Babar Azam of Pakistan. Photo- Getty
Babar Azam of Pakistan. Photo- Getty

Pakistan and Namibia are set to take on each other in the 31st match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Tuesday. Pakistan’s performance in their first three matches obviously makes them favourites to win this clash.

They have beaten all three toughest sides in group B. In their opening match against India, they stunned everyone to earn a 10-wicket win. They carried on their winning run against New Zealand as well after beating them by 5 wickets. In their last game against Afghanistan, they exhibited another all-round performance to earn their third consecutive win of the tournament.

Pakistan
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All the players have made valuable contributions to the team. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf have been brilliant as far as the pace department is concerned. Besides, Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim have been quite accurate with their lengths and gave the batsmen very little to work with.

Their only worry right now is Hasan Ali’s poor run in the tournament. However, with the team winning matches, they wouldn’t be fretting on that too much.

Babar Azam and M Rizwan has been brilliant at the top. Fakhar Zaman (30 off 25) also played a decent knock in the last game against Afghanistan. However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if their middle-order fell apart someday. Senior members, M Hafeez and Shoaib Malik haven’t inspired a lot of confidence with the bat.

And, Pakistan could have lost their last two games had Asif Ali not played match-winning cameos in the end. Pakistan would be wanting both Hafeez and Malik to take some responsibility on their shoulders and hopefully get back to form before playing the semi-finals.

Namibia
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On the other hand, Namibia are coming off a disappointing 62-run defeat at the hand of Afghanistan. They were outstanding in the first round and also began their super 12 stages with a win against Scotland. However, Gerhard Erasmus and Co. looked clueless in all departments of the game in the last game against Afghanistan. The manner in which they lost the game would have shattered their confidence.

A brilliant batting effort from the team helped Afghanistan post a 160-run total in the first innings. Namibia, in reply, were bundled out for a paltry 98-run total in the second innings, thereby losing the game by 62 runs. David Wiese top-scored for the side, scoring 26 runs off 30 deliveries. Ahead of their third game in the Super 12 stage against Pakistan, they would be hoping to exhibit better performance in all facets of the game.

PAK vs NAM Prediction, Who Will Win the Match Between Pakistan and Namibia? ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Match No 31

PAK vs NAM Prediction, Who Will Win the Match Between Pakistan and Namibia? ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Match No 31
Shadab Khan. (Credits: Twitter)

Teams Head to Head Records: T20 Internationals

Pakistan and Namibia have never played against each other in T20 internationals. On Tuesday, the two teams will take on each other for the very first time in a T20 international in ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Stats Matches PAK Win  NAM Won N/R
Overall
At Sharjah Cricket Stadium
In the last 5 matches
In T20 World Cup

STATS – T20

Total matches 55
Matches won batting first 24
Matches won bowling first 31
Average 1st Inns scores 139
Average 2nd Inns scores 127
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

Toss Prediction for the 31st match of ICC T20 World Cup 2021

The team winning the toss is likely to bowl bowl first.

Predicted Scores for the 31st match of ICC T20 World Cup 2021

Team 1st batting 2nd batting
Pakistan 150-170 140-160
Namibia 130-150 110-130

(Players’ form)

Pakistan: 

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
Babar Azam 3 128 64
Mohammad Rizwan 3 120 60
Asif Ali 3 52 52
Shoaib Malik 3 45 45
Fakhar Zaman 3 41 20.5
Mohammad Hafeez 3 21 10. 5

Who will score the most runs for Pakistan in the match: Babar Azam or Mohammad Rizwan 

Bowling: 

Players Matches Wickets Average
Haris Rauf 3 6 14.00
Shaheen Afridi 3 5 14.80
Hasan Ali 3 3 36.00
Shadab Khan 3 2 31.50
Imad Wasim 3 3 19.67

Who will pick the most wickets for Pakistan in the match: Shaheen Afridi or Haris Rauf

Namibia: 

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
David Wiese 5 142 47.33
Gerhard Erasmus 5 121 30.25
Craig Williams 5 79 15.8
JJ Smit 5 58
Zane Green 5 57 11.4

Who will score the most runs for Namibia in the match: David Wiese or Gerhard Erasmus

Players Matches Wickets Average
Jan Frylinck 5 2 16.86
David Wiese 5 4 30.00
Ruben Trumplemann 5 6 21.33
JJ Smit 5 4 26.00
Bernard Scholtz 5 5 48.00
Nicol Loftie-Eaton 5 2 14.00

Who will pick the most wickets for Namibia in the match: Ruben Trumplemann or Nicol Loftie-Eaton