ICC World Twenty20, 2021

India vs Namibia - Super 12 - Match 42

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 08 November 2021

India 136/1

RR: 8.87 | India beat Namibia by 9 wickets

commentary

Right then, that is all we have from this match. It's the end of the Super 12 stage of the tournament which means it's time now for the semifinals. It will be England taking on New Zealand in the first semifinal on 10th of November in Abu Dhabi. That match will start at 6 pm local time (2 pm GMT). As you all know the build-up begins a little early. Do join us for the game. Till then, take care and goodbye!

Virat Kohli, the skipper of India, says that he is relieved first of all. Says that it was an honor to captain this squad. Adds that they have performed really well and enjoyed playing with each other. Mentions that positives were the way they played the last three games and were not brave enough in the first two games. He thanks the staff to keep this group together, it was more like an extended family for the whole group. Adds that even without being the captain he will give his 120% in the field. Adds that Yadav didn't get much game time so as a young player it was an idea to push him forward and let him go back home with a good memory.

Gerhard Erasmus, the Namibian skipper, is in for a chat. On being asked about the campaign, he says, they haven’t quite been able to sulk in what has been happening around them. They will go home and realise that they played at the biggest stage of all and it will only help the game grow back home. Adds, the team will take this experience in all and will look forward to grow on it. On being asked being qualified for the next T20 World Cup, he says, it has been a great journey and will hope some youngsters pick up the game after seeing what their home side has achieved.

Ravindra Jadeja wins the Man of the Match award for his exceptional spell with the ball. He says that as a bowler as the ball was dry. Says that sometimes it was turning. Adds that Ashwin has been brilliant with the ball. Mentions that Kohli has been wonderful with his captaincy, with his aggression and also the coaching staff. They have done a tremendous job and hopes in the future whoever comes in will continue with the same passion.

Stay tuned for the presentation.

Namibia ended on the losing side yet again but they will not feel like losers at all. For a team who has been absent from the biggest stage for almost two decades, Namibia put in a lot of heart and made it a tournament to remember for themselves and their fans. They got into the Super 12s and even ended up winning a match in this stage of the tournament. Today, they were outclassed in all aspects, first by the Indian bowlers and then by the opening pair of Sharma and Rahul. Jan Frylinck did vary his pace and ended up getting a wicket but the rest of the bowling was taken to the cleaners. They will look to build on this performance and make sure they qualify for future events like the T20 World Cup.

'All's well that ends well.' This phrase is somewhat apt for Virat Kohli, the coach Ravi Shastri and this Indian team. It was Virat Kohli's final match as T20I captain and was his 50th time captaining the national side in a T20I match. The spin-twins, Ashwin and Jadeja set the tone of the match nicely. Rohit Sharma did ride his luck early on in the innings but played some delightful shots in his quickfire knock of 56 runs from just 37 deliveries. Rahul played second fiddle but whenever he got a chance, played some exquisite shots himself and ended up bringing up his half-century as well. In the end, Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav saw the team through with plenty of time to spare, a truly commanding performance.

A commanding victory for India and Virat Kohli's men end his reign on a high and finish 3rd in their group. Two teams, with different reasons to smile tonight, as Namibia also end off a memorable campaign, albeit with a loss. They did not win today but getting to roll with the big boys sure is a big thing for them.

15.2
4
Michael Van Lingen to KL Rahul, FOUR! KL Rahul finishes things off in style. On a length, around off. Rahul stays inside the crease and punches it past mid off to bag a boundary. INDIA WIN THE GAME BY 9 WICKETS.
15.1
0
Michael Van Lingen to Suryakumar Yadav, LEG BYE! A length ball, on the pads. Yadav misses his flick. The ball goes towards short fine leg off the pads. They collect a leg bye. Scores level now.

Michael Van Lingen is back on.

14.6
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Suryakumar Yadav, Floated, full and on off. Yadav pushes it through covers for a single.
14.5
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to KL Rahul, Full and on off. Rahul eases it to long on for a single. This also brings up 50 for Rahul. Great knock by him.
14.4
2
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to KL Rahul, A couple now! Flatter and short, on off. Rahul goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple.
14.3
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Suryakumar Yadav, Full and outside off, Yadav leans in and pushes it to mid off for a single.
14.2
0
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Suryakumar Yadav, On the pads, Yadav looks to flick it away but misses. The ball rolls out off the pads.
14.1
4
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR! Yadav in is a hurry to end things here. Full and outside off. Yadav stays back and slashes it through point. The ball goes through the gap and into the fence.
13.6
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Suryakumar Yadav, In the air... Safe! Back of a length, around middle and off. Yadav hangs back and looks to pull it away but does not time it well. The ball takes the outside edge and goes towards deep square leg. The ball lands in the vacant region and the batters cross for a single.
13.5
4
Ruben Trumpelmann to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR! Pulled away! Second boundary of the over. A short ball, on off.. Yadav hoicks it through mid-wicket. The ball takes a couple of bounces and goes in the fence.
13.4
0
Ruben Trumpelmann to Suryakumar Yadav, Sharp bouncer, on top of leg. Yadav comes inside the line and sways away from the line of the delivery.
13.3
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to KL Rahul, A single now! Rahul moves to 47. A length ball, around the hips. Rahul flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
13.2
4
Ruben Trumpelmann to KL Rahul, FOUR! Nicely played. Full-length ball, on off. Rahul stands tall and lifts it over the bowler's head. The ball into the boundary at long off. Straight down the ground.
13.1
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Suryakumar Yadav, Full length, outside off. Yadav plays it inside out and lifts it over point for a single.

