The match between India and Namibia will be played on Monday in the T20 World Cup 2021. Both the teams will clash at the Dubai International Stadium from 7.30 pm. India and Namibia have tied the bed in the Super-12 round itself. Both will now take to the field to play their fifth and last match. Team India, led by Virat Kohli, will try to bid farewell to the tournament with a win. India lost to Pakistan, New Zealand while defeating Afghanistan and Scotland. At the same time, Namibia could get a win against Scotland in the current round.
India and Namibia team will play T20 International for the first time. The last clash between the two in an international match was 18 years ago. Team India and Namibia came face to face in the 2003 ODI World Cup. In that match, India won against Namibia by 181 runs. India had scored 311 runs for the loss of 2 wickets on the basis of century innings of Sachin Tendulkar (152) and Sourav Ganguly (112) and Namibias team was bundled out for just 130.
After being out of the race for the semi-finals, there may be two changes in Indias playing. Team India can try young players in the last league match. Batsman Ishan Kishan has played one match in the Super-12 round and he can be selected in the team once again. Apart from him, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar can also get a chance. He can be substituted for Varun Chakravarthy. Chahar has not played any match in the tournament. On the other hand, in Namibias playing XI, bowler Bernard Scholtz could be replaced by Ben Shikongo.
In the Super-12 round, 10 matches have been played at the Dubai Stadium, in which there was not much fanfare. Here the bowlers have dominated more than the batsmen. Apart from the fast bowlers, the spinners have managed to make a mark in the middle overs. Batsmen are struggling to score runs in Dubai. In the last two matches on this ground, the 90 mark was crossed. India played its first two matches against Pakistan and New Zealand in Dubai and had to face defeat. India then hoisted the winning flag against Scotland by 8 wickets in Dubai. Let us inform you that the average score of the first innings in T20 International matches at this stadium is 141 while the average score of the second innings is 123.
The weather will be hot in Dubai on Monday. However, some relief is expected in the evening. While the day temperature will remain 32 degrees Celsius, the temperature during India vs Namibia match is likely to hover around 27-28 degree Celsius. Players may have to bear the humidity, which is expected to be around 55 percent. Wind speed can be around 12-13 kph. The weather will be clear and there is only a 2% chance of rain. Dew can play an important role in the match. In such a situation, the team winning the toss can opt to bowl first.