Preview: Match 7 – Kenya vs Namibia, Squads, Suggested Playing XI, Top picks, Conditions

Day 4 of the seventh edition of the Kwibuka Women’s T20 tournament will see Kenya taking on Namibia in the first match at the Gahanga International Cricket Stadium in Rwanda. The match will begin at 9.30 am local (1pm IST) on June 9.


Nigeria Women's Cricket Team. PC: Twitter
Namibia Women’s Cricket Team. PC: Twitter

Match preview

1) Squads

Kenya:  Sylvia Kinyua, Sharon Juma, Margaret Ngoche † (c), Jane Otieno, Ruth Achando, Sarah Wetoto, Queentor Abel, Edith Waithaka, Veronica Abuga , Esther Wachira, Fiavia Odhiambo, Daisy Njoroge, Mercyline Ochieng, Monicah Ndhambi , Brenda Mogusu, Melvin Idambo

Namibia: Irene van Zyl (c) , Yasmeen Khan (vc), Arrasta Diergaardt, Didi Foerster, Mezerly Gorases, Kayleen Green, Victoria Hamunyela, Reehana Khan, Wilka Mwatile, Sylvia Shihepo, Namusha Shiomwenyo, Adri van der Merwe, Edelle van Zyl, Sune Wittmann

2) Players to watch out for – Must-haves in your Fantasy XI

Sarah Wetoto: The 32-year old right-arm off-spinner from Kenya is a genuine wicket-taker. Picking up a five-wicket haul in the first match against Botswana, the team will expect her to wreak havoc with the ball.

Queentor Abel: The 23-year old right-hand bat from Kenya is a vital cog in the team’s batting line-up. She is the leading run-getter for her side so far in the two matches that she has played striking at a rate of over 100 and an average of 75.

Sune Wittman: The 26-year old right hand bat from Namibia was the Player of the Match in her previous outing against Botswana smashing a match winning 93 not out. The in-form batter is likely to be Namibia’s X-factor player.

Victoria Hamunyela: The 18-year old right arm off spinner from Namibia is one of the most destructive bowlers in the line-up. In the three games played so far, she has given away just 33 runs and picked up eight wickets.

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3) Suggested Fantasy XI Picks

Kayleen Green (WK), Veronica Abuga, Arrasta Diergaardt, Adri van der Merwe, Melvin Idambo, Sarah Wetoto (C), Queentor Abel (VC), Sune Wittman, Victoria Hamunyela, Sylvia Shihepo, Wilka Mwatile

4) Pitch Report

It is expected to be a sluggish surface with the batters having to fight hard to score runs. Conversely, the bowlers will have a merry time bowling on this wicket as they can get the ball to do the talking.

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I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.

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