The 27th encounter of the 20-20 World Cup will pit Afghanistan and Namibia against each other. Afghanistan are currently stationed at the 2nd spot in the points table in Group 2. The Afghanistan side will enter this match after losing to Pakistan in their previous encounter.
Batting first, the Mohammad Nabi-led side posted a total of 147/6 on the board. But then, some incredible hitting from Asif Ali (25* off 7 deliveries) helped Pakistan cross the finish line.
On the other hand, the Namibia outfit is occupying the 3rd position in the points table. In their previous match, Namibia beat Scotland with 4 wickets and 5 balls to spare. The Namibia bowlers restricted Scotland to a total of just 109/8.
Ruben Trumpelmann did a superb job with the ball for Namibia, picking up 3 wickets in his 4-over spell. In reply, Craig Williams (23 runs) and JJ Smit (32*) stepped up for Namibia and enabled the Gerhard Erasmus-led side to coast past the finish line.
While Namibia will look to continue with their winning run, Afghanistan will look to put the loss against Pakistan behind them and post a victory.
Pitch and Conditions
Win the toss and chase - that is what has worked in this tournament in Abu Dhabi. The chasing side has won the last 3 matches played at this venue in this competition. The batters will have to bide their time to score runs on this pitch.
Playing Combinations for AFG vs NAM
Predicted XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (WK), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Asghar Afghan, Karim Janat, Najubullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (C), Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Predicted XI: Craig Williams, Michael van Lingen, Zane Green (WK), Gerhard Erasmus (C), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Pikky Ya France, Jan Nicol Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz
AFG vs NAM Head-to-Head
This will be the first match between the two sides in T20Is
AFG vs NAM Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 03:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports Network
Live Streaming – Disney+Hotstar