India bid goodbye to the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE with
a victory as Virat Kohli and co. put in another clinical performance against
Namibia to end their campaign on a high. Half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and
KL Rahul helped the Men in Blue comfortably secure the win after the spin-duo
of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets apiece to
restrict Namibia to 132.
India entered the final fixture of the Super 12 stage having
already been eliminated from the competition, but there was plenty of emotion
as this victory marked the end of the road for Virat Kohli as T20I captain and
the coaching trio of Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar as part of India’s
Having won another toss, India put Namibia in to bat at
Dubai and barring a 33-run opening stand from Stephen Baard and Michael van
Lingen it was an innings that never got going from the Eagles. Jasprit Bumrah
opened the proceedings in the fifth over with a short ball that van Lingen
directed straight to mid-off, and the wickets continued to tumble through the
middle overs as Ashwin and Jadeja weaved their magic.
The left-armer had Craig Williams stumped for a duck before
firing one into the pads to remove Stephen Baard for 21. Ashwin, on the other
hand, used his subtle changes of pace and variations to perfection. The
off-spinner induced an outside edge from Loftie-Eaton with a slower tossed up
delivery, tricked the captain Erasmus with a carrom ball before dismissing Zane
Green with one that held its line and crashed into the middle stump.