Abu Dhabi: Namibia will face Scotland today in ICC T20 World Cup Super 12 round .
Namibia’s win over Ireland in Round 1 to qualify for the T20 World Cup Super 12 stage wasn’t a fluke. Instead, it was a result of hard work, determination and a lot of belief.
Namibia’s qualification has already left an impact back home and the Gerhard Erasmus’ side would look to build on the momentum when they face Scotland on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night.
Things won’t be easy for Namibia in Super 12 as they are set to face the full member nations in the upcoming weeks.
Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus said hopes his team can lift their level of performance to compete with cricket’s elite after reaching the Twenty20 World Cup second round for the first time.
Ranked a lowly 19, Namibia qualified for the Super 12 stage with an eight-wicket win over Ireland, and will now face former winners India and Pakistan as well as New Zealand, Afghanistan and Scotland.
They begin in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday against a Scotland team that suffered a crushing 130-run loss to Afghanistan in their opening match.
Meanwhile, Scotland are coming into this match after suffering humiliation by Afghanistan on Monday when they were bowled out for just 60 while chasing 191. The Scots turned the heads when they stunned Bangladesh on the opening day and were on a three-match winning streak in the tournament before the collapse happened against the Afghans.
For Namibia, former South African all-rounder David Wiese and captain Erasmus have been the star performers along with others while Kyle Coetzer-led Scotland have a lot of work to do. They will bank on the likes of Richie Berrington, George Munsey and Matthew Cross for runs.