Still undergoing a difficult transition phase, former champions Sri Lanka will seek a prefect start to their T20 World Cup campaign when they clash with Namibia, who are returning to the big stage after 18 years, in the Qualifiers in Abu Dhabi on Monday (October 18). Sri Lanka won the 2014 edition of the tournament and from next year onwards their champion players retired one after another, leaving the side with a challenging job of finding their replacements.
Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera have all hung their boots. Their rankings plummeted and as a result, they found themselves in the first round of the showpiece instead of getting a direct berth in the Super 12 stage.
As if losing their legends was not enough, Sri Lanka are also dealing with year-long suspensions handed to performers like Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka for breaching the bio-secure bubble in England. It means that the youngsters in the side like 24-year-old Charith Asalanka, who was the Player of the Series in their recent ODI series win over South Africa, Avishka Fernando, Kamindu Mendis and seamer Chamika Karunaratne have to play a key role. The return of Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Perera will certainly ease the job captain of Dasun Shanaka.
The Lankans also have top wrist spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who has made a mark for himself as a top bowler in the world. Hasaranga is also a useful batter with two fifties to his name as well, with a high score of 74.
Sri Lanka’s first rivals Namibia are returning to World Cup stage after competing in the 2003 edition. Skipper Gerhard Erasmus was only seven years old when Namibia last played in the World cup, going winless across the six games.
All-rounder JJ Smit struck 190 runs at a strike rate of 168, with the dependable Craig Williams and Stephen Baard providing valuable runs at the top. The inclusion of David Wiese, a former South African international, has bolstered the side.
Namibia: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Stephen Baard, Karl Birkenstock. Michau du Preez, Jan Frylinck, Zane Green, Nicol Lofie-Eaton, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, David Wiese, Craig Williams and Pikky Ya France.
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya De Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando.
When and what time will the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 match between Namibia vs Sri Lanka start?
The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 match between Namibia vs Sri Lanka begins on October 18 at 7:30 PM IST.
Where will the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 match between Namibia vs Sri Lanka take place?
The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 match between Namibia vs Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.
Which channel will telecast the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 match between Namibia vs Sri Lanka in India?
The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 match between Namibia vs Sri Lanka will be available on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, and Star Sports Hindi
How to watch the live streaming of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 match between Namibia vs Sri Lanka in India?
The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 match between Namibia vs Sri Lanka will stream live on the Disney+Hotsar app and website.