New Zealand will be up against Namibia in match 36 of the ongoing 20-20 World Cup. This match is crucial for the Kane Williamson-led team as a win will take them to six points, ahead of Afghanistan in Group B. After a resounding win over India, New Zealand strutted a bit against Scotland. Despite posting 172, they could win the game by just 16 runs. It was a close shave and the Blackcaps would have been relieved to come on top.
The biggest takeaway during the game was the performance of Martin Guptill. The seasoned campaigner went about his business in a calm and calculative manner and anchored the innings well. His 93 was the cornerstone of New Zealand posting a challenging score. In the bowling, senior players Tim Southee and Trent Boult were up to the task. The duo gave just 53 runs in the combined eight overs and picked up three wickets.
Ish Sodhi leaked some runs and New Zealand would be hoping he gets back to his rhythm. On the other hand, Namibia showed enough promise and fight in the Qualifiers, but have found it difficult against top teams. Barring David Wiese, the rest have not shown consistency.
The Sharjah pitch has been comparatively easy to bat than the other two grounds in UAE. Chasing has been preferred, but batting first is not a hard grind either.
The temperature predicted on Friday (November 5) is 32 degrees Celsius. It would be sunny through the day.
Playing Combinations New Zealand
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Playing Combinations Namibia
Stephan Baard, Michael van Lingen, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Zane Green (wk), Jan Frylinck, Ben Shikongo
New Zealand vs Namibia Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 03:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports Network
Live Streaming – Disney + Hotstar