New Zealand claimed a second successive victory in their super 12s campaign when they beat Scotland to make themselves the favourites to clinch the second spot in their group. Currently, the Kiwis are in the third spot but have the same points as second-placed Afghanistan and have played a game less. Kane Williamson's side can control their own destiny, and wins against Namibia and Afghanistan would be enough to qualify.
After beating Scotland in their opening Super 12 game, Namibia have now lost back-to-back matches against Pakistan and Afghanistan. They have two of the best sides in the world to face next in New Zealand and India but will be hoping they can leave their mark on the tournament by creating one more shock.
New Zealand are the overwhelming favourites and can be backed at 1.05, with the Namibians priced all the way out at 12.00.
New Zealand vs Namibia T20 World Cup
Team News for New Zealand
If anybody thinks playing against Scotland or Namibia are easy matches, they were made to think again as Scotland gave New Zealand a really good game. Put in to bat by the Scots; New Zealand quickly found themselves at 35/2, with Kane Williamson being dismissed for only his second-ever duck.
A partnership between Glenn Phillips and Martin Guptill got New Zealand back on track, and it was Guptill, scoring 93 off 56 balls, who was the star of the show. His seven 6s were the most 6s scored in a single innings in this World Cup, and his efforts saw him move up to second place in the T20 leading run-scorers of all time.
Guptill needed the runs, and he will be hoping to carry his form into this match and is priced at 3.25 to be his team's top scorer again.
Likely playing 11 of New Zealand
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Daryl Mitchell, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Team News for Namibia
Namibia continue to earn plaudits for their performances. Despite a defeat last time out to Pakistan, they played really well and demonstrated once again that they are a side who can operate at this level.
It was a great opening partnership between Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam that won Pakistan the game, as the pair put on 113 for the first wicket. In trying to chase down a total of 189, the Namibians fell 45 runs short.
It was a typically gritty batting display from the minnows, with David Wiese showing once again that he is the class player in this Namibian side, top-scoring for his side with 43 runs off 31 balls. This isn't the first time that Wiese has led for his side when it comes to scoring, and he is priced at 4.50 to do so once again.
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
This match will be held in Sharjah. Both New Zealand and Namibia have played one previous game at the venue, with New Zealand losing to Pakistan and Namibia beating Ireland.
When it comes to hosting international T20 cricket, Sharjah is a young ground and has only played host to 22 matches. Sharjah can be slow, as indicated by the first innings average score of 141. For those batting second, the average drops all the way to 125.
Teams that bat first tend to have more success, with 12 wins for these sides compared to 10 for the chasers.
Betting Predictions for New Zealand vs Namibia
Let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for New Zealand vs Namibia:
Match Result Prediction
It's very hard to make a case for Namibia here as New Zealand should have far too much class.
New Zealand showed what a good side they are in their victory against Scotland. Despite getting off to a bit of a sticky start, they showed what depth they have and were able to post a good total of 172. At the ten-over stage in their chase, the Scots were right up with the required run rate and actually were ahead of the New Zealand total at the same stage.
However, there was no panic from Kane Williamson's men. Instead, they stuck to their line and lengths and were able to take crucial wickets, running out as victors by 16 runs. Although it did their net run rate no favours at all, it showed that New Zealand wouldn't take anybody lightly, and they will be fully wound up for the match against Namibia.
New Zealand will be looking for a victory and a dominant one at that so that they can boost their net run rate.
Match Winner: New Zealand (1.05)
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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 New Zealand
In a match where value is hard to find, there could be some value in backing a batter like Jimmy Neesham to be his team's top scorer at 13.00.
Coming in at six, there is no guarantee that Neesham will face a lot of balls, but he is one of the most devastating batsmen in this New Zealand side and can score runs quickly if his team needs him to. Look for Neesham to find the rope regularly, and at odds of 13.00, it could be a good value play.
Top Batsman for New Zealand: Jimmy Neesham (13.00)
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