22 July 2015
PREVIEW: Oman takes on Namibia in Malahide knockout
Winner of the match – Qualifier Playoff 4 – books its ticket to India for the ICC World Twenty20 2016
Namibia has been riding on the good form of Bernard Scholtz, the left-arm spinner who has claimed 13 wickets at an average of 9.61 in the tournament so far.
But, despite the four-wicket loss, all is not lost for Namibia, which gets another shot at qualification when it takes on Oman at the same venue on Thursday (July 23) in Qualifier Playoff 4 – a knockout affair, with the winner qualifying for the main event.
In Group B, Oman, with seven points from six matches, pipped Kenya to finish fourth on the table, thus qualifying for the knockouts.
While Namibia has been riding on the good form of Bernard Scholtz, the left-arm spinner who has claimed 13 wickets at an average of 9.61 in the tournament so far, Oman's strength has mainly been its batting, propped up by crucial contributions from Jatinder Singh and Zeeshan Maqsood.
Jatinder has scored 162 runs at an average of 40.50, while Maqsood has tallied 139 runs at 34.75, including a match-winning 86 not out against Canada in Stirling. Meanwhile, Rajeshkumar Ranpura, the left-arm medium pacer, has been the most impressive bowler for the team, with eight wickets from five matches at 18.87 apiece.
Stephan Myburgh, Sarel Burger and Gerrie Snyman have carried out Namibia’s batting responsibilities nicely, the experienced trio amassing 553 runs in seven matches between them.
The side losing this match crashes out of the tournament, and the winner will lock horns with the team that wins Qualifier Playoff 3 between Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea in a fifth-place playoff at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin on Saturday.
Oman: Sultan Ahmed (capt), Yousuf Abdulrahim, Zeeshan Ahmad, Amir Ali, Khawar Ali, Munis Ansari, Aamir Kaleem, Mehran Khan, Ajay Lalcheta, Sufyan Mahmood, Zeeshan Maqsood, Muhammad Nadeem, Rajeshkumar Ranpura, Jatinder Singh, Vaibhav Wategaonkar.
Namibia: Nicholas Scholtz (captain), Stephen Baard, Sarel Burger, Christopher Coombe, Jason Davidson, Michiel du Preez, Gerhard Erasmus, Louis Klazinga, JP Kotze, Bernard Scholtz, JJ Smit, Christiaan Snyman, Gerrie Snyman, Raymond van Schoor, Craig Williams.