ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: Namibia meets Asian champions Sri Lanka

Namibia will look to continue their meteoric rise in the cricket world when they meet Sri Lanka, who will be brimming with confidence after last month’s Asian Cup victory. The first round begins with a bang as in the first of 45 games Group A favorites Sri Lanka meet Namibia, a team with strong ambitions to make it to the Super 12 stage. The two teams will face off for the second time in a major competition on Sunday.

At the previous T20 World Cup, Namibia and Sri Lanka were drawn into the same group and faced each other in their first game. Gerhard Erasmus and his team will not have fond memories of this match as Sri Lanka overpowered them comprehensively; Namibia was eliminated on 96 points and the Lankans finished the chase with seven wickets and more than six overs.

However, Namibia put on a brave performance in the remaining games, beating Ireland and the Netherlands to advance to the Super 12 where they also defeated Scotland. Since then, the team has gained confidence and experience, which was evident when they put on a brilliant display in the mega-event warm-up against Ireland earlier this week. Namibia is hoping for an even better performance this time and would like to beat the lankers at the start of the trip.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka, having just defeated the likes of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh en route to the Asian Cup title as Asian champions, they have a good reputation to uphold in this competition.

This win, which included five consecutive triumphs, ended a worrying streak of performance since the last T20 World Championship campaign. Before lifting the Asian Cup this year, Sri Lanka had lost nine of their first ten Twenty20 internationals.

The Lankans have also brought their excellent form to Australia, as evidenced by their outstanding display against Zimbabwe in the friendly. With the help of batsmen like Kusal Mendis and Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka’s team won the game by 33 runs. Now when they play Namibia they will try to continue that momentum.

Squad Namibia: Gerhard Erasmus (c), JJ Smit, Divan la Cock, Stephen Baard, Nicol Loftie Eaton, Jan Frylinck, David Wiese, Ruben Trumpelmann, Zane Green, Bernard Scholtz, Tangeni Lungameni, Michael van Lingen, Ben Shikongo, Karl Birkenstock , Lohan Louwrens, Helao Ya France.

Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera (subject to fitness), Lahiru Kumara ( subject to fitness), Dilshan Madushanka, Pramod Madushan.


Standby Players: Ashen Bandara, Praveen Jayawickrema, Dinesh Chandimal, Binura Fernando, Nuwanidu Fernando.

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