The last match of the Super 12 phase is here as India take on Namibia.
This could be a game that India need to win to qualify or could be a dead rubber; it will all depend on the outcome of the New Zealand vs Afghanistan match. The whole of India will be hoping that Afghanistan can pull off the shock win. A win for the Black Caps will see both Afghanistan and India eliminated.
A resurgent India side have swatted aside both Afghanistan and Scotland, and they are overwhelming favourites here to win at 1.03. Namibia, to pull off the shock of all shocks, are priced way out at 17.00.
India vs Namibia T20 World Cup
Team News for India
In terms of dominance and ruthlessness, India couldn't have done more against Scotland. The Indian side put on a cricketing clinic and were much too good for Scotland.
Winning the toss, the Indians put in Scotland to bat, and it was the right call as they bowled out the Scots for just 85 runs in a little over 17 overs. The entire Indian bowling attack contributed to their success. Ravi Jadeja and Mohammed Shami took three wickets apiece, and Jasprit Bumrah and Ravi Ashwin chipped in with another three between them.
It was a devastating display of power and precision with the bat as India chased down the total with over 13 overs to go. Stars with the bat were openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, who scored 50 and 30. It was another glimpse of what this Indian side can do, and fans will be scratching their heads as to why it took them so long to get into this tournament. If India are given a reprieve by Afghanistan, they will be a dangerous proposition for anybody.
If India are batting first, look for them to pile on the runs. Odds of 11.00 for a century to be scored could be a very live bet, particularly if India bat first.
Likely playing 11 of India
Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah
Team News for Namibia
The Namibians have been this tournament's feel-good story. The African minnows did well just getting into the pre-qualifying phase two years ago. They performed with aplomb in those qualifiers to earn the opportunity to compete at this year's tournament. In a group with Sri Lanka, Ireland, and the Netherlands, Namibia were projected to finish bottom. Instead, they recorded impressive wins over both the Dutch and Irish to qualify from the group, followed by a victory over Scotland in the Super 12s.
Since the victory over Scotland, things have become a little harder, but the Namibians have competed with great credit despite losing to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and New Zealand. They face their sternest test in this match against India, but you can be assured the Namibians will fight every ball.
Former South African David Wiese has made the switch over to Namibia, and he has been the star player with both bat and ball. Wiese has proved in the past and in this tournament that he can hang with the very best, and odds of 5.00 for him to be his sides top scorer (Wiese has already achieved this twice this tournament) could be a worthwhile play.
Likely playing 11 of Namibia
Zane Green, Craig Williams, Michael van Lingen, Gerhard Erasmus, David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Pikky Ya France, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz
Pitch and Weather conditions
India will play their fourth match of the tournament in Dubai. It's been a mixed ground for the Indians. They experienced losses to both Pakistan and New Zealand but did beat Scotland at this venue a few days ago. This will be Namibia's first game at the venue, as they have spent the majority of their time in Abu Dhabi.
In total, there have been 68 T20 contests held at this stadium. There have been 34 games where the side batting first has won, and 34 games have been won by the side batting second. The average score for the first innings is 144, with the second innings average at 122. So far, during this World Cup, the team that has batted second has gone on to win every game held at this venue.
Betting Predictions for India vs Namibia
Let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for India vs Namibia:
Match Result Prediction
It's impossible to believe that India could lose this match here, and we have to side with them to win this match.
The Indians will know exactly what they need to do before a ball has been bowled, and if they are still in the qualifying mix, they may need to win heavily to ensure they qualify via net run rate.
India have blown away fellow minnows Scotland and put in a great performance against the spin of Afghanistan. If Namibia were to win this game, it would send shockwaves around the world, but we don't see it happening. India will win this game and win it by a large margin.
Match Winner: India (1.03)
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Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that could be very hard to bat on, the side that wins the toss could choose to put the other team in to bat first. The chasing teams have won the majority of matches in this World Cup. Any score over 150 could be very hard to chase.
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Top Batsman for India
If India bowl first in this game, there could be every chance that they could restrict the Namibians to a low score; therefore, when looking for value as to who can be India's top scorer, it makes sense to look no further than either KL Rahul or Rohit Sharma. These two could knock off any total quickly, or if India bat first, they could make a big score.
KL Rahul is India's top scorer with 140 runs across his four innings. He lies in 12th for the most runs scored in the Super 12 phase. With a big score, it could be that Rahul could end up as the top scorer altogether as he is only 80 runs behind current leader Charith Asalanka.
Rahul is 3.50 to be his team's leading scorer, and with the form on the surface and the potential to climb up the overall run, the leaderboard could be a big incentive. He gets our vote to potentially finish his tournament with a bang and another big score.
Top Batsman for India: KL Rahul (3.50)
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