Papua New Guinea (PNG) go up against Namibia in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 on Tuesday, September 20 at Amini Park in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The match will begin at 5:30 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).
The Papua New Guinea cricket team are currently at the bottom of the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 points table with five points in 22 games. They beat the USA by 26 runs in their last game to secure their second win in the tournament. Batting first, PNG posted 211 runs, courtesy of a brisk 89-ball 64 from Assad Vala. Charles Amini and Vala picked three wickets each with the ball as the USA were bundled out for 185 runs. The earlier fixture between PNG and the USA ended in a tie.
Meanwhile, the Namibian cricket team registered their third straight win of the tournament when they beat the USA by 68 runs in their last fixture. A 72-ball 87 by Gerhard Erasmus helped Namibia post a formidable 254 runs in the first innings. In reply, the USA could only manage 186 runs in their chase. The visitors are currently fifth on the points table with 11 wins in 20 games and a total of 22 points.
Papua New Guinea vs Namibia ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 2022 odds
10CRIC odds: Papua New Guinea: 2.83, Namibia: 1.42
Parimatch odds: Papua New Guinea: 2.82, Namibia: 1:42
Betway odds: Papua New Guinea: 2.936, Namibia: 1.43
Bet365 odds: Papua New Guinea: 3.00, Namibia: 1.40
Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.
Papua New Guinea vs Namibia head-to-head in ODIs
Namibia have beaten PNG in both their encounters in the 50-over format.
Namibia have won four of their last five games in this format while PNG have won only one of their last five games.
Namibia vs Papua New Guinea Squads ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 2022
Namibia: Bernard Scholtz, Pikky Ya France, Stephan Baard (captain), Jan Frylinck, Gerhard Erasmus, Tangeni Lungameni, JJ Smit, Zane Green (wicketkeeper), Ruben Trumplemann, Lo-handre Louwrens, Michael van Lingen, Ben Shikongo, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Divan la Cock.
PNG: Charles Amini, Simon Atai (wicketkeeper), Sesu Bau, Kiplin Doriga (wicketkeeper), Jack Gardener, Hiri Hiri, Jason Kila, Kabua Morea, Nosiana Pokana, Damien Ravu, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Gaudi Toka, Tony Ura, Assad Vala (captain), Norman Vanua.
Papua New Guinea vs Namibia probable playing XI
Namibia: Lo-handre Louwrens, Divan la Cock, Gerhard Erasmus, Stephan Baard (captain), Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Jan Frylinck, Zane Green (wicketkeeper), JJ Smit, Ruben Trumplemann, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo.
PNG: Lega Siaka, Hiri Hiri, Charles Amini, Assad Vala (captain), Tony Ura, Simon Atai (wicketkeeper), Jack Gardener, Sesu Bau, Norman Vanua, Damien Ravu, Chad Soper.
Namibia vs Papua New Guinea combined fantasy XI
Hiri Hiri, Charles Amini, Assad Vala (captain), Gerhard Erasmus, Stephan Baard, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Simon Atai (wicketkeeper), Ruben Trumplemann, Bernard Scholtz, Norman Vanua, Chad Soper.
Papua New Guinea top picks vs Namibia ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 2022
Charles Amini: The southpaw has scored 802 runs in 33 ODIs at a strike rate of 67.67. Amini has picked 30 wickets with the ball at an economy of 4.52. In his last 10 matches, Amini has scored 337 runs at an average of 33.70. The 30-year-old finished with figures of 3 for 32 with the ball in the last game for PNG.
Assad Vala: The 35-year-old scored 64 runs with the bat in the last game to help his side reach a reasonable total. He later picked three wickets with the ball to help PNG to secure their second win of the tournament. In his last 10 matches, Vala has scored 347 runs at an average of 38.56. The left-handed batter has scored 1364 runs for his national side at an average of 29.65 including one century and seven half-centuries.
Namibia top picks vs Papua New Guinea ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 2022
Bernard Scholtz: The left-arm spinner has picked 27 wickets in 20 games for Namibia in this format at an average of 20.14 and an economy of 3.55. Scholtz has picked 11 wickets with the ball in the last three games for his national side and has been the most dependable bowler for Namibia in the middle overs.
Gerhard Erasmus: The 28-year-old scored a match-winning 87 off 72 balls in the last game against the USA. Erasmus has scored 744 runs for Namibia in 19 innings at an average of 41.33. The right-handed batter has scored one century and six half-centuries in the format and has been Namibia’s most consistent batter in recent times. Erasmus has scored three half-centuries in his last four games and will be Namibia’s most trusted batter in the upcoming encounter.
Papua New Guinea vs Namibia ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 2022 prediction
Namibia are a much stronger side and will start as favourites against PNG in the upcoming encounter. The visitors also have the experience of playing against top international sides and are likely to beat PNG with ease.
Papua New Guinea have had a poor tournament so far and are likely to struggle against a strong Namibian side.
Papua New Guinea vs Namibia ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 playing conditions and weather report
Maximum Temperature: 28°C
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