Zimbabwe won the first match of their five-match domestic T20I series against Namibia. Both teams have a lot riding on this series, with Zimbabwe hoping to gain some momentum ahead of the 2022 T20WC qualifiers, and Namibia hoping to climb the points table and qualify for the 2024 T20 WC directly. Both teams will be looking to add to their victories and maintain their position in the ICC T20I rankings in a game that will be packed with cricket action. We anticipate another exciting match between two evenly matched teams in this match.
The 2nd 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, 2nd T20I, Namibia Tour of Zimbabwe 2022
Date: May 19, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 4:30 PM IST
Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Zimbabwe vs Namibia Team Previews
Wesley Madhevere scored a brilliant 12-ball 23 runs to get Zimbabwe’s innings off to a flying start. Craig Ervine (55 runs) and Sikander Raza (37 runs) then put on a brilliant 71-run stand to lead their team’s batting. They were unable to achieve a good finish. Ryan Burl and Milton Shumba had a hard time finding the middle of the plate.
Their bowlers didn’t get off to a good start, as the opposition openers put on a strong opening stand. Brandon Mavuta got the ball rolling with the first wicket, and Milton Shumba took over after that, claiming three wickets in quick succession to derail the chase. Tendai Chatara and Luke Jongwe bowled economical spells to put the batting unit under more pressure.
The top players of Zimbabwe to watch for in this match are Milton Shumba, Craig Ervine, Sikander Raza.
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: Regis Chakabva (wk), Wesley Madhevere, Craig Ervine (c), Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Luke Jongwe, Brandon Mavuta, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano, Tanaka Chivanga
Namibia got off to a flying start, with openers Craig Williams (25 runs) and Divan La Cook (66 runs) putting on a 67-run stand. As their middle order continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, their team fell 7 runs short of the target. Zane Green (19 runs) and David Wiese (14 runs) came in late to help the team win the game.
Scholtz dismissed both of the opposition’s openers and finished the game with a brilliant 4-0-19-2 record. Gerhard Erasmus, Pikky France, and Trumplemann were all on point in the match, with combined figures of 7-0-42-2. Their other bowlers gave up nearly 9 runs per over and will need to tighten the screws in this match.
The top players of Namibia to watch for in this match are Bernard Scholtz, Gerhard Erasmus, Divan La Cook.
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: Divan la Cock, Craig Williams, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, Ruben Trumpelmann, Zane Green (wk), Jan Frylinck, Pikky Ya France, Bernard Scholtz, Tangeni Lungameni/JJ Smit
Zimbabwe vs Namibia Toss Prediction
As the pitch slows down and helps the spinners as the game progresses, we expect both captains to bat first if they win the toss.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Bulawayo is one of Zimbabwe’s premier stadiums, having hosted the second most matches in the country. In this match, we anticipate scores of 150-170 runs.
The oval pitch at Queen’s Park is a little slower, so batters must work hard before going big. The weather in Bulawayo will be bright and sunny, with no weather disruptions expected during the match.
Zimbabwe vs Namibia Match Prediction
Both teams have a plethora of all-rounders who can contribute with the bat and the ball, which was evident in the first match. Despite Namibia’s strong start, Zimbabwe’s middle order batted a little better and their bowlers pulled the match back. Namibia will be disappointed with the loss after a strong start, and they will need to be more consistent with the ball in crucial situations. Zimbabwe has the advantage of playing at home, and we expect them to continue their winning streak in this match.
Zimbabwe is the favourite to beat Namibia at the odds of 1.44.
- In the first match, Zimbabwe beat Namibia by 7 runs.
- In the last game, both teams used eight different bowlers to complete their 20-over quota.
- Bowlers took just 9 wickets between the two innings, but only gave up 7.5 RPO.