T20 cricket is taking cricket to new heights and smaller nations due to its action-packed entertainment and affordability for a wide range of teams. Zimbabwe, which was once a prominent name in the cricketing world, is gradually losing its lustre and is looking to curtail cricket in their country. Due to suspension, they missed out on the ICC T20 2021 World Cup and will attempt to qualify for this year’s World Cup later this year. Namibia, on the other hand, will be looking to further strengthen their position in associate cricket now that they have participated in the 2021 World Cup and have already qualified for the 2022 World Cup.
The 1st T20I between Zimbabwe vs Namibia will take place on May 17th, 2022 at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Match Details to Note
Match: Zimbabwe vs Namibia, 1st T20I, Namibia Tour of Zimbabwe 2022
Date: May 17, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:30 PM IST
Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Zimbabwe vs Namibia Team Previews
In this series, Zimbabwe’s openers will be skipper Craig Ervine and Regis Chakabva. The experienced trio of Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, and Ryan Burl will be expected to play a significant role in the middle order in order to effectively stabilise and boost their scoring rate. Lower down the order, Milton Shumba will take over as the team’s finisher.
They have a strong pace attack with four quality pacers in their squad: Blessing Muzurbani, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara, and Luke Jongwe. Sean Williams and Wellington Maskadza will take over the spin bowling duties, with Ryan Burl and Wesley Madhevere capable of bowling some economical overs.
The top players of Zimbabwe to watch for in this match are Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Ryan Burl.
Zimbabwe T20I Records
Highest team total: 200/2 v New Zealand, 14 February 2012 at Hamilton
Highest individual score: 94, Solomon Mire v Pakistan, 4 July 2018 at Harare
Best individual bowling figures: 4/28, Wellington Masakadza v Scotland, 10 March 2016 at Nagpur
Zimbabwe T20I Squad
Regis Chakabva, Craig Ervine (c), Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Donald Tiripano, Luke Jongwe, Ernest Masuku, Tendai Chatara, Tanaka Chivanga, Victor Nyauchi, Brandon Mavuta, Innocent Kaia, Tony Munyonga, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Brad Evans
Predicted XI: Craig Ervine (c), Regis Chakabva, (wk), Wesley Madhevere, Ryan Burl, Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano, Tony Munyonga, Tendai Chatara, Brad Evans, Luke Jongwe
Gerhard Erasmus will captain Namibia in this series. They will have a new opening pair, with Piky France and Divan Cook among those in their squad. In their middle order, Erasmus will be joined by experienced players such as David Wiese, NL Eaton, Craig Williams, and JJ Smit. They also have players with long hitting abilities in their lower order to effectively boost the score.
David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, and Rupen Trumpelmann are expected to lead the team’s bowling attack. In terms of pace, they have Ben Shikongo and Tangeni Lungameni as reserves. In their spin department, they rely heavily on Gerhard Erasmus and Bernard Scholtz.
The top players of Namibia to watch for in this match are JJ Smit, David Wiese, Gerhard Erasmus.
Namibia T20I Records
Highest team total: 240/3 v. Botswana on 20 August 2019 at United Ground, Windhoek.
Highest individual score: 101*, Jean-Pierre Kotze v. Botswana on 20 August 2019 at United Ground, Windhoek.
Best individual bowling figures: 6/10, JJ Smit v. Uganda on 10 April 2022 at United Ground, Windhoek.
Namibia T20I Squad
Craig Williams, Michael van Lingen, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Gerhard Erasmus (c), Zane Green (wk), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Ben Shikongo, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz, Tangeni Lungameni, Divan la Cock, Pikky Ya France, Dylan Leicher
Predicted XI: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Zane Green (wk), Michael van Lingen, David Wiese, Ben Shikongo, Craig Williams, JJ Smit, Divan la Cock, Jan Frylinck, Pikky Ya France, Bernard Scholtz
Zimbabwe vs Namibia Toss Prediction
In T20Is, chasing is the best option when you are unsure of the pitch conditions and need a safe target, and we expect both captains to bowl first if they win the toss.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The Queens Sports Club is a high scoring ground, and batters will have an advantage here. The pitch may help bowlers as the game progresses by slowing down significantly. In this match, we can expect a run feast of 160-180 runs.
Bulawayo is expected to have hot and humid weather with no chance of rain, and there will be no weather interruptions in this game.
Zimbabwe vs Namibia Match Prediction
Both squads are strong, with a number of all-rounders in the starting XI to provide depth and balance. Namibia has a new opening pair in this series, and their biggest concern going into this game is a lack of depth in their spin bowling department. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, is concerned due to a lack of recent cricket action, but will have an advantage in this contest due to home conditions and more experienced players. Team Zimbabwe is expected to win this match.
Zimbabwe is the favourite to beat Namibia at the odds of 1.50.
- Zimbabwe won their most recent T20I series 2-1 against Scotland, but it was played in September 2021.
- Namibia also won their most recent T20I series 2-1 against Uganda.
- Zimbabwe is ranked 11th in the T20I rankings, while Namibia is ranked 16th.