Date & Time: Tuesday, October 29, 21:00 IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Bowling heavy sides brace for a batting challenge
Two sides Namibia and Oman which relied on their bowling to get the job done, are clashing off each other in the second playoff on Tuesday at Dubai international stadium. The pitch has proved to be a belter for batting, which is quite a challenge for the teams playing tonight. If not for the loss against Jersey in the final Group match, Oman would have made a direct entry into the World Cup. They are the only team to fail to cross 150 runs mark with teams having won at least 3 games, which itself indicates the lack of strong batting. On the other hand, it is more or less a similar story for Namibia but unlike Oman, they made their mark at the back end of the season by winning four games in a row.
Oman is likely to make a couple of changes after their loss to Jersey. While Namibia likely to stick with the winning combination.
The surface at Dubai International stadium has proved to be more of a batsmen friendly one, where scores of around 160 have been the norm. So expect nothing different from it.
Apart from a couple of good knocks, he hasn’t lit up the Oman top order. But with the ball, he has chipped in with at least a wicket in every match. He possesses the highest PPM for Oman on the tour with 66 points per match. His MDTA of 1.2 making him a must-have in today’s match.
He is the most consistent batsman for Oman in the tournament as he has always given a good start at the top of the order. He has a PPM of 45 and an MDTA of 1.5 on the tour.
He has the highest PPM of 76, which is more than any other player in today’s match. He has been amongst the top wicket-takers for the side in the tournament and also chipped in with handy cameos down the order which proved to be a vast difference in the end result most of the time.
The Namibian skipper hasn’t been at his best at the start of the tournament, which has been one of the reasons for the side’s poor show. But at the back end, he has come up with a few crucial knocks for the side. He has a PPM of 56.8 and an MDTA of 1.67 in the last five matches.
In the last 3 or 4 games, he has taken the responsibility of picking wickets alongside Frylinck, who used to be amongst the wickets. He has at least picked a wicket in each match on the tour which yielded him the PPM of 55 and an MDTA of 1.2.