Pakistan have dominated the proceedings in the 20-20 World Cup so far. The Men in Green have secured three straight wins in the mega event and are comfortably placed at the top of the Group 2 points table. Taking on Namibia in their next fixture, the team will have their spirits high to emerge victorious.
The team’s dominance in the tournament has been remarkable. They defeated Afghanistan in the last game to register a resounding victory. Pakistan’s middle-order batter Asif Ali has grabbed the attention of the cricketing fraternity with his impressive knocks.
He hit Afghanistan’s Karim Jannat for four sixes in the 19th over to seal the game for Pakistan. Previously, in the match against the Black Caps as well, he played a quick-fire knock for the team. Babar Azam has been in exceptional form and their bowlers have also struck crucial breakthroughs to fashion the team’s victory.
Namibia,on the other, hand-scripted history by making its debut in the high-profile tournament. The team displayed some great promise to advance to the Super 12s. They continued their dream run in the tournament by securing a win against Scotland in their first match of the Super 12s.
However, the batters of the side had no answers to Afghanistan’s bowling attack. Though Mujeeb-ur-Rahman wasn’t a part of the game owing to an injury, the pacers of the team created tough times for the Namibian batters. They lost six of their wickets to pacers in the previous game and their next assignment is against the side that has comparatively more effective speedsters. If Namibia have to pull off an upset, David Wiese will have to play a big role. The batter has been brilliant so far in the tournament.
Pitch and Conditions:
The pitch has been difficult to bat on. The slower bowlers might get some good assistance from the surface of the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
The weather is expected to remain hot and humid. The sky will be clear as there are no chances of rain
Playing combinations for PAK vs NAM Match:
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Craig Williams, Michael van Lingen, Zane Green (wk), Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Pikky Ya France, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz
Head to Head:
Pakistan and Namibia haven’t faced each other in T20 Internationals yet.
PAK vs NAM Broadcast details:
Match Timings – 7:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports Network
Live Streaming – Disney+Hotstar