Namibia have won the toss and are bowling first. New Zealand have the firepower to defeat Namibia in the ICC T20 World Cup. The Kiwis have been a dominant side in the last matches against the opponents. After losing to Pakistan in their first match of the World Cup campaign, they thumped tournament favourites India and Scotland.
Namibia, on the other hand, have defeated Scotland in the Super 12. They have impressed everyone in the ongoing tournament and the way they played against Pakistan deserves special mention.
This will be the first meeting between New Zealand and Namibia in any international format.
The smaller boundaries in Sharjah is a delight for any batter but the wickets have slowed down a bit after continuous cricket in the last few weeks.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Daryl Mitchell, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (capt), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.
Namibia (Playing XI): SJ Baard, M van Lingen, CG Williams, MG Erasmus*, D Wiese, JJ Smit, JN Loftie-Eaton, ZE Green†, K Birkenstock, R Trumpelmann, BM Scholtz