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Namibia field first against New Zealand

DUBAI – Namibia have won the toss and elected to field first against Black Caps in a Group 2 fixture of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Erasmus won the toss and invited Kane Williamson-led team to bat first. Kiwis currently stand third on the Group 2 points table and victory in today’s game will give them a much-needed booster in the semi-final qualification.

Meanwhile, Namibia participated for the first time in the mega event and would look to cause an upset to make this edition a more memorable one. Namibian squad had was in good shape in the opening round, but suffered back-to-back defeats at the Super 12 stage.

New Zealand is the favorite to win the 36th match of the T20 World Cup 2021 as they played three T20 World Cup matches in this tournament, lost one against Pakistan, and won against India and Scotland.

Besides New Zealand and Namibia, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and Scotland are in Group 2 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Williamson and team are favorites are to finish as runner-ups from Group 2, behind table-toppers Green Shirts, with two games to go.

Squads:

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway(w), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Namibia: Stephan Baard, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus(c), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Zane Green(w), Michael van Lingen, Karl Birkenstock, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz

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