AFG vs NAM Dream11 AFTER TOSS: The 27th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to be contested between Afghanistan and Namibia on 31 October at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. While talking about the standings of these two teams in the ongoing edition of the tournament, Afghanistan are placed at the second position while Namibia occupies the third slot on the points table in Group 2.
Both these sides are coming into this tournament after having delivered impressive performances in the shortest format. Afghanistan kickstarted their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign with a brilliant win against Scotland but then suffered a heartening loss at the hands of Pakistan. On the other hand, Namibia registered an impressive victory over Scotland in their first match in the Super 12 stage of the tournament.
The Scotland team are placed at the 14th position in the ICC T20I Rankings with 182 rating and 2553 points. On the other hand, Afghanistan occupies the 8th slot with a total of 2826 rating. Incidentally, this will be the first time when Afghanistan will be locking horns with Namibia in T20I cricket.
Fixture Name: Match 27, Afghanistan vs Namibia
Competition: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
Date: 31 October
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Ground: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Pitch Report: As seen in the previous game at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, there was enough assistance both for the batters and bowlers throughout the match. Both the spinners and fast bowlers have extracted enough from this track in the recently concluded Indian Premier League, but the conditions are expected to be better for batting. However, the captain winning the toss should look to bowl first as it is an afternoon fixture and dew factor will certainly come into play.
Toss Update: Afghanistan won the toss and opted to bat first.
It will be a great move to pick a mixed combination of Afghanistan and Namibia players in your respective dream fantasy cricket teams. Since it is the middle stage of the tournament, it will be a good decision to include more of batters and all-rounders to increase the chances of winning big contests. The likes of Rashid Khan, Hazratullah Zazai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, David Wiese and JJ Smit remain the must pick players for this exciting contest.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Shahzad
BATTERS: Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus
ALL-ROUNDERS: David Wiese, Jan Frylinck
BOWLERS: Naveen-ul-Haq, Rashid Khan, Ruben Trumplemann
Afghanistan will have the upper hand in this game but they have to contribute well in the batting and bowling department. The Afghanistan side also defeated Scotland in their opening match in this competition. On the other hand, Namibia will also be very much high on confidence after registering three back-to-back wins against Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands this season.
The Afghanistan side will be eyeing to play well both in the batting as well as bowling departments. The likes of Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi will be their mainstays in the batting department. On the other hand, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq and Karim Janat will have to play an important role in the bowling department.
Afghanistan’s star player Rashid Khan will have to play a significant role in this T20 World Cup in the UAE conditions for his side. He has a lot of experience playing T20 leagues all around the globe. Rashid has a phenomenal record in T20I cricket having picked up a total of 101 wickets from 53 matches. The right-arm leggie has a fabulous economy rate of 6.22 and an average of 11.84.
For Afghanistan, Hazratullah Zazai has been an aggressive batter at the top especially in the shortest format of the game. Zazai has played just 17 T20I matches and has smashed a total of 614 runs at a phenomenal strike-rate of 152.74. However, his number in overall T20 cricket are absolutely amazing having scored more than 1800 runs at a strike-rate of more than 147 and has scored 10 fifties and 2 centuries.
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For Namibia, it will be really important to continue the winning momentum both in the batting as well as bowling departments from their previous T20 wins. The trio of Stephan Baard, Craig Williams and JJ Smit will have to take the responsibility in the batting department. On the other hand, Ben Shikongo, Bernard Scholtz and David Wiese will form part of the bowling attack and they will be looking to pick wickets on regular basis.
Namibia’s all-rounder David Wiese had a remarkable performance in the Round 1 of this ICC T20 World Cup. He had a brilliant domestic season and has been effective both with the bat and ball in the shortest format of the game. Wiese has smacked more than 2900 runs after playing 270 T20 matches so far that includes six fifties. The right-arm seam bowler has also taken 211 scalps.
For Namibia, JJ Smit smashed an impressive innings of 48 runs off 34 balls against Papua New Guinea in the UAE Summer T20 Bash. He has picked up nearly 50 wickets at an economy of 7.22. JJ Smit has also scored more than 500 runs while playing 52 T20 matches that includes a career-best of 59. He will surely be an important player for Namibia leading into the T20 World Cup.
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Watch the Afghanistan vs Namibia ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 match Live score and streaming on the Star Sports Network and HotStar app. All the players stats and match scores along with exciting live ball-to-ball commentary will be available on the Hotstar app. All the experts and former cricketers will share their exclusive analysis throughout this T20 World Cup only on the Star Sports Network and Hotstar app.
India & rest of the Indian sub-continent (including Sri Lanka): Star Sports
Australia: Fox Sports, Channel 9
United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland: Sky Sports
South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa: SuperSport
United Arab Emirates: Etisalat Criclife
USA & Canada: Willow TV
New Zealand: SKY Sport
Pakistan: Ten Sports, PTV Sports
Bangladesh: Gazi TV
Afghanistan: Radio Television Afghanistan
South East Asia: Fox Networks Group
Pacific Islands: Digicel
MENA, Continental Europe and Central Asia: Yupp TV
Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong: Star Cricket
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