After 41 riveting T20I contests between the top cricketing nations of the world, we have now finally reached the closing stages of the ICC T20 WC 2021.
The last match of the Super 12 is set to take place between team India and the tournament debutants Namibia. This match will be a dead rubber as both teams have no chance of making the playoffs cut whatsoever.
It was the kiwis who once gave the Indians a heartbreak by making easy work of the spirited Afghanistan side. With not much at stake, Virat Kohli will be hoping to finish his T20I captaincy career with a thumping win.
Can the Namibians take advantage of the wounded Indian side? Or will the Indians tear apart the Namibian bowling attack?
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Head to Head
This will be the first T20I encounter between India and Namibia.
Weather conditions and pitch
The Indians did a great job against the Scottish side to bundle them up for 85 runs and chase it down in less than 7 overs. Said that they are likely to continue with the same Xl for this encounter.
For the Namibians, this match serves as a great opportunity to gain experience. Leggie Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton has had a disastrous tour and he is likely to be replaced by the 31-year old Pinky ya France.
Probable Playing Xl
India (IND): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Namibia (NAM): Stephan Baard, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Zane Green (wk), Michael van Lingen, Karl Birkenstock, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz
Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma showed great character in the last couple of the games and they are likely to take the responsibility once again and are certain to succeed.
Namibian star all-rounder David Wiese and Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja are two other players who are expected to bolster the fantasy line-up.
IND vs NAM Fantasy team
Captain and Vice-captain picks
India seems to be in great touch in the last two matches and the intent of the openers were quite clear. Namibia did showcase a good performance against the kiwis but lost their plot completely in the death overs. Yes, they are inexperienced but a team that has given everything on the field.
We don't expect any kind of upsets as the wounded Indians would be looking to finish on a high note. We expect a one-sided battle at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday.
Cricwizz predicts India to win the match against Namibia.
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