Two teams that suffered losses in their opening group games meet in this crucial Group A clash – Namibia vs Netherlands. Both teams need to win to avoid crashing out of the group stage.
In their first game, Namibia had a tough task and ended up losing to Group favourites Sri Lanka by seven wickets. The Netherlands would have been disappointed about the manner of their defeat to Ireland, a side they are closely matched with. Four wickets in four balls by Irish Bowler Curtis Campher saw the Dutch reduced to 106, which the Irish chased with five overs to spare.
In what could be a tense encounter, the Netherlands are the match favourites at 1.50, with Namibia the slight underdogs at 2.63.
Namibia vs Netherlands T20 World Cup
Team news for Namibia
Namibia had potentially the most challenging opening assignment of any side in the World Cup. They took on a Sri Lanka side who have aspirations of going far in the tournament.
Namibia, while batting, couldn't get going, losing wickets in regular clusters with only Gerhard Erasmus and Craig Williams offering any sort of resistance, scoring 20 and 29, respectively. They ended up posting a total of just 96, which was never going to be enough to beat this Sri Lankan side.
Some credit must be given to the side from Africa as they never gave up and made some early in-roads to the Sri Lankan batting lineup, reducing the Sri Lankans to 26/3. Strike bowler Reuben Trumpelman was the pick of the bowlers for Namibia, and more will be needed from him if they are to cause an upset and beat the Netherlands.
Likely playing 11 of Namibia
Pikky Ya France, Karl Birkenstock, Zane Green(wk), Stephan Baard, David Wiese, Jan Frylinck, Bernard Scholtz, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Gerhard Erasmus, Craig Williams
Team News for Netherlands
The Netherlands will be really disappointed in their defeat to Ireland. In what was a contest between two sides who will most likely be battling it out for second place behind Sri Lanka, it was a pivotal match for both. The match turned on its head when the Netherlands, who were going along nicely at 51/2, lost four wickets in four balls to find themselves at 51 for six in the blink of an eye.
After losing four wickets in such quick succession, the Dutch were clearly rocked and could only limp towards a total of 110. Ireland's strength is their batting, and they reached the low total with five overs to go. The Dutch kept fighting, and the wickets were shared amongst Brandon Glover, Pieter Seelaar, and Fred Klassen.
With two fragile-looking batting lineups, bowling will be key in this game, and the Dutch will look towards quick bowler Brandon Glover to give them an advantage. Glover is priced at 2.63 to claim over 1.5 match wickets, and with the Dutch looking to claim early wickets, that could be one of the better bets of the game.
Likely playing 11 of Netherlands
Pikky Ya France, Karl Birkenstock, Zane Green(wk), Stephan Baard, David Wiese, Jan Frylinck, Bernard Scholtz, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Gerhard Erasmus(c), Craig Williams
Pitch and Weather Conditions
This contest will take place in Abu Dhabi at the Zayed Sports City Stadium. This stadium is one of the better pitches in the UAE for allowing the ball to come onto the bat, and the scoring has been higher here than in other stadiums being used in this World Cup.
Used for both international T20 games as well as the IPL, the average score in the first innings is 156, and the average winning score in the first innings is up at 176. Over the course of all T20 matches that have been completed in Abu Dhabi, there isn't really too much of an advantage to the team that chooses to bat first or second. The team that bats first has won 33 times, with the team that bats second winning 40 times.
Betting Predictions for Namibia vs Netherlands
Now let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for Namibia vs Netherlands:
Match Result Prediction
The two sides met back in 2019 in the qualifiers of this tournament, and the Netherlands were the winners by 44 runs.
Usually, you would back the Netherlands to win this match 9 times out of 10, but this is a high-pressure match where anything can happen. The Dutch are definitely the more established side and have a wealth of experience on their side. They will be so disappointed in losing to Ireland and will realistically need to win both remaining matches to have any shot of qualifying for the Super 12 phase. We think the Dutch recovery will start here as they have the recent victory to draw upon and should have enough talent and experience to win this tricky-looking contest.
Match Winner: Netherlands (1.50)
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Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that should offer something to both batsmen and bowlers, the team that wins the toss will be looking to chase as the ground seems to favour the chasing team slightly. For the team that bats first, the average score in the first innings is 156, so anything over this will be somewhat tough to chase.
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Top Batsman for Netherlands
It says something about how poor the Dutch were in their first match against Ireland that they fell for a total of 110, with Max O'Dowd scoring 51 of those runs. Despite the madness going on around him, O'Dowd, who opened the batting for the Netherlands, scored a measured 51 off 46 deliveries.
O'Dowd looked at home on the surface, and had he not been required to chase a big total by himself, he could have gone on to make a big score. In games like these, we always think it makes sense to side with the batsman in form, and following match 1, O'Dowd is definitely that man. Priced at odds of 3.50 to be his team's top scorer, we are hoping that he can continue where he left off in the first match.
Max O'Dowd to be Netherlands top-scoring batsman (3.50)
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