In the thrilling Castle Lite 5 T20I Series, 2023, Namibia is set to take on Zimbabwe in the 3rd T20I match at the Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek on October 27, 2023, at 05:30 PM IST. With both teams looking to assert their dominance in this series, fantasy cricket enthusiasts are in for an action-packed encounter. To help you make your Dream11 team selections, here are some key insights and player recommendations.
NAM vs ZIM 3rd T20I – Match Information
- Match: Namibia vs Zimbabwe, 3rd T20I
- Date: October 27, 2023
- Time: 05:30 PM IST
- Venue: Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek
Match Preview Namibia and Zimbabwe have already played two matches in the series, with each team securing a victory. As they prepare to lock horns once again, it’s anyone’s guess which side will come out on top in the 3rd T20I. The last encounter saw Sikandar Raza shine for Zimbabwe and Michael Van Lingen top the fantasy points leaderboard for Namibia with an impressive 117 points.
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions The Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek boasts a balanced pitch. In the last 20 matches at this venue, the average first-innings score has been 156 runs. The pitch offers a fair contest between bat and ball, making it crucial for the team winning the toss to consider the ground conditions before deciding whether to bat or bowl.
In terms of weather, expect temperatures around 32.33°C with low humidity (10%). Winds are predicted to blow at a speed of 2.58 m/s.
Pace or Spin? The pitch at the Wanderers Cricket Ground is known to assist both pacers and spinners. This versatility makes team selection a crucial factor in your Dream11 fantasy lineup.
Head to Head In the seven matches played between Namibia and Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe’s all-rounders have been the most significant point earners for their team, while batters have contributed the most fantasy points for Namibia.
NAM vs ZIM Squad Information
Zimbabwe (ZIM) Squad: Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Innocent Kaia, Luke Jongwe, Nyasha Mayavo, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Carl Mumba, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Nick Welch, Ainsley Ndlovu, Richard Ngarava, Wesley Madhevere, Faraz Akram and Clive Madande
Namibia (NAM) Squad: Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Jan Frylinck, JJ Smit, Gerhard Erasmus, Bernard Scholtz, Malan Kruger, Jean-Pierre Kotze, Zane Green, Nikolaas Davin, Michael Van Lingen, Tangeni Lungameni, Karl Birkenstock, Shaun Fouche, Ben Shikongo and Handre Klazinga
Top Batter and Wicket-Keeper Picks
- Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton: A left-handed top-order batter with an average of 60 fantasy points in the last ten games. In recent matches, he has scored 0, 30, 50, 0, and 8 runs, averaging 17.6 per match.
- Michael Van Lingen: A consistent top-order opening left-handed batter with an average of 43 fantasy points in the last ten games. In the recent five matches, he has scored 10, 30, 36, 54, and 0 runs, averaging 26 per match.
- Clive Madande: A right-handed wicket-keeper and top-order batter with an average of 43 fantasy points in the last six games. In the recent five matches, he has scored 139 runs, averaging 27.8 per match.
Top Bowler Picks
- Wellington Pedzisai Masakadza: A slow left-arm orthodox bowler with an average of 23 fantasy points in the last ten games. In the recent four matches, he has taken 4 wickets, averaging 0.8.
- Luke Mafuwa Jongwe: A right-arm fast-medium bowler with an average of 31 fantasy points in the last ten games. In the last three matches, he has taken 3, 0, 1, 0, and 1 wickets, averaging 1.
- Ben Shikongo: A right-arm medium-fast bowler with an average of 28 fantasy points in the last ten games. In the recent five matches, he has taken 1 wicket, averaging 0.2. His performance record at this venue is promising.
Top All-Rounder Picks
- Jan Nicolaas Frylinck: A top-order left-handed batter and consistent all-rounder with an average of 71 fantasy points in the last ten games. In the last three matches, he has scored 170 runs, averaging 34 per match.
- Gerhard Merwe Erasmus: A right-handed top-order opening batter with an average of 57 fantasy points in the last ten games. In the last three matches, he has scored 138 runs, averaging 27.6 per match.
- Sikandar Raza Butt: A right-handed batter known for his all-round capabilities. With an average of 49 fantasy points in the last ten games, he can be a high-risk, high-reward pick. In the last three matches, he has scored 19, 0, 0, 3, and 0 runs. Sikandar Raza also has a strong track record against this opponent.
Top Players of the Last Match
- For Namibia: Michael Van Lingen (117 fantasy points), Gerhard Erasmus (111 fantasy points), and Nikolaas Davin (84 fantasy points).
- For Zimbabwe: Sikandar Raza (115 fantasy points), Innocent Kaia (51 fantasy points), and Wesley Madhevere (38 fantasy points).
Captain and Vice-Captain Picks
- Jan Nicolaas Frylinck: A consistent player with an average of 71 fantasy points. He is a top-order left-handed batter.
- Gerhard Merwe Erasmus: A potentially differential pick with an average of 57 fantasy points. He’s a top-order right-handed batter.
- Sikandar Raza Butt: A high-risk, high-reward option with an average of 49 fantasy points. He’s a right-handed batter with a proven track record against this opponent.
- Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton: A good pick with an average of 60 fantasy points. He’s a top-order left-handed batter.
- Shaun Fouche: An all-rounder with an average of 55 fantasy points in the last match. He’s a right-handed top-order batter.
NAM vs ZIM Dream11 Team Today
- Wicket-Keeper: Zane Green
- Batters: Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Wesley Madhevere, Michael Van Lingen, Nikolaas Davin and Innocent Kaia
- All-Rounders: Jan Frylinck, Gerhard Erasmus, Sikandar Raza and Shaun Fouche
- Bowler: Tangeni Lungameni
- Captain: Nikolaas Davin
- Vice-Captain: Gerhard Erasmus
As the Castle Lite Series 2023 continues, make the most of these insights and recommendations to assemble a formidable Dream11 team for the 3rd T20I clash between Namibia and Zimbabwe. May your selections lead you to victory in the fantasy cricket arena!