India beat Namibia by nine wickets to end their ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 journey on a high. After having decided to bowl first, India restricted Namibia to just 132/8 with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja causing the damage. The two spinners combined for six wickets (three wickets each) while conceding just 36 runs.
Meanwhile, it was another forgetful night for Mohammed Shami as he went wicketless and conceded 39 runs in his four overs. Apart from Shami and Rahul Chahar, none of the bowlers conceded runs in access of five runs per over. David Wiese, with 26 runs, was the top scorer for Namibia while Stephan Baard scored 21.
India started the second innings on the front foot, with the openers combining for 54 runs in the powerplay overs. Rohit Sharma scored the half-century in 31 deliveries and KL Rahul followed suit after the 34-year-old was dismissed. The win ended India's run at the T20 World Cup 2021 as they finish third in Super 12 Group 2, after leaders Pakistan and second-placed New Zealand.
"As a bowler, I did enjoy bowling today," said tonight's Man of the Match, Ravindra Jadeja.
"The ball was dry so I enjoyed bowling with a dry ball. Some balls were turning, some were going straight, so that's also a trick, the batsman has to keep on guessing. (on Ashwin) I'm enjoying bowling with him, I've been playing with him since 10 years. He's doing wonderfully with the white ball, did it in IPL also. Virat has been wonderful with the captaincy, and I've played with him for 10-12 years too.
"I always enjoyed his captaincy. He's positive and aggressive that's what you want as a player. (On the departing support staff) They have done a great job as supporting staff for 7-8 years and we've enjoyed being with them."
The next assignment for India is New Zealand's visit for three T20Is and two Tests. The series starts on November 17 with the first T20I scheduled to be played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Take a look at how the match panned out.
India end T20 World Cup 2021 journey with a win
And that's the winning run. India have defeated Namibia by nine wickets to end their T20 World Cup 2021 journey with a win.
Openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma both scored half-century while Suryakumar Yadav chipped in with 25 runs off just 19 balls.
David Weise: 26 runs off 25 balls
Stephan Baard: 21 runs off 21 balls
Ravindra Jadeja: 3/16
Ravichandran Ashwin: 3/20
KL Rahul: 54 runs off 36 balls
Rohit Sharma: 56 runs off 37 balls
Jan Frylinck: 1/19
India edging closer to victory
India are inching towards victory after every passing over. They have lost a solitary wicket so far and KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav have built a stable partnership since.
India: 122/1 after 14 overs.
WICKET! Rohit Sharma departs
Big wicket for Namibia as Rohit Sharma departs after scoring 56 off just 37 balls. Jan Frylinck the bowler who gives his team an important breakthrough.
The Indian opener loops a mistimed shot high in the air and keeper Zane Green takes the catch with ease.
India: 87/1 after 10 overs.
Half century for Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma completes his half-century in 31 deliveries. That's his second fifty in the tournament and 24th in Twenty20 internationals.
Beautiful innings from the hitman.
India: 70/0 after eight overs.
End of powerplay overs
That's the end of powerplay overs and India are on a roll. The two openers have put 54 runs on the board with Rohit Sharma scoring 39 off 24 balls while Rahul accumulating 15 off 12 deliveries.
India: 54/0 after six overs
Another milestone for Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma has just completed 3000 runs in T20 internationals, becoming only the third player to reach the milestone. This is where he stands:
1. 3227 - Virat Kohli
2. 3115 - Martin Guptill
3. 3000 - Rohit Sharma*
4. 2603 - Aaron Finch
Rohit Sharma survives
Rohit Sharma has the luck of gold! The Indian opener survives as Van Lingen drops his catch at short fine. India could have lost an early wicket but Rohit Sharma has survived.
The result is usual. He has hit a boundary and a six since.
India: 17/0 after two overs.
And this happened...
That's it for Namibia!
A beautiful final over for Namibia as 13 runs came off it. The minnows of T20 World Cup 2021 have put 132/8 in 20 overs against might India.
A beautiful display by the Indian spinners and Namibia had moments of magic too, especially in the final over against Mohammed Shami.
Namibia: 132/8 after 20 overs
WICKET! Second wicket for Jasprit Bumrah
David Wiese departs after scoring 26 important runs for Namibia. The 36-year-old falls to the excellence of Jasprit Bumrah after hitting a poorly timed shot. Wiese took a few steps to come out of the crease but loops his shot high in the air. Rohit Sharma comes underneath the ball and takes a simple catch.
Namibia: 119/8 after 19 overs