India crushes Namibia and withdraws from T20 World Cup in style

India beat Namibia by nine wickets in the final match of the Super 12 stage at the ICC Men’s World Cup T20 2021.

India finished their World Cup high with a landslide nine-pitch victory over Namibia in the final Super 12 game of the tournament.

India finishes the World Cup on top with a landslide nine-pitch victory over Namibia in the final Super 12 game of the tournament
By Web Desk November 08, 2021
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India beat Namibia by nine wickets in the final match of the Super 12 stage at the ICC Men’s World Cup T20 2021.

India finished their World Cup high with a landslide nine-pitch victory over Namibia in the final Super 12 game of the tournament.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin did much of the damage on the ball after Virat Kohli won the draw in his final match as T20I captain, with the pair taking three wickets apiece to restrict Namibia to 132/8.

And half a century of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul helped India reach their goal with 28 balls to spare to give outgoing head coach Ravi Shastri a winning farewell.

Both teams knew there was no chance of reaching the World Cup semi-finals, with the tournament’s four finalists already confirmed as Pakistan, England, New Zealand and Australia.

But that didn’t stop a high-quality match in Dubai, with India showing their quality against a Namibian side that have impressed for the past three weeks.

Previously, starters Stephan Baard and Michael van Lingen had got Namibia going with a starting pitch of 33, before van Lingen fell in the fifth to Jasprit Bumrah.

The introduction of Jadeja helped India regain control, as the spinner took a wicket in each of his first two overs to eliminate first Baard for a run-a-ball 21 and then Craig Williams for a duck.

And Ashwin kept the momentum going when he lured Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton into a risky cut that he dodged outright, with Namibia restricted to 51/4 at the midpoint of innings.

Captain Gerhard Erasmus and the dangerous David Wiese sought to rebuild innings through the intermediate overs, with Erasmus falling a sober 12v20 to Ashwin.

And the Jadeja-Ashwin double act continued to tie up Namibia, with both picking up more wickets to prevent the half-powerful order from doing any damage, Jadeja depicting JJ Smit and Ashwin brilliantly throwing Zane Green.

The pair finished with a combined 6/36 of their eight overs.

Bumrah came back in death to account for Wiese just as he was preparing to unleash, the off-roader dropped 26 for 25.

But some big shots from Ruben Trumpelmann in the final over helped Namibia to a respectable 132/8 at interval.

Rahul and Rohit’s initial partnership evolved into Namibia’s attack via Powerplay, with Sharma dominating the strike and scoring, rushing to his half century on just 31 balls.

But Sharma’s shocking blow came to an end on the penultimate ball of the 10th round when he overcame a Jan Frylinck catch that was taken by the keeper.

However, Suryakumar Yadav, promoted to number three, simply kept the score going with a graceful 25 * against 19.

And Rahul followed in his starting partner’s footsteps by serving 50 of his own, his third of the tournament, hitting the benchmark in just 35 balls before hitting the winning runs to finish undefeated with 54.

India’s blows to Afghanistan, Scotland and now Namibia were not enough to amend the first losses to Pakistan and New Zealand, as Virat Kohli’s tenure as patron ended in the Super 12 stage.

But the overall quality of Monday’s display suggested that India’s T20 team, which will be led by Rahul Dravid instead of coach Shastri, will be among the favorites for the next World Cup in Australia a year from now.

India thrash Namibia to bow out of T20 World Cup in style