Afghanistan will look to return to winning ways when they take on debutants Namibia. Despite their previous loss, the team has proven to be a formidable opponent in recent events. They are armed with a few world-class spinners, who have achieved lots of success playing in various T20 leagues. Rashid Khan is a key player for Afghanistan. He has perfected his craft while playing in various T20 leagues around the world. Afghanistan also has Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi.
The spin attack has been on full display in their first two matches. Afghanistan beat Scotland convincingly in their opening match but narrowly lost against an in-form Pakistan team on Friday night.
Afghanistan's batters, who are playing a fearless brand of cricket, are backed by the side's spinners. The batters showed considerable confidence against Pakistan's strong bowling attack. Afghanistan lost wickets regularly in the game. However, Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib had a partnership of 71 runs in the last 45 balls to take the team’s total to 147 runs. Pakistan would not have been able to chase had the pair added 20 runs more to their total.
On the other hand, Namibia will hope to continue its historic run. There are only five cricket pitches in a country of 2.5 million people and Namibia has done wonders in the 2021 T20 World Cup.
The team has managed to script a memorable win over Scotland after handing defeats to Netherlands and Ireland in the qualifiers. The bowlers restricted Scotland's score to 109, but their batters had to dig deep to chase the target. Namibia needs to pick up its level for them to continue rubbing shoulders with the top teams.
Namibia has a better chance of winning if they set a good target and take advantage of Afghanistan's less-than-expert fast bowling. They also hold the advantage of knowing the conditions, having played three games here. We have included probable playing 11 today, today match pitch report, today weather report, match prediction today, and how to play fantasy cricket tips in this article.
It will be the first game between Afghanistan and Namibia, and hence nothing much is there to say regarding NAM vs AFG head-to-head contests.
Afghanistan Playing 11
Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Namibia Playing 11
Craig Williams, Zane Green (wk), Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, Michael van Lingen, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Pikky Ya France, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz
You can pick Rashid Khan or Mujeeb Ur Rahman as the captain of the T20 World Cup match. You can pick David Wiese or Hazratullah Zazai as the vice-captain of the T20 WC match.
Afghanistan and Namibia will be playing this match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The pitch in Abu Dhabi proved to be a tough surface to bat on, and, as a result, the batters have struggled here.
Because it's a day game, batting will be especially difficult this time. When the game reaches a critical juncture, the batters will have to dig in and scrap, working hard to figure out how to score runs. Chasing has been the way to go in the tournament so far, so this trend should continue.
The temperature is likely to be around 33-degrees Celsius, with a zero chance of precipitation and high humidity.
Both Afghanistan and Namibia have got off to winning starts in the Super 12 round of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. However, the difference between the two sides can be gauged from the fact that Afghanistan had already secured a Super 12 berth ahead of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Though both teams have performed well in the past, it would be interesting to see how Namibia performs against a team like Afghanistan before they play against India, New Zealand, and Pakistan. Our prediction is Afghanistan might win today's T20 match. It was our AFG vs NAM today match prediction article. Fantasy Power 11 is a new fantasy cricket app and one of the best cricket match prediction sites. Follow our social media handles to remain updated with our latest content.