Ruben Trumpelmann (2-0-15-0) is back on. 

12.6
0
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to KL Rahul, A dot to end the over! Flighted, full, on off. Rahul pushes it to point. A good over by Nicol Loftie-Eaton.
12.5
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Suryakumar Yadav, Floated, full, on off. Yadav eases it to long off for a single.
12.4
0
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Suryakumar Yadav, Full and outside off. Yadav looks to sweep it again but misses. The ball sneaks under the blade.
12.3
0
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Suryakumar Yadav, Loopy ball, full, on off. Yadav gets low and looks to sweep it away but misses. The ball takes the gloves and hits him on the side of the helmet.
12.2
4
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR! Lovely shot! Full, on off. Yadav comes across and scoops it over the keeper's head. The ball goes towards fine leg and into the boundary.
12.1
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to KL Rahul, Flatter, outside off. The ball turns away. Rahul stays back and punches it through point for a single.
11.6
0
Michael Van Lingen to Suryakumar Yadav, Fuller delivery, on off and this is pushed straight to covers. Just 28 runs needed now off 48 balls.
11.5
1
Michael Van Lingen to KL Rahul, Length again, just outside off. Rahul cuts it straight to backward point for one.
11.4
4
Michael Van Lingen to KL Rahul, FOUR! Wow! This is some shot from KL Rahul. On the hips and Rahul flicks it aerially using his wrists and the ball lands just in front of the square leg fence and goes over it in the end.
11.3
2
Michael Van Lingen to KL Rahul, Back of a length, around off. KL Rahul hangs back and punches it through covers. The fielder gives chase and cuts it off, keeping it to a couple. 100 is up for India.
11.2
1
Michael Van Lingen to Suryakumar Yadav, On middle and Yadav drives it on the up to long on for another single.

Michael Van Lingen is into the atack. 

11.1
1
Michael Van Lingen to KL Rahul, A length ball, on off and angling away. Rahul taps it through cover-point for one.
10.6
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to KL Rahul, A touch shorter, on middle. Rahul pulls it in front of square on the leg side for one.
10.5
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Suryakumar Yadav, And again! This time Yadav lofts it a bit squarer and gets only a single as the sweeper cover cuts it off.
10.4
4
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR! Classy shot from Suryakumar Yadav. Flighted ball, around middle. Yadav makes a bit of room and lofts it inside-out, over extra cover and picks up a boundary.
10.3
2
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Suryakumar Yadav, Short and very wide, Suryakumar Yadav goes after it and gets it past backward point. The ball looks to be running away into the fence but the fielder cuts it off and keeps it down to a brace.
10.2
0
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Suryakumar Yadav, Nicely bowled! Slowed up, on middle and Yadav defends it back to the bowler.
10.1
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to KL Rahul, Dragged down, on leg stump. Rahul rocks back and pulls it down to deep mid-wicket for a single.
9.6
1
Jan Frylinck to KL Rahul, Length ball, angled across from 'round the stumps. Rahul hangs back and cuts it to deep backward point for one.

DRINKS! Too late a wicket for Namibia? It looks like it. Just 47 needed in 61 balls. The openers have given the platform to chase it down comfortably. For Namibia, only quick wickets can change the course for them. Suryakumar Yadav joins KL Rahul in the middle.

9.5
0
Jan Frylinck to Rohit Sharma, OUT! CAUGHT! Rohit Sharma finally runs out of luck! A length ball, on off and Rohit Sharma looks to go downtown. The ball comes off the toe end of the bat and is skied towards the gully region. Zane Green, the wicket-keeper settles under it and takes a really fine catch as the ball hung in the air for a long time. End of a blistering knock from Rohit Sharma and Jan Frylinck gets the breakthrough.
9.4
1
Jan Frylinck to KL Rahul, This one is banged in, around off. Rahul pulls it down to deep mid-wicket for a single.
9.3
6
Jan Frylinck to KL Rahul, SIX! KL Rahul making it look easy! On the pads, Rahul picks it up and guides it over the backward square leg fence for a maximum.
9.2
1
Jan Frylinck to Rohit Sharma, Frylinck bowls it a touch shorter and outside off. Sharma slashes it to deep point for another one.
9.1
1
Jan Frylinck to KL Rahul, Back of a length, on middle. Rahul hangs back and pulls it in front of square for a single.

