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Australia face Namibia, SL in must-win situation against Nepal


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North Sound, June 11: Living up to the favourites tag with two consecutive wins, a confident Australia will aim to secure a Super Eight berth when they face lower-ranked Namibia in their Group B T20 World Cup clash here on Wednesday.
Australia fired in unison to become the first team in this edition of the tournament to score 200-plus runs in a one-sided 36-run win over arch-rivals England in their last group league match.
It was their second win from as many matches, having started off with a 39-run triumph over Oman. Beating Nambia will be enough for them to make the cut before they take on Scotland in their concluding Group B league fixture.
Scotland lead the table with five points and along with Australia, are firmly ahead in the race to make the Super Eight at the expense of defending champions England who have one point from two matches. Their opening game against Scotland was a washout.
Australia defeated Namibia by seven wickets after restricting their opponents to 119/9 in their only T20 meeting, albeit in a warm-up game two weeks back.
Playing his last World Cup for Australia, David Warner has been in splendid form with one half century and it was his 16-ball 39 that set the tone for their 201/7 against England. Warner incidentally scored a fifty in the warm-up against Namibia as well. He has 97 runs in the tournament at a fine strike rate of 141.79.
Warner’s opening partner Travis Head has also been at his explosive best and the duo will look to give the team a fiery start.
Namibia will expect their veteran all-rounder David Wiese to step up after he starred in their Super-Over win against Oman.
The globe-trotting all-rounder has the experience of facing Australia four times in T20Is during his stint with South Africa.
Left-arm spinner Bernard Scholtz, who has been tidy conceding just one four and one six in his eight overs, will also look to make an impact.Match starts: 6am IST.

SL in must win clash
vs Nepal

Former champion Sri Lanka’s campaign has gone terribly haywire after defeats to South Africa and they are now faced with a do-or-die clash against Nepal in a group D fixture in Lauderhill, Florida.
Nepal, on the other hand, lost to the Netherlands by six wickets in their only match so far. South Africa have already qualified to Super Eight following their nervy win over Bangladesh.A win for the Wanindu Hasaranga-led side will further heat up the race for the second spot with Bangladesh, Netherlands, and Nepal also in the reckoning. For that to happen, the onus will be on the batters.
A loss, on the other hand, would mean curtains for Sri Lanka. Match starts: 5am IST.
As the T20 World Cup heats up, Australia stands on the brink of securing a Super Eight berth with their match against Namibia. With two decisive victories under their belt, the Aussies have showcased their dominance, driven by stellar performances from veterans like David Warner. Meanwhile, Namibia, buoyed by their star all-rounder David Wiese, will look to challenge the formidable Australians. In Group D, Sri Lanka faces a crucial must-win clash against Nepal, hoping to keep their campaign alive amidst fierce competition. As the matches unfold, cricket fans can expect intense battles and unforgettable moments that define the spirit of the World Cup. As Australia gears up to face Namibia, their confidence is palpable, bolstered by back-to-back victories and impressive form from key players. David Warner and Travis Head have been instrumental, providing explosive starts that set the tone for the team’s high scores. Namibia, though the underdog, will rely on the experience of David Wiese and the steady bowling of Bernard Scholtz to mount a challenge. (PTI)


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