The much anticipated World Cup will begin from 16th October. The first round of the World Cup consists of qualifiers where 4 teams would qualify to the Super 12s of the World Cup. We will see teams like West Indies, Sri Lanka in the qualifiers.
The first match of the T20 World Cup will start with Sri Lanka against the African team in Namibia. Namibia impressed everyone with their all-round skills in the previous World Cup. They have some match-winners in the side who could take the game away very quickly. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka would be high on confidence after winning the Asia Cup. The team is blending well. They have some exciting youngsters who have experience of playing in some of the big leagues around the World.
Sri Lanka will clash with Namibia in the tournament opener at the Simonds Stadium, Geelong. The match will start at 9:30 AM IST. The match promises to be very exciting as both teams are looking in great form.
Match: Sri Lanka vs Namibia
Venue: Simonds Stadium, Geelong.
Date and Time: October 16, 9:30 AM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Hotstar
This venue does not host many T20 games. This match will be the 2nd one at the venue. Sri Lanka have played the only T20I played here. They won by 2 wickets against Australia in 2017. They thus have happy memories about this ground. The pitch overall is batting-friendly and is tough for bowlers to grip the ball.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI
Pathum Nissanka, D Gunathilaka, B Rajapaksa, D Shanaka(C), D de Silva, W Hasaranga, C Karunaratne, K Mendis, M Theekshana, D Chameera, D Madushanka
Gerhard Erasmus(C), Divan la Cock, Jonathan Smit, D Wiese, M van Lingen, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Zane Green, Jan Frylinck, R Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo
Sri Lanka have a better-looking squad than Namibia. But Namibia surprised everyone with impressive performances in the last World Cup. They caused some upsets in the tournament previously. But the experienced Sri Lankan team start as favorites.
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