T20 WC 2021 Match 36: NZ vs NAM Dream11 Prediction & Fan2Play Possible Playing 11 Pitch Report | NZ vs NAM Dream11 Prediction Today | New Zealand vs Namibia Key Players | Sharjah Pitch Report
Namibia will no doubt enjoy the most support they’ve ever had for an international match, with all of India behind them as they look to upset New Zealand.
Of course, this is a tough ask, but the Namibians will be looking to continue building what has been a terrific experience in this tournament. Although they were given a chance by many to make the Super 12s, the more experienced Ireland and Netherlands were favoured ahead of them. They performed superbly to qualify, and have also enjoyed some good periods in the Super 12s including victory over Scotland and resistance with the bat against Pakistan.
Another difficult test awaits them, but that is great for their growth. New Zealand are doing what they do best in ICC tournaments, and although they weren’t at their best against Scotland, their fate is still in their hands. Victory here, especially by a good margin, gives them a huge step towards the Semi Finals. And, with Martin Guptill in fine touch along with other capable batsmen looking to hit top form, you can be assured that there will be no complacency here from the Black Caps.
Key Players to Watch/Key Stats
- Martin Guptill was simply outstanding against Scotland. The opener got New Zealand out of trouble and then into a strong position thanks to his 93 off 56 balls. He will be key again.
- Daryl Mitchell missed out against Scotland. He will be looking to rediscover the touch he had against Pakistan (27 off 20 balls) and India (49 off 35 balls).
- Kane Williamson has a terrible record at Sharjah. The skipper has scored just 48 runs in six innings on this ground at an average of 9.60 and strike rate of 77.42. He has the class to turn this around, however.
- Trent Boult has taken eight wickets in five matches at Sharjah at an economy rate of 6.25. He has also been in terrific form in the Super 12s, taking figures of 1/29 vs Pakistan, 3/20 vs India and 2/29 vs Scotland.
- Ish Sodhi took 2/28 against Pakistan at Sharjah, followed by a player of the match performance vs India (2/17). He was expensive vs Scotland (econ. 10.50), but took two wickets again. He will be key on what is expected to be a slow pitch.
- Tim Southee has been mighty consistent so far in the Super 12s. The experienced seamer has conceded just 6.25 runs per over in his three matches, along with one wicket in each outing.
- Craig Williams holds the key to Namibia’s top order. He is coming off a 37-ball 40 against Pakistan, and will be aiming to improve on his Sharjah record: 3 inns, 34 runs, avg. 11.33, SR 106.25.
- Gerhard Erasmus has been nursing a finger injury. It has been a struggle in the Super 12s (scores of 4, 12 and 15), but he returns to the ground where he scored a brilliant 53* vs Ireland to seal Namibia’s entry into the Super 12s.
- David Wiese has been brilliant for Namibia. The all-rounder has struck 185 runs at an average of 61.66 and strike rate of 136.02 in this World Cup, with his latest effort a fighting 31-ball 43* vs Pakistan.
- Wiese has smashed 93 runs at a strike rate of 186.00 at Sharjah for just one dismissal. He also has three wickets in as many matches.
- Jan Frylinck is having a fine tournament. The left-armer is Namibia’s leading wicket-taker with eight wickets in six matches at an average of 18.62 and economy rate of 7.26. He took 3/21 against Ireland on this ground in the first round of the 2021 T20 World Cup.
- Ruben Trumpelmann has taken five wickets in his last three matches.
Stats and Facts
- This will be the first ever international between New Zealand and Namibia.
- Ish Sodhi has taken 63 wickets in 48 T20Is since the 2016 World Cup. Only Rashid Khan has more (83).
- Namibia beat Ireland on this ground to seal their passage into the Super 12s. New Zealand lost here to Pakistan.
Possible Playing 11
New Zealand should stick with the same XI, unless they wish to give one of their seamers a rest for Kyle Jamieson.
New Zealand: 1. Daryl Mitchell, 2. Martin Guptill, 3. Kane Williamson (c), 4. Devon Conway (wk), 5. Glenn Phillips, 6. Jimmy Neesham, 7. Mitchell Santner, 8. Adam Milne, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Trent Boult, 11. Ish Sodhi
Namibia: 1. Stephen Baard, 2. Michael van Lingen, 3. Craig Williams, 4. Gerhard Erasmus (c), 5. David Wiese, 6. JJ Smit, 7. Jan Frylinck, 8. Zane Green (wk), 9. Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, 10. Ruben Trumpelmann, 11. Bernard Scholtz/Ben Shikongo.
Sharjah Pitch Report and Weather
The chasing team has won six of eight matches so far in the T20 World Cup. However, the team batting first has won two of the last three matches on this ground, with Jos Buttler smashing a brilliant hundred a few nights ago. England’s 163 proved too difficult a chase for Sri Lanka, and any score in that region here will be tough to chase.
A hot and sunny day is forecast, with no chance of dew as it is a day game.
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- Wicket-keepers: Zane Green
- Batsmen: Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Craig Williams
- All-rounders: David Wiese, Daryl Mitchell
- Bowlers: Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi
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Namibia have shown plenty of promising signs in this tournament, but New Zealand should be too strong in this match.