Preview: Battle for top spot as giant-killers Namibia face the Dutch

Namibia will look to build on their stunning win over Sri Lanka when they face the Netherlands in Group A in Geelong – a potentially decisive match in determining the Super 12 qualifiers.

Namibia sent shockwaves around the cricketing world with their stunning win over Sri Lanka on Sunday, and Gerhard Erasmus’ side would move close to sealing a spot in the Super 12 stage for the second successive Men’s T20 World Cup should they beat fellow opening-day winners Netherlands.

Opponents Netherlands could barely have asked for a better start to their campaign and showed cool heads to get over the line against UAE in their opener.

Max O’Dowd’s quick-fire knock during the powerplay allowed the rest of his teammates to keep up with the required run rate without taking too many risks – something that came in extremely handy when wickets fell in cluster during the chase.

The Dutch could do with the highly rated Bas de Leede, along with senior pros Colin Ackermann and Tom Cooper, adding more runs at the top of the order to take the pressure off O’Dowd.

Namibia’s Jan Frylinck was a revelation with his hitting at the back end of the innings and will be someone Netherlands have to watch out for. But Namibia’s top order flattered to deceive on the opening day and, if the Dutch can use spin to good effect, they could well be in the running for causing an upset of their own.

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