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T20 World Cup, India vs Namibia Highlights: IND end WC on a high, beat NAM by 9 wickets

T20 World Cup, India vs Namibia (IND vs NAM) Highlights: India defeat Namibia by 9 wickets to end World Cup campaign on a high.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 8, 2021 11:39:33 pm
India's captain Virat Kohli hugs Namibia's David Wiese as he leads team members out into the field after winning the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match between India and Namibia in Dubai, UAE, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

T20 World Cup, India vs Namibia Highlights: India signed off their disappointing T20 World Cup campaign with a nine-wicket win over Namibia here on Monday. India reached the target of 133 in 15.2 overs with Rohit Sharma (56) and KL Rahul (54 not out) stitching 86 runs for the opening stand to set up the win in their final Super 12 match. Suryakumar Yadav also remained not out on 25. For Namibia, Jan Frylinck took one wicket.

Earlier, India restricted Namibia to 132 for 8. Invited to bat, Namibia struggled to get going and they suffered a batting collapse after an opening stand of 33 between Stephan Baard (21) and Michael van Lingen (14). David Wiese top-scored for Namibia with a 25-ball 26. For India, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets apiece while Jasprit Bumrah got two. This match is the last for Virat Kohli as India captain in T20 Internationals while Ravi Shashtri is donning the head coach’s hat for the last time.

Brief Scores:

Namibia: 132 for 8 in 20 overs (David Wiese 26; Ravindra Jadeja 3/16, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/20).

India: 136 for 1 in 15.2 overs (Rohit Sharma 56; KL Rahul 54 not out; Jan Frylinck 1/19).

Match EndedICC World Twenty20, 2021 - Super 12 - Match 42

India

136/1 (15.2)
vs

Namibia

132/8 (20.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Super 12 - Match 42 )
India beat Namibia by 9 wickets

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T20 World Cup, India vs Namibia Highlights:

23:25 (IST)08 Nov 2021
What a quote ... Bradman in a bubble

I don't read too much into Virat's form. I don't care who the player is. If you put even Don Bradman in the bubble, his average will come down. Eventually, the bubble will burst: Shastri

23:19 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Shastri speaks

Ravi Shastri dropped a hint that his future might lie in TV commentary again, where he made his name before coming to coaching. “We won back-to-back (Test) series in Australia. We took the lead in England and it could be the longest lead in history (with the final Test has been deferred to next year). I might be commentating on that Test,” Shastri said at the post-match press conference.

22:48 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Outgoing captain Virat Kohli speaks

'Relief firstly (on leaving T20I captaincy). It's been a honor but things need to be kept at the right perspective. I felt this was the right time to manage my workload. It's been six or seven years of heavy workload and there is a lot of pressure. The guys have been fantastic, I know we haven't got the results here but we have played some really good cricket. The guys have really made my work easier. The way we played the last three games, it's a game of margins - T20 cricket these days. Two overs of attacking cricket at the top is what we were missing in the first two games. As I said, we weren't brave enough in those games and in the group we were in, it was tough. A big thank you to all those guys (Ravi Shastri and his support staff). They have done a great job over the years, creating such a wonderful environment for the players. People loved to get back to the atmosphere. They have done a really great job. That (his aggression) is never going to change. The day it does, I'll stop playing cricket. Even before I became captain, I have always loved to contribute in some way or the other. Surya didn't get much gametime in this World Cup, so I thought it will be a nice memory to take back. That was the idea (behind not batting himself).'

22:35 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Ravindra Jadeja is the Player of the Match

"As a bowler I enjoyed the game, the ball was dry and that is always good for a spinner. Some turned and some didn't so the batsman had to keep guessing. I've been playing with Ashwin for 10 years, he's played well in the IPL with the white ball, and he's brought that here. Virat has been a wonderful captain, and I've played with him for 10-12 years. He looks positive and aggressive and that's what you want. Bharat Arun, Mr. Sridhar, and Shastri bhai were really good to support us, and whoever comes next, we'll look to continue the momentum."

22:27 (IST)08 Nov 2021
IND win by 9 wickets

And this is the over which is likely to be the last India play in this World Cup campaign. At least they end on a high. And a leg bye to start. Scores are tied. And Rahul ends it in style with a four. It's all over. IND win by 9 wickets. Virat Kohli does not get to bat in his last match as India's T20 captain but India were clinical. Ravi Shastri's contract also ended with this match and now India will head into a new era under Rahul Dravid.

22:24 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Rahul's 50

And another boundary for India. Tossed up outside off, and he's opened the face to drive it through point. Great timing on it again by SKY. And 130 comes up for India as well as Rahul's 50. IND 131/1 after 15 overs.

