 18-26 runs in this match.