The T20 World Cup 2022 on Australian soil is starting from Sunday (16 October). By the way, in the first phase of the tournament, the qualification round matches are going to be held. In this episode, two matches are to be held on the first day at the Cardinia Park ground in Geelong. In the opening match, one-time champions Sri Lanka will face Namibia. In the second match of the day, the team of UAE and Netherlands will clash with each other.
The spirits of the Sri Lankan team are very high.
Sri Lanka recently won the Asia Cup title. Due to which his spirits are very high. Anyway, Namibia looks very weak on paper. In such a situation, defeating him should not be that difficult for Sri Lanka. Match between the two teams according to Indian time 9.30 pm will start with. In this match, the command of Sri Lanka will be in the hands of Dasun Shanaka, while Gerhard Erasmus will be seen handling the Namibian team.
Namibia team: Gerhard Erasmus (Captain), JJ Smit, Dewan La Cock, Stephen Byrd, Nicole Lofty Eaton, Jan Frylink, David Wije, Ruben Trumpelman, Jane Green, Bernard Scholtz, Tangany Lungmeni, Michael van Lingen, Ben Shikongo, Karl Berkenstock, Lohan Lawrence , Helao or France.
Sri Lankan Team: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Danushka Gunathilak, Pathum Nisanka, Kusal Mendis (WK), Charit Aslanka, Bhanuka Rajapakse (WK), Dhananjay de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mahish Tekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmanhita Madushanka, Lahmanhita Chamira, , Pramod Madushan.
Tough competition between Netherlands and UAE
Talking about the second match, a tough competition can be seen between Netherlands and United Arab Emirates (UAE). By the way, the Netherlands, captained by Scott Edwards, looks a bit heavy. The Netherlands team has faced Pakistan, New Zealand and England in recent months, due to which they must have gained some experience. Even though people have low expectations from UAE and Netherlands, they have left no stone unturned in their preparation. This match will take place at noon Indian time. 1.30 pm will be played with.
Netherlands: Scott Edwards (capt), Colin Ackerman, Shariz Ahmed, Logan van Beek, Tom Cooper, Brandon Glover, Tim van der Guggen, Fred Klaasen, Bass de Leede, Paul van Meeckeren, Roelof van der Merwe, Stefan Myberg, Teja Nidamanuru, Max O’Dowd, Tim Pringle, Vikram Singh.
United Arab Emirates: CP Rizwan (Captain), Vritya Aravind, Chirag Suri, Muhammad Wasim, Basil Hameed, Aryan Lakra, Jawar Farid, Kashif Dawood, Karthik Meiyappan, Ahmed Raza, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddiqui, Sabir Ali, Alishan Sharafu, Ayan Khan.
Cardinia Park pitch is suitable for batting
The pitch of Geelong’s Cardinia Park is considered quite flat. In such a situation, the batsmen will get a lot of advantage here. In both the matches, after winning the toss, the team would like to bat first so that a big total can be made. So far only one T20 International match has been played at this ground. In that match played in 2017, the Sri Lankan team defeated Australia by two wickets. In the T20 World Cup, only qualifying round matches are to be held at this ground.