T20 World Cup: India beat Namibia by 9 wickets: Both teams out of WC race
Kohli-Shastri era ends on positive note as India sign off with 9-wicket win vs Namibia
ICC T20 World Cup 2021: India rode on outstanding performances from Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin to beat Namibia by 9 wickets in Dubai and end their campaign on a positive note.
India (136/1) beat Namibia (132/8) by 9 wickets in their last Super 12 match
India lost 2 and won 3 games in their unsuccessful T20 World Cup 2021 campaign in the UAE
India’s last Super 12 clash was also Virat Kohli’s final T20I as the captain
India signed off from the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on a positive note on Monday as they beat Namibia by 9 wickets in their final Super 12 game, which was also Virat Kohli’s last match as T20I captain. The 2007 champions ended their campaign with 3 wins (vs Afghanistan, Scotland & Namibia) and two defeats (vs Pakistan & New Zealand) in Group 2.
Chasing a par-score of 133 for victory, Team India rode on swashbuckling half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul reach the target in 15.2 overs in Dubai. Suryakumar Yadav also played a handy knock, remaining unbeaten on 25 in the win.
Rohit top-scored with 56 off 37 balls which provided a solid platform for the rest of the Indian batsmen to cash in against an inexperienced bowling attack. The Hitman’s knock was laced with 7 fours and a couple of towering sixes.
Rohit also crossed 3000 runs in T20I cricket during his knock to join Virat Kohli (3227) and Martin Guptill (3115) in an elite list of batsmen. His fifty was his 24th in the format and second in this tournament while Rahul scored his 15th fifty.
India’s spin-twins Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin also made telling contributions in the first half of the match to help restrict the Namibians to 132 for 8 in 20 overs after Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl first for the second time in succession.
Already ousted from the tournament after losing to Pakistan and New Zealand in their first two games, India looked relaxed and the Namibians were all at sea as they are not used to playing world-class slow bowling operators of this calibre.
Jadeja (4-0-16-3) and Ashwin (4-0-20-3) took six wickets between them for 36 runs while Jasprit Bumrah grabbed a couple of scalps to make it a lop-sided contest.
With their campaign coming to an end, India will now turn focus on the home series against New Zealand, who will play 3 T20Is and 2 Tests from November 17. India’s new coaching staff, led by Rahul Dravid, will take over from Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar from this series.