Match Preview

New Zealand will face Namibia in Match 36 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 5 November at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. With a net run rate of 0.816, the Black Caps are now third in Group 2. With a win in their next game, they will move into second place and increase their chances of making into the semi-finals. Namibia, on the other side, has shown tenacity but will require a miracle to break into the top two. Pakistan had previously defeated them by 45 runs.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and chasing would be easier.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 31 – 32° C


Total matches                                       51

Matches won batting first                    23

Matches won bowling first                  28

Average 1st Inns scores                    140

Average 2nd Inns scores                   128

Highest total recorded                        225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                         87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                         166/4 (19 Ov) by NAM vs NED

Lowest score defended                      129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top Wicket-Keeper pick

1) Devon Conway – Conway is an attacking left-handed batsman who relishes batting at the top of the order in limited-overs cricket. He is also a capable wicket-keeper. In the upcoming match, he has a lot of potentials to play great innings.

Matches – 109

Runs – 3585

Average – 44.24

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Craig Williams – In June 2019, he was named in Cricket Namibia’s Elite Men’s Squad, which competed in the 2019–20 international season. Williams achieved his first century in an ODI on January 8, 2020, in the 2020 Oman Tri-Nation Series match against Oman, with an unbeaten 129. He is a talented player in this format.

Matches – 104

Runs – 2373

Average – 27.27

2) KS Williamson – Apart from being adept against quick bowling, his remarkable skills included the rare Non-Asian ability to play quality spin. With his superb strokeplay mixing perfectly with his footwork and gritty disposition, Williamson’s batting is a purist’s delight. His leadership abilities that jump out are his tactical street smarts.

Matches – 215

Runs – 5487

Average – 31.90                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3) Gerhard Erasmus – Erasmus is a right-handed batsman for Namibia’s Under-19 team. In September 2011, he made his first-class debut for Namibia against Ireland. He has been an integral component of the team since then. He has scored 336 runs in 18 first-class games so far.

Matches – 83

Runs – 1208

Average – 21.57

4) Martin Guptill – Guptill, an enigmatic stroke maker by design, has been a stalwart of New Zealand’s batting in white-ball cricket for many years. The rhythm of Guptill’s strokeplay is a fundamental characteristic of his hitting. He is a difficult batsman to stop when he is in form, because of his uncanny ability to deal with both pace and spin.

Matches – 280

Runs – 7956

Average – 32.08

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Rubel Trumpelmann – Northerns selected him for the 2018 Africa T20 Cup squad and he made his Twenty20 debut for Northerns in the 2018 Africa T20 Cup. In the 2018–19 CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup, he was the best wicket-taker for the Northerns, with 23 dismissals in eight matches. He was also picked in Namibia’s T20I team for the Summer T20 Bash in 2021, which was held just before the World Cup.

Matches – 12

Wickets – 15

Economy – 7.06

2) Trent Boult – In the death overs, the left-arm quick medium bowler’s ability to swing the new ball and shift pace and lengths makes him a devastating bowler.

Matches – 138

Wickets – 160

Economy – 8.23

3) TG Southee – He’s honed a wide range of delivery styles and is not only a great new-ball bowler, but he’s also an old-ball bowler, thanks to pace variations and reverse swing. Apart from being a deft bowler, Southee has also demonstrated his ability to strike the long ball several times.

Matches – 207

Wickets – 230

Economy – 8.26

4) Bernard Scholtz – With 35 dismissals in nine matches in the 2017–18 Sunfoil 3-Day Cup for Namibia, he was the leading wicket-taker. He was named to Cricket Namibia’s Elite Men’s Squad in June 2019, one of the twenty-five cricketers named ahead of the 2019–20 international season.

Matches – 107

Wickets – 113

Economy – 6.29

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) David Wiese – Wiese, a right-arm medium-pacer who can also bat in the lower order, began playing cricket late but made his debut for Eastern Province at the age of 20. Wiese had an extraordinary ability to adjust the speed of his deliveries, which enabled him to succeed in the game’s shortest form.

Matches – 273

Runs – 3044

Average – 23.59

Wickets – 213

Economy – 8.40

2) James Neesham – In recent years, the left-handed batsman has proven to be a valuable player for New Zealand, putting in vital performances when needed. Lately, Neesham has demonstrated some consistency with his batting.

Matches – 169

Runs – 2248

Average – 23.17

Wickets – 149

Economy – 9.03

Predicted Playing 11

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

Bench: Todd Astle, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Seifert, Mark Chapman


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

Bench: Michau du Preez, Karl Birkenstock, Pikky Ya France, Bernard Scholtz


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