22:20 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Fast and furious

And Rahul has hit one straight down the ground. They are in a hurry to finish this one. Lovely straight drive, lofted over the bowler's head, and into the straight boundary. And the fifth ball has also been hit for a 4. Fast and furious from India. 11 off the over. IND 122/1 after 14 overs.

22:15 (IST)08 Nov 2021
SKY special

Another lovely shot by SKY. Brings out another one of his favourites, the little dink to paddle-scoop it fine. Moved across early, fullish ball outside off and he picked it expertly to the fine leg boundary. 6 off the over. IND 111/1 after 13 overs.

22:11 (IST)08 Nov 2021
100 up for IND

12th over now. van Lingen to bowl. And with that 2 runs, 100 comes up for India. And another four from Rahul. What a shot. Overpitched on leg stump and he flicks it with a twirl of the wrists, one bounce into the square leg boundary. 9 off this one. IND 105/1 after 12 overs.

22:06 (IST)08 Nov 2021
SKY joins the party

11th over begins and Virat Kohli has not come out to bat . Suryakumar Yadav has been sent. And SKY joins the party with a beautiful inside out shot for a 4. 9 off the over. IND 96/1 after 11 overs.

21:59 (IST)08 Nov 2021
WICKET!!!

10th over. And it's the same script. Good length and angled into leg stump from around the wicket, stands still and only the arms move as Rahul scoops this over short fine for a massive 6. And a wicket!!! Against the run of play. Rohit walks. Frylinck takes a wicket. IND 86/1 after 9.5 overs as we go for drinks.

21:56 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Rohit refuses to hold back

JN Loftie-Eaton to bowl te 9th over. Was a good first 3 balls but the 4th ball is hit straight down the ground for a 4. Rohit Sharma is not holding back at all. Just 7 off it ultimately. India on their merry way. IND 77/0 after 9 overs.

21:52 (IST)08 Nov 2021
50 for Rohit

The 8th over starts. The last over bowled by Frylink went for 9 runs with a boundary off the last ball. And Smit has been dealt the same treatment. Rohit stands his ground and uses the angle to nudge that past short fine for a 4. And a half century for Rohit. IND 70/0 after 8 overs.

21:43 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Powerplay done

Smit in to bowl the last over of the powerplay. And Rahul has hit one now. Beautiful stroke. 50 up for India. 10 off the over ultimately. IND 54/0 after 6 overs.

21:39 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Rohit takes charge

The penultimate over of the powerplay. Spinner comes in. Scholtz comes on and reviews an lbw decision first up. It's a length ball at off stump, Rohit gets down for the sweep, trying to go behind square. He's caught that on the right bicep, in front of off stump or perhaps just outside it. Impact outside confirms tracker. So it's a not out. And Sharma has hit another boundary. And the fourth ball is hit for a 6. Where was this batter in the first two matches? 11 off the over. IND 44/0 after 5 overs

21:33 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Rahul joins the party

Wiese starts the 4th over. And now Rahul joins the party for a massive 6. Quick hands from KL. 7 off the over ultimately. IND 33/0 after 7 overs

21:29 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Rohit on fire

And the first ball of the 3rd over is sent straight for a four. It has been smashed through the line. Again, cought have been caught again but just short. Rohit has all the luck tonight. Comes back for twos in the fourth and the fifth ball. And a single to end and Sharma keeps strike. IND 26/0 after 3 overs.

21:24 (IST)08 Nov 2021
FOUR!!SIX!!

Second over starts. And Rohit backs away and gets it over mid-off. Banged in short of a length and at middle stump. Makes room and carves from under this. It's off the high part of the bat but there's enough to find the boundary. The 5th ball is sent for a massive 6. He makes it look so easy, does Rohit Sharma. 11 off the over. IND 17/0 after 2 overs.

21:20 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Let's begin!!!

Rahul and Rohit are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Trumpelmann will open the attack. Oh there was a fielder there. Rohit could have been caught but the ball has reached the boundary. 6 to end the first over. IND 6/0 after 1 over.

21:15 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Spark missing from academic encounter

Any match involving Team India is never low-key, but the game against Namibia came as close as any. With nothing other than pride and statistics riding on the fixture, it had an end-of-semester feel about it. The side looked flat in the field with very little chatter. Maybe, after being ousted from the tournament, the superstars of world cricket had trouble lifting themselves for a game against proverbial minnows. It was mirrored in the large number of empty seats at the Dubai International Stadium, a rare phenomenon for the Indian team. Not that it made much difference in the actual match. Namibia have shown shades of potential during the tournament, but after a promising start – a six over wide long-on by Stephan Baard off Mohammed Shami was a stroke to savour – they started losing wickets. When this scenario plays out, the underdog team generally tries to make full use of the overs rather than going for a high-risk approach. The fancied side is the one which has to force the issue, but given the situation India had very little incentive to go for the jugular.

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