Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction ICC Men's T20 WC Qualifier 2019 - Papua New Guinea v Namibia

Papua New Guinea celebrate a wicket
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The 10th match of the ICC Men's T20 WC Qualifier 2019 will be played between Papua New Guinea and Namibia at the ICC Academy in Dubai.

Papua New Guinea have not been in the best of form coming into the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier. PNG remained unbeaten in the East Asia Pacific sub regional and regional qualifiers to earn their T20 WC Qualifier spot but have since lost all of their last 8 ODIs.

The team is better equipped to handle the T20 format but losses against Oman and UAE in the warm-up matches do not bode well for them.

Skipper Assad Vala is the fulcrum of the team's batting line-up. Left-arm pacer Nosaina Pokana is their premium bowler and has the versatility to bowl at different times during an innings.

Namibia have been moving northwards after securing the ODI status following their win in the final of the World Cricket League division 2. That said, they have a tendency to underperform and a loss against Hong Kong in the warm-up match is further proof of that.

With batsman JP Kotze and captain Gerhard Erasmus being in good form, they would hope to pummel through to the qualifiers. All-rounder JJ Smit will be key for the team as apart from his left-arm pace, he is also a destructive batsman lower down the order. Spinners Zhivago Groenewald and Bernard Scholtz will round up Namibia's bowling attack.

Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:

Papua New Guinea- Assad Vala (c), Charles Amini (vc), Simon Atai, Sese Bau, Kiplin Doriga, Riley Hekure, Hiri Hiri, Jason Kila, Nosaina Pokana, Damien Ravu, John Reva, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Norman Vanua, Tony Ura

Namibia- Gerhard Erasmus (c), Jan Frylinck (vc), Stephan Baard, Karl Birkenstock, Niko Davin, Zane Green, Zhivago Groenewald, Jean-Pierre Kotze, Tangeni Lungameni, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Christi Viljoen, Pikky Ya France, Craig Williams

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Namibia

Who will win? – Namibia

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Assad Vala (Papua New Guinea), JP Kotze (Namibia)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Nosaina Pokana (Papua New Guinea), JJ Smit (Namibia)

Most Sixes – Assad Vala (Papua New Guinea), JJ Smit (Namibia)

Man of the Match –  JJ Smit

Team Scores Batting first – Papua New Guinea 150+, Namibia 160+

Match Handicap Namibia

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.


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