India Vs Namibia, Match Preview
India is out of contention for the semis for the first time in an ICC event, since 2012. They looked off color in the first two games, leaving themselves with a lot to hope for in the back end of the tournament.
Their last day in the tournament is a dead rubber, and will also be the last for a wonderful era in Indian Cricket. The Shastri- Kohli duo comes to an end. Both members of the side have helped take India to new heights. Together, India found success in the longer formats and bilateral events, but an ICC trophy has eluded them, despite constant qualification to the semi-finals.
For Namibia, no game is a dead rubber. The associate nation rarely gets to play big sides, and will likely not play any full nation till the next World Cup. With limited resources, Namibia is doing really well. They beat some good sides, and held their own throughout the World Cup.
India Vs Namibia, Team News
With a lot of travelling over the last few months, India could rest some of their all-format stars.
Gerhard Erasmus has played through the tournament with a finger injury. With Namibia out, he could take a break, but may continue playing as Namibia has a big opportunity to make some noise in the fixture.
India Vs Namibia, Predicted XIs
India: (possible) 1 KL Rahul, 2 Rohit Sharma/Ishan Kishan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Mohammed Shami/Shardul Thakur, 10 Jasprit Bumrah/Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Rahul Chahar/Varun Chakravathy
Namibia: (possible) 1 Stephan Baard, 2 Michael van Lingen, 3 Craig Williams, 4 Gerhard Erasmus (capt), 5 David Wiese, 6 JJ Smit, 7 Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, 8 Zane Green (wk), 9 Jan Frylinck/Karl Birkenstock, 10 Ruben Trumpelmann, 11 Ben Shikongo/Bernard Scholtz
India Vs Namibia, Players to Watch out for
Virat Kohli is gearing up for his final game as T20 captain. He is not going to lead RCB as well, and the game is a crucial point for India. Their will be a new beginning for them after this fixture, and Virat Kohli will want to end on a high.
Wiese has been a part of the IPL, and knows some of the Indian players well. He was with Kohli in RCB. David Wiese is in the middle of a fantastic tournament, and is among the top associate players. With one more game to go, Wiese will want to deliver an make a huge mark on the game.
India Vs Namibia, Pitch Report
The Dubai pitch has eased up in the last few games. Big scores are achievable batting first, and chasing is still not bad with the dew factor. Batting second is the ideal choice with the onset of dew later in the evening.