Jan Frylinck is back into the attack.

8.6
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to KL Rahul, Flighted ball, on middle. Rahul drives it down to long off for a single.
8.5
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Rohit Sharma, Full again, on middle and leg, worked to wide long on for one.
8.4
4
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! Flatter delivery, pushed wider and Rohit Sharma dances down the track and thumps it back over the bowler's head for a boundary.
8.3
0
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Rohit Sharma, Yorks Sharma yet again! Nicol Loftie-Eaton gives it air and bowls it full, around off. Sharma bunts it onto the deck.
8.2
0
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to Rohit Sharma, Nicely tossed up, really full and on middle. Sharma just about manages to keep it out.
8.1
1
Nicol Loftie-Eaton to KL Rahul, Flatter delivery, on off. Rahul makes room and drives it through mid off for a single.

Nicol Loftie-Eaton to bowl now.

7.6
1
JJ Smit to KL Rahul, On middle, on a length. Rahul hits it to long on for a single. 63 needed in 72 balls.
7.5
1
JJ Smit to Rohit Sharma, FIFTY for Rohit Sharma! His second in this tournament! Elegance personified! A slower full ball, on middle. Sharma works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
7.4
0
JJ Smit to Rohit Sharma, A full ball, outside off. Sharma gets on his knee and tries to sweep-scoop it over 45 but does not connect.
7.3
0
JJ Smit to Rohit Sharma, On a length, on middle. Sharma clears his front leg and tries to heave it but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
7.2
4
JJ Smit to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! Easy pickings! A length ball, angling on the pads. Rohit Sharma tickles it fine to the fine leg fence. He moves to 49 now.
7.1
1
JJ Smit to KL Rahul, Length and on middle, eased down to long on for one.
6.6
4
Jan Frylinck to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! Boundary off the last ball! A length ball, on middle. Rohit Sharma gets underneath the ball and pulls it over square leg for a boundary. He moves to 45.
6.5
1
Jan Frylinck to KL Rahul, On a length, on middle, drilled down to long on for a single.
6.4
1
Jan Frylinck to Rohit Sharma, Short again but this time it was slower. Sharma pulls it late and towards square leg for one more.
6.3
1
Jan Frylinck to KL Rahul, Short ball, outside off. Rahul pulls it to deep mid-wicket who collects it on a bounce. A single.
6.2
1
Jan Frylinck to Rohit Sharma, On a length, outside off. Sharma bunts it to square leg and rotates the strike.
6.1
1
Jan Frylinck to KL Rahul, A length ball, on middle. Rahul flicks it aerially and towards mid-wicket for one.

Jan Frylinck is inserted into the attack now.

5.6
1
JJ Smit to KL Rahul, Darted on the pads. This is flicked to square leg for a single. At the end of the Powerplay, India are 54/0. 79 runs needed in 84 balls.
5.5
2
JJ Smit to KL Rahul, In the air but safe! A full ball, outside off. Rahul toe ends this one in the air and over covers where the ball drops safely. A couple.
5.4
1
JJ Smit to Rohit Sharma, A length ball, on middle. Sharma skips down and tries to heave but gets inner half of his bat to deep mid-wicket. One.
5.3
1
JJ Smit to KL Rahul, On a length, on middle, nudged to mid-wicket for a single. 50 up for India. They are off to a flier.
5.2
4
JJ Smit to KL Rahul, FOUR! Classic Rahul shot! A length ball, outside off. KL Rahul stays back and punches it through covers for a boundary.
5.1
1
JJ Smit to Rohit Sharma, A slower ball, full and on middle. Sharma flicks it to deep square leg for a single.

A change from both ends now as JJ Smit is brought into the attack.

4.6
1
Bernard Scholtz to Rohit Sharma, Sharma retains the strike! A short ball outside off, tucked away to square leg for a single.
4.5
0
Bernard Scholtz to Rohit Sharma, Again goes for the big heave but this time gets an inside edge onto the pads.
4.4
6
Bernard Scholtz to Rohit Sharma, SIX! Humongous by Sharma! A full ball, on middle. Rohit Sharma comes down the track and heaves it way, way over mid-wicket for a biggie.
4.3
0
Bernard Scholtz to Rohit Sharma, A full ball, on middle. Sharma defends it out.
4.2
4
Bernard Scholtz to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! Cut away! A short ball, wide outside off. Rohit Sharma cuts it through covers and the ball races away to the fence.

