We are about halfway through the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup, and there are more questions than there were at the start of the event. After the warm-ups, India’s qualifying appeared practically guaranteed, but the way the tournament has unfolded has definitely shocked everyone. Cricket prediction right now is surely in Pakistan’s favour who are expected to top group 2.
However, the fight for second place in the group is well and fully open. It will be intriguing to watch how things play out over the following few days. The fans could get to see some great performances with the cricket bat in the next set of games.
Pakistan and Namibia, on the other hand, will be largely untouched by these events since their destinies have already been determined. They will be pitted against each other in what seems to be a dead-rubber match, but will still be crucial. The match will take place on November 2, 2021, at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Following their victory over Afghanistan, Pakistan’s equation is clear and straightforward. They presently sit atop Group B’s points table, having completed their most challenging matches, and should comfortably advance to the World Cup’s semi-finals. Having said that, they would still want to be at their best moving ahead because a slip-up here in a dead rubber may hit them again in the important matches.
With their performances, Pakistan has surely astonished everyone. However, considering their recent record and when playing in the UAE, it should not come as a surprise. Their first victory of the tournament, against India, was undoubtedly their most clinical, as they sped through a spirited, in-form Indian squad.
Pakistan seemed to be in trouble in their second encounter, but a magnificent knock from Asif Ali, along with a calming influence from Shoaib Malik, clinched the job for them. Once again, a cameo from Asif Ali aided Pakistan’s victory against Afghanistan with an over to spare.
Pakistan may have seen everything in their three encounters thus far. They were put in tight positions twice in three matches, yet they managed to keep their cool to perfection – something they aren’t particularly renowned for. Pakistan also boasts a well-balanced side that bats deep and has at least seven bowling options. The one thing they haven’t done yet is bat first, which is something they’d want to accomplish before doing it in the knockouts. Aside from that, Pakistan seems to be doing well.
Overall, Pakistan has punched above their weight in all three matches thus far, and they have the momentum. These are the circumstances they want to play in, and overcoming them will be a difficult task for all teams moving ahead, not just Namibia. Pakistan should be able to coast to a victory in this forthcoming match if they can keep their unpredictable side out of the equation.
From not even being in contention to compete in the World Cup to qualifying for the tournament’s second round is a trip that both management and supporters can be proud of. Namibia, on the other hand, would be striving higher and would have a task to accomplish. Following a humiliating setback at the hands of Afghanistan, Namibia will have their work cut out for them in the coming weeks, with three challenging matches on the schedule.
Namibia has followed a certain blueprint in the two matches so far, which succeeded the first time but did not work the second time. Namibia didn’t receive the start they wanted versus Afghanistan, despite the fact that the likes of Ruben Trumpelmann, JJ Smit, and David Wiese didn’t do anything wrong. Jan Frylinck was their weakest link in the bowling team, but given their choices, this should be a concern moving into the next match.
Jan Nicol Loftie Eaton, who was excellent against Afghanistan, will possibly be Namibia’s best trump card with the ball in the next match. This youthful leg-spinner can spin the ball in both directions and can be a nuisance on a surface supporting spinners. Namibia seems to be a bit short in the batting department, as they depend largely on David Wiese to provide them with huge knocks required to chase down or post lofty totals.
Craig Williams and Gerhard Erasmus have done well thus far in the competition, but chasing or psoting higher than par scores might be a problem for them. Overall, Namibia has shocked everyone with their outstanding performance in the competition so far, and they will need something special to trouble this in-form Pakistani team. However, as we witnessed in their encounter against the Netherlands, they have some extremely excellent players, and Pakistan would be well not to underestimate them.
Pakistan and Namibia have not faced each other in T20I’s till now
This is one of those games that will have little bearing on the outcome of the World Cup in the future. This match, on the other hand, would be very important for Namibia. A victory against a test-playing side might boost their growth as a cricket squad, and Namibia will be ready for the task.
Given their performance so far, Pakistan will be mindful of what Namibia is capable of. Having said that, Pakistan has shown to be a much superior team in the competition, and with everything working in their favour, betting for Pakistan’s victory in this next match should be the way to go. Back Pakistan to win easily over Namibia in their next World T20 encounter.
Date and Time:
November 1, 2021 (Tuesday), 7:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi