Sunday October 31, 2021

ICC T-20 World Cup: India To Face New Zealand Today


Dubai/Sharjah: Two games will be played today (Sunday) in T-20 world cup super 12 round.

In first Matach Afghanistan will face Namibia at 3 pm at Abu Dhabhi.

After their historic Super 12 victory over Scotland, Namibia face an Afghanistan side looking to bounce back after defeat to Pakistan.

In the first ever T20I meeting between the two sides, Namibia are ready to face a spin examination, with Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman hitting the ground running in early Group 2 action.

Following a crushing victory over Scotland to begin their T20 World Cup campaign, Afghanistan were overrun by Pakistan, toppled by a late-over blitz by Asif Ali.

In the aftermath of the defeat, the experienced Asghar Afghan called time on his international career, and will make way at the conclusion of tonight’s match.

Namibia’s middle order have shown an aptitude against spin in their campaign, though it’s fair to say that this may be their toughest test yet. Led by Rashid Khan, the fastest player to 100 T20I wickets, Afghanistan will show no mercy with their attack, as Mujeeb and Mohammad Nabi provide little respite.

For Namibia, their attack will ask new questions of an Afghan batting line-up, with no less than four left-arm bowling options. Alongside Ruben Trumpelmann, the Player of the Match in their win over Scotland, JJ Smit and Jan Frylinck provide pace options, with the left-arm orthodox of Bernard Scholtz the spin threat on Gerhard Erasmus’ side.

Fixture Details
The Match: Afghanistan v Namibia
Time: 14:00 Sunday 31 October
Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

The Teams
Afghanistan are unlikely to make wholesale changes even after their defeat, though the big question is if Asghar Afghan will get the chance to bow out after his retirement.

Afghanistan Possible XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Asghar Afghan, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Namibia’s top order may shuffle against Afghanistan, with only one quick in Naveen-Ul-Haq likely. With match-ups in mind, a right-hand/left-hand combination of Craig Williams and Michael van Lingen may be preferred, though ‘keeper Zane Green may also be entrusted at the top.

Possible Namibia XI: Craig Williams, Michael van Lingen, Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Zane Green, Jan Frylinck, Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Pikky Ya France, Bernard Scholtz

In Second match India will take on New Zealand at Dubai.

After opening match defeats to Pakistan, India and New Zealand meet in Dubai wanting to get their respective T20 World Cup campaigns back on track.

For fans around the world, India versus New Zealand in recent years has been box office viewing. From the 2019 Cricket World Cup semi-final, to the inaugural World Test Championship final, a rivalry of sorts has been forged.

While New Zealand had the final say in both of those matches, they have no bearing on what lies ahead today: a potential T20 World Cup classic in the heat of Dubai.

Before the tournament, New Zealand and India most likely earmarked each other for their toughest games in Group 2 of the T20 World Cup. Now, the pair look at the fixture as a potentially make-or-break meeting.

After struggling with the ferocity of Shaheen Afridi’s pace and swing, India’s top order will no doubt face New Zealand left-armer Trent Boult in similar circumstances, though it was spinner Mitchell Santner and quick Tim Southee that Kane Williamson went to first in their first match. For the Black Caps, improvement with the bat is also crucial. Despite five players reaching double figures in their first match, no player passed 30, in a team display that lacked rhythm or pace.

Desperate to avoid slumping to two defeats to begin their campaigns, it would take something special from either team making the final four with a loss. It puts an extra emphasis on the fixture, with little margin for error from here on in.

Fixture Details
The Match: India v New Zealand
Time: 18:00 Sunday 31 October
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai

India possible XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand possible XI: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Tim Seifert, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

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