ABOUT THE MATCH
Namibia will take on Kenya in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 25.
Namibia won impressively against Scotland in the tournaments. Jan Frylinck’s nine wickets in four games have been a major factor to be in a good form along with opener Niko Davin’s vital contribution to the game.
Meanwhile, in Kenya, Irfan Karim and Aman Gandhi stitched a 110-run opening partnership and achieved a seven-wicket win against Singapore last time out. Collins Obuya has also been among its key players, with 99 runs and eight wickets so far.
Namibia has won the toss in their last two games while Kenya did not in their last game. If Kenya wins the toss, it could bat first.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The Dubai International Cricket Stadium is traditionally a good batting wicket that facilitates some big hitting.
Temperature is expected to be the mid-30 degrees throughout the afternoon in Dubai. With hot weather and no expectations of rain, there will be very little wind or humidity.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Namibia
Stephan Baard, Niko Davin, JP Kotze, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus (c), JJ Smit, Zane Green (wk), Christi Viljoen, Jan Frylinck, Ben Shikongo, Bernard Scholtz
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Kenya
Irfan Karim (wk), Aman Gandhi, Dhiren Gondaria, Collins Obuya, Rakep Patel, Sachin Bhudia, Nelson Odhiambo, Jasraj Kundi, Lucas Oluoch, Elijah Otieno, Shem Ngoche (c)
- Namibia is likely to retain the same team that has clinched a win over Scotland and Bermuda.
- Stephan Baard and Ben Shikongo made a huge impact in the last match, having both been brought in for the Scotland match.
- After being bowled out for 96 and 116 in their first two matches, Namibia staged a comeback with a win against Scotland.
- JJ Smit’s 43 from 22 balls lifted them to 159/6 before Jan Frylinck’s 2-15 restricted Scotland to 135/8 in reply.
- In the last match against Bermuda, Namibia restricted them to 106/9.
- Niko Davin’s 37 from 12 balls saw a second Namibian win in the tournament, allowing it to romp home with six wickets and 41 balls to spare.
- Aman Gandhi made his T20I debut in the last match with a half-century in a 110-run opening stand.
- Aman will retain his place alongside Irfan Karim while Alex Obanda will be missing in action.
- Rushab Patel had made his first appearance against Bermuda as a replacement for Sachin Bhudia.
- Kenya has bounced back well from defeats to the Netherlands and Scotland with their first win against Bermuda.
- Dhiren Gondaria’s 85 led them to 138/4 before Collins Obuya’s 4-27 allowed Kenya to bowl out Bermuda for 93.
- Irfan Karim and Aman Gandhi were in excellent batting form as Kenya chased 158 to beat Singapore by seven wickets with seven balls to spare.
PROBABLE WINNING TEAM:
Namibia and Kenya both are in good form. But Namibia has greater depth in their line-up and are, therefore, favorites to win the match.
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