T20 worldcup: India's campaign ends with a win over Namibia

by Sports | 09-11-2021 | 260 views

Dubai: Fine performances with the bat and ball saw India sign off from the ICC Men's T20 World Cup with a nine-wicket win over Namibia in their final Super 12 match at the Dubai International Stadium here on Monday.

It meant that Virat Kohli finished his T20I captaincy career on a high. It also ensured that head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar went out on a winning note.

After restricting Namibia to 132/8 in 20 overs, India chased down the target with 28 balls remaining. Rohit Sharma (56 off 37 balls) and K L Rahul (54 not out off 36 balls) steered India to a facile win.

India blasted 54 runs in the powerplay, 39 of those coming from Rohit's bat. He had luck on his side, with his one-handed pull put down by Michale van Lingen at fine leg and rolled to the boundary rope for four in the opening over.

That drop proved to be costly as Rohit took a four and six off David Wiese followed by another four off Rubel Trumpelmann. Rahul joined the party with a short-arm jab-pull off Wiese over deep mid-wicket in the fourth over.

Post powerplay, Rohit continued his strong show, taking two boundaries before reaching his second half-century of the tournament in the eighth over. Jan Frylinck broke the opening partnership at 86 as Rohit skied a cross-bat slog to keeper Zane Green. After Rohit's dismissal, Rahul was at his elegant best with wristy flick and clean lofted boundaries.

Suryakumar Yadav, promoted to No. 3, creamed a flurry of boundaries, with a loft over extra cover and scoop over fine leg standing out as India inched closer to the target. Rahul reached his third half-century of the tournament with a single to long-on before finishing off the chase with a four through long-off.

Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin (3/20) and Ravindra Jadeja (3/16) shone as India restricted Namibia to 132/8 after Kohli opted to bowl.

At one point, Namibia were in danger of being bowled out for a low score as Ashwin and Jadeja shared six wickets between themselves. But Wiese, along with the lower order, helped Namibia bat out their whole quota of overs. Wiese top-scored with 26.

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