Match Preview

Namibia will face Pakistan in Match 31 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 2 November at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. In the ongoing tournament, the Babar Azam-led Pakistan team is on fire, as they sit atop Group 2 with three wins in as many games. They’ll advance to the semi-finals if they win again. Namibia, on the other hand, started well with a four-wicket win over Scotland before losing by 62 runs to Afghanistan. Without a doubt, Namibia has been impressive, but defeating Pakistan may not be simple.

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) Mohammad Rizwan – Due to his offensive stroke play and wicket-keeping skills, Rizwan became a fixture of Pakistan’s limited-overs side, bringing significant balance to the squad’s composition. His gritty yet remarkable skills will be beneficial for the upcoming match.

Matches – 158

Runs – 3611

Average – 38.41

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Fakhar Zaman – His methods suit the limited-overs game, he is a useful part-time slow left-arm. In shorter formats, his ‘see the ball, hit the ball’ style makes him a fan favourite and a package that is difficult to overlook.

Matches – 167

Runs – 4109

Average – 26.85

2) 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 – 103

Runs – 2333

Average – 27.12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3) Babar Azam – He is a top-order batter with fluid batting ability and has shown flashes of remarkable stroke-making skill. He played phenomenal innings against India in the last match. He is capable of leading his team to victory in this tournament.

Matches – 199

Runs – 7183

Average – 46.34

4) 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 – 82

Runs – 1193

Average – 21.29

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) 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

2) Ruben 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 – 11

Wickets – 15

Economy – 6.87

3) Shaheen Afridi – There is no dispute about Shaheen Afridi’s frighteningly limitless potential. Afridi, like his famous namesake, is blessed with a tall gangly frame and the ability to bowl really fast. He can also strike the ball hard with his good batting skills.

Matches – 99

Wickets – 135

Economy – 7.78

4) Haris Rauf – He is fiery with his T20 skills and has bowled phenomenal spells in the warm-up matches. He is full of great potential and is in excellent form to play this match.

Matches – 88

Wickets – 121

Economy – 8.39

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 – 272

Runs – 3001

Average – 23.26

Wickets – 212

Economy – 8.41

2) Mohammad Hafeez – Hafeez’s best quality can be described by a lean onto the front foot combined with a high elbow giving route to a peaceful cover drive. When Hafeez is at work, a tuck or a clip off the pads looks just as good. As do the flat darts, which are difficult to score in the limited overs.

Matches – 342

Runs – 7335

Average – 32.90

Wickets – 191

Economy – 6.40

Predicted Playing 11


Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

Bench: Mohammad Nawaz, Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jr


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

Bench: Karl Birkenstock, Ben Shikongo, Michau du Preez, Stephan Baard


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