Pakistan Vs Namibia, Match Preview
Pakistan is a Cricket team famous for its unpredictability. Most of their famous wins have come when nobody expected to win. The 2017 Champions Trophy, and the World Cup win against England are two examples. The talent in the side though, is brilliant. Pakistan is a side which keeps bringing out talent, and this World Cup has seen their players prosper nicely. They came in with a lot to prove, and are doing a great job to earn respect in the Cricketing World.
They came into the tournament with two tours cancelled, a horrible visit in England, and two coaches with less experience in coaching. Their record against India in ICC events speaks for itself. Despite all the odds, they are now on top of the table, unbeaten, and in the semi-finals.
While Pakistan are well placed, they will be keen to not let the intensity go down. They face Namibia, and will probably rest a few players, but they will also be ready for the surprises Namibia could produce. Namibia has surprised some sides already in this tournament, and their individual talent is spectacular. David Wiese in particular is a player to watch out for. The fact that they are still alive, this late in the group stage will encourage them and give them the belief that Namibia can move further in the tournament.
Pakistan Vs Namibia, Team News
Despite a massive defeat to Afghanistan, Namibia is unlikely to change their side.
Pakistan could take the chance to rest some players, and bring in their bench players, giving them some game time.
Pakistan Vs Namibia, Predicted XIs
Namibia (probable): 1 Craig Williams, 2 Michael van Lingen, 3 Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, 4 Gerhard Erasmus (capt), 5 Zane Green (wk), 6 David Wiese, 7 JJ Smit, 8 Jan Frylinck, 9 Pikky Ya France, 10 Ruben Trumpelmann, 11 Bernard Scholtz
Pakistan (probable): 1 Babar Azam (capt), 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3 Fakhar Zaman, 4 Mohammad Hafeez/Haider Ali, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Asif Ali, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Hasan Ali/Mohammad Nawaz, 10 Haris Rauf, 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi
Pakistan Vs Namibia, Players to Watch out for
David Wiese is a regular in the Pakistan Super League, and will know a lot about the Pakistan Cricketers. He could look to have fun in this fixture, against familiar faces. His exploits for Namibia are brilliant, and he is showing that he can win games for the side on his own.
Shoaib Malik used all his experience to steer Pakistan to victory against New Zealand, and Afghanistan. He stood along with the likes of Asif Ali, and Babar Azam, and played some nice cameos to keep Pakistan in the chase against both sides. His ability to play spin came into use again, and Malik looks in great form as a finisher.
Pakistan Vs Namibia, Pitch Report
The Abu Dhabi stadium has big boundaries, and pace will play a factor. Since it’s an evening game, dew could pay a visit. Batting second will be better given the dew, and nature of the pitch.