T20 World Cup 2021: Match 4, Sri Lanka vs Namibia Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match?

Avishka Fernando was in excellent form in the T20I series against Oman.

Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa
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Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)

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Sri Lanka and Namibia are set to lock horns in Match No.4 of the T20 World Cup Qualifiers on Monday, October 18 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Lankans have had a decent run of form of late. To start with, they defeated Zeeshan Maqsood’s Oman in the two-match ODI series.

Thereafter, they defeated Bangladesh by four wickets in the first warmup game and then defeated PNG by 39 runs. Namibia, on the other hand, lost both their warm-up games to Oman and Scotland respectively. However, they had a decent run of form in the Summer T20 Bash earlier this month.

Match Details

Match – Sri Lanka vs Namibia – Match 4

Venue – Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Time – 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT

Where to watch live – Star Sports Network

Pitch Report

The pitch in Abu Dhabi has generally been good for batting. But at the international level, the venue has witnessed low-scoring affairs. The track, however, has helped the chasing teams. Batting second should be the way forward.

Average First Innings score: 142 (48 T20Is in Abu Dhabi)

Record of Chasing teams: Won – 25, Lost – 23, Tied – 0

Probable Playing XIs

Sri Lanka

Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kusal Perera, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (C), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera

Bench: Maheesh Theekshana, Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Binura Fernando

Namibia

Stephan Baard, Zane Green (wk), Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Bernard Scholtz, Ruben Trumpelmann, Ben Shikongo, Pikky Ya France

Bench: Karl Birkenstock, Michau du Preez, Michael van Lingen, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton

Head-to-head

Sri Lanka and Namibia are yet to face each other in T20Is.

Probable best batter of the match

Avishka Fernando (Sri Lanka)

Avishka Fernando generally opens the batting for Sri Lanka in T20Is, but in the games against Oman, he came in the middle-order. However, the change in position didn’t ruffle him by any means. He scored an unbeaten 81 in the first game and also played fluently in the second match. Fernando also played at a strike rate of 150.64.

Probable best bowler of the match

Lahiru Kumara (Sri Lanka)

Lahiru Kumara is known for hitting the back of a length on the consistent basis. He was outstanding in the T20I series against Oman. In the first game, he picked up four wickets to help the Lankans to a victory. In the second game, the fast bowler picked up two wickets. He is expected to play a critical role against Namibia as well.

Today’s match prediction: Sri Lanka to win the match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.