After losing their second match of the Super 12 stage against Pakistan by 5 wickets, Afghanistan would look to get back to winning ways on Sunday. They began their Super 12 campaign with a massive 130-run win over Scotland but couldn’t replicate a similar performance on Friday.
Afghanistan won the toss against Pakistan and once again elected to bat first. However, they didn’t get the start that they desired. Courtesy of an exceptional bowling performance from Pakistan bowlers, Afghanistan lost 4 wickets for just 36 runs in the first six overs. Karim Jannat (15 off 17) and Najibullah (22 off 21) made some recovery but couldn’t go on to play big knocks.
Afghanistan, as a result, lost 6 wickets for 76 runs and it looked like they would get bundled out for less than 100. However, M Nabi (35 off 32) and Gulbadin (35 off 25) made a great recovery and took the team to 147 runs in the first innings.
In the second innnings, Afghanistan spin trio almost sealed the game for the team but Asif Ali’s assault in the penultimate over dampened all hopes. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, once again, was brilliant in the powerplay. His accuracy denied Pakistan to get a good start. Rahman bowled all four overs in a single spell and gave away just 14 runs in 4 overs, including the wicket of M Rizwan. Rashid Khan was brought into the attack after the halfway stage of the game.
He bowled an exceptional spell of bowling and kept the hopes alive for Afghanistan. Khan accounted for the wickets of M Hafeez and then Babar Azam in the 17th over to create panic in Pakistan’s dressing room.
But with 24 runs needed in the final two overs, Asif Ali belted for Karim Jannat for four sixes in a single over to win the game for Pakistan with an over to spare. Afghanistan currently find themselves at the number two position on the points table with 1 win 2 matches. They would look to get back to winning ways on Sunday.
Facing them are Namibia, who are have been nothing short of outstanding this season. Namibia began their Super 12 campaign with a 4-wicket win over Scotland. Owing to a sensational first over from Ruben Trumplemann, Namibia reduced Scotland to 2 for 3 in just 0.4 overs. None of the batsmen in the top-five made a major contribution as Scotland lost half of their side on 57.
However, a valuable 36-run partnership between Leask and Chris Greaves helped Scotland reach 109 runs at the end of the first innings. Ruben Trumplemann starred with the ball, picking 3 for 17 in 4 overs, while Jan Frylinck picked 2 for 10 in 4 overs.
Namibia lost six wickets in pursuit of the chase. Scotland denied Namibia to develop partnerships. However, a valuable 33-run knock off 23 balls from JJ Smit eventually helped Scotland chase down the score in 19.1 overs.
The 27th match of the ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Sunday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The pitch is likely to assist spinners and the Namibia batsmen is likely to have a tough time facing the Afghanistan spin trio. There is no denying the fact that Afghanistan will go into the contest as the favorites.
AFG vs NAM Prediction, Who Will Win the Match Between Afghanistan and Namibia? ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Match No 27
Teams Head to Head Records: T20 Internationals
Afghanistan and Namibia will take on each other for the first time in T20 internationals on Sunday.
|Stats||Matches||AFG Win||NAM Won||N/R|
|At Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||–||–||–|
|In the last 5 matches||–||–||–|
|In T20 World Cup||–||–||1||–|
STATS – T20
STATS – T20
|Matches won batting first||23|
|Matches won bowling first||31|
|Average 1st Inns scores||138|
|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||166/6 (19.4 Ov) by HK vs AFG|
|Lowest score defended||129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK|
Toss Prediction for the 27th match of ICC T20 World Cup 2021
The team winning the toss is likely to bowl bowl first. Afghanistan, though, miss chose to bat first.
Predicted Scores for the 27th match of ICC T20 World Cup 2021
|Team||1st batting||2nd batting|
Who will score the most runs for Afghanistan in the match: M Shahzad or Hazratullah Zazai
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||2||6||5.67|
|Naveen Ul Haq||2||2||17.00|
Who will pick the most wickets for Afghanistan in the match: Rashid Khan or Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Who will score the most runs for Namibia in the match: David Wiese or Gerhard Erasmus
Who will pick the most wickets for Namibia in the match: Ruben Trumplemann or Jan Frylinck