Gerhard Erasmus has taken the review for an LBW decision. UltraEdge confirms that there's no bat involved. Ball Tracking shows that the impact is outside off and onfield decision of NOT OUT stays. Namibia lose a review as well.

4.1
0
Bernard Scholtz to Rohit Sharma, NOT OUT! A flatter ball, around off. Rohit Sharma gets on his knee and tries to sweep but misses and gets hit high on the elbow. An appeal for LBW but not given. They take the review. No bat there. Ball Tracker shows impact was outside off and the on-field decision stays. Namibia lose their review.

Bernard Scholtz comes into the attack now.

3.6
0
David Wiese to KL Rahul, Four dots to end the over. A good comeback by Wiese after getting hit for a maximum. Slower, length ball, on off. Rahul plays it back to the bowler.
3.5
0
David Wiese to KL Rahul, A length ball, on top of off. Rahul defends it out watchfully.
3.4
0
David Wiese to KL Rahul, Length ball, outside off. The ball dies off the wicket. Rahul looks to chase it but misses.
3.3
0
David Wiese to KL Rahul, Good length, outside off, Rahul reaches out and slashes it to cover.
3.2
6
David Wiese to KL Rahul, SIX! BANG! Rahul gets into the party now. A length ball, around middle and leg. Rahul hangs back and powers it over the square leg fence for a biggie.
3.1
1
David Wiese to Rohit Sharma, Length, on the pads. Sharma flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
2.6
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Rohit Sharma, Short ball, on off. Sharma stays back, swivels and pulls it to deep square leg. The ball meets the fielder on a bounce. The batters take a single.
2.5
2
Ruben Trumpelmann to Rohit Sharma, Full length, on off. Sharma clips it through mid-wicket. The batters pick two comfortably.
2.4
2
Ruben Trumpelmann to Rohit Sharma, Fuller, on off. Sharma flicks it above mid on and gets a couple.
2.3
0
Ruben Trumpelmann to Rohit Sharma, SHORT! So close! Everytime Sharma mistimes, the ball falls short every single time. Back of a length, around middle. Sharma looks to pull it away. The ball lobs and goes towards mid-wicket off the bottom end. The fielder dives forward but does not get his hands on it.
2.2
0
Ruben Trumpelmann to Rohit Sharma, Fuller, on off, a bit of inswing this time. Sharma blocks it back to the bowler.
2.1
4
Ruben Trumpelmann to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! Sharma is on the charge now! He gets his third boundary. Full-length, on off. Sharma stands tall and lifts it past mid off. The ball races away to the fence for a boundary. This also gets him to 3000 T20I runs.
1.6
1
David Wiese to Rohit Sharma, On a length, outside off. Sharma guides it down to third man for a single. A good over for India. 11 runs off it.
1.5
6
David Wiese to Rohit Sharma, SIX! All the way! Sharma just uses the angle this time. Back of a length, on the bodyline. Sharma stays back and powers it over the square leg fence for a biggie.
1.4
0
David Wiese to Rohit Sharma, In the air...Safe! A length ball, on off. Sharma hangs back and throws his bat at it. His one hands comes off the blade. The ball goes towards mid on and lands in a vacant area. He gets lucky yet again.
1.3
4
David Wiese to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! Nicely played. Sharma gets his second boundary of the chase. This time he connects much better. A length ball, on off. Sharma makes room and lifts it over extra cover and bags a boundary.
1.2
0
David Wiese to Rohit Sharma, Another dot now! Fuller, on off. Sharma blocks it back to the bowler.
1.1
0
David Wiese to Rohit Sharma, Length ball, on the pads. Sharma tucks it to the leg side.

Who will bowl from the other end? It's going to be David Wiese.

0.6
0
Ruben Trumpelmann to KL Rahul, A dot to end the over! Ruben Trumpelmann with a tidy over to start with. Full length, outside off. Rahul leans in and drives it to cover, but could not find the gap.
0.5
0
Ruben Trumpelmann to KL Rahul, Length ball, on off. Rahul defends it out solidly.
0.4
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Rohit Sharma, A length ball, on the pads. Sharma flicks it to square leg for a single.
0.3
4
Ruben Trumpelmann to Rohit Sharma, DROPPED AND FOUR! This was close. Rohit could've gone back on a duck. Back of a length, around middle and leg. Sharma flicks it aerially towards short fine leg. The fielder gets low to his right, gets his hands to it. But the ball goes through him and into the fence for a boundary. Sharma got lucky this time.
0.2
0
Ruben Trumpelmann to Rohit Sharma, BEATEN! Beautifully bowled. On a length, outside off. The ball nips away a bit. Sharma looks to defend it inside the line but misses.
0.1
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to KL Rahul, KL Rahul and India are off the mark straightaway! Ruben Trumpelmann starts with a full-length ball, on the pads. Rahul clips it through square leg for a single.