After the disappointment of missing out on a semifinal spot, India registered a thumping nine-wicket win over Namibia to sign off their ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 campaign in Dubai, UAE on Monday. The match also marked the end of a cracking Ravi Shastri-Virat Kohli era. Shastri will be replaced by Rahul Dravid as the head coach of the national team, while Rohit Sharma is expected to take over the T20 reigns, and also possibly ODI captaincy, from Kohli. Under the captaincy of Kohli and Shastri's guidance, India have stamped their authority as the top Test-playing nation. The skipper himself is often hailed as the greatest ambassador of the traditional format of the game. But India have failed to win an ICC trophy during their reign. At the historic Dubai International Stadium, Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl first in his final T20 game as the captain of the national team. Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets each to restrict Namibia to a 132/8. Then, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul hit fifties as India registered a comfortable win with 28 balls to spare. India finished Group 2 in the Super 12 stage with three wins in five, with defeats against Pakistan and New Zealand effectively ending their semi-final prospects. Namibia, in their debut outing, have impressed everyone with some fascinating cricket. Catch highlights and scores of IND vs NAM cricket match here:
10:36 PM IST: Player Of The Match
Ravindra Jadeja is the player of the match for his 3/16. And he hails India's outgoing T20 captain Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, who's stepping down as the head coach of the team.
"Virat has been a wonderful captain, and I've played with him for 10-12 years. He is always positive and aggressive and that's what you want as a player. Bharat Arun, Sridhar, and Shastri bhai were really good to support us."
10:26 PM IST: Result
Michael van Lingen returns for his second over. One leg bye and scores are tied. KL Rahul, who reached his fifty in the previous over, hits a four to long off and India win by nine wickets with 28 balls. IND - 136/1 (15.2); NAM 132/8 (20).
10:24 PM IST: 2 In 30
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton with the 15th over. Suryakumar Yadav hits the first ball for a four. Nine runs from the over. India need two runs from 30 balls. IND - 131/1 (15)
10:20 PM IST: 11 In 36
A four each for KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav as Ruben Trumpelmann concede 11 from his third over. India need 11 in 36. NAM - 122/1 (14)
10:11 PM IST: 100 Up For India
Michael van Lingen gets his first over. KL Rahul hits a four off the fourth, over square leg. Nine from the over. India need 28 runs in 48 balls. IND - 105/1 (12)
9:59 PM IST: Rohit Goes
Opening stand is broken. Rohit Sharma goes for a biggie but ends up getting a top edge and easy take for wicketkeeper Frylinck. Rohit goes for 56 off 37. Suryakumar Yadav is the new batter. IND - 86/1 (9.5)
9:51 PM IST: Rohit Fifty
Fifty for Rohit Sharma with a single off the fifth ball, in 31 balls (six fours and two sixes). Seven from JJ Smit's second over. IND - 70/0 (8)
9:43 PM IST: Powerplay Over
JJ Smit gets his first over. KL Rahul hits the second ball for a four, his first tonight, through cover point. 10 runs from the over. IND - 54/0 (6)
9:30 PM IST: Rohit Milestone
Ruben Trumpelmann continues. Rohit Sharma hits the first ball for a four, to mid-off, and with that 3000 T20I runs for the soon-to-be India captain. Nine from the over. In the previous over, David Wiese conceded 11, including a four and six, both hit by Rohit. IND - 26/0 (3)
9:19 PM IST; Chase Begins
Ruben Trumpelmann with the new ball. KL Rahul takes a single to start the chase. A dot, then Michael van Lingen drops Rohit Sharma short fine leg off the third ball, and a four to rub salt into the wound. Six from the over. India's target - 133.
8:58 PM IST: Innings Break
Mohammed Shami with the final over. Two dots, then a six over, long on as Ruben Trumpelmann connects handsomely. Then a four at long on, and KL Rahul crash lands as he goes for the catch. 13 from the over. Shami's figures: 0/39. 39 runs and a couple of wickets in the last five. NAM - 132/8 (20)
8:53 PM IST: 2/19 For Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah finishes his spell. One eventful over. Bumrah misses a direct hit to run Jan Frylinck back. Then a wicket. David Wiese (26 off 25), caught by Rohit Sharma at cover. Five runs from the over. Bumrah's figures: NAM - 2/19 (19)
8:47 PM IST: A Rare 5
Mohammed Shami returns for his third over. 12 from it, including a rare five off the fourth ball thanks to an overthrow from Ravindra Jadeja, who goes for the stumps at the striker's end. Then, a three and a couple to end the over. 38 runs in the last 30 balls for two wickets. NAM - 114/7 (18)
8:38 PM IST: Three Each For Jadeja, Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin strikes again. Zane Green (0 off 1), bowled. Two runs from his last over, for figures of 3/20. In the previous over, Ravindra Jadeja conceded three singles for a wicket. His figures: 3/16. NAM - 95/7 (16)
8:25 PM IST: Ashwin Again
Ravichandran Ashwin continues. And his second wicket. Gerhard Erasmus (12 off 20), caught behind. 34 runs and two wickets in the last 30 balls. NAM- 76/5 (12.5)
8:10 PM IST: First For Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin on with his second over. And he strikes with first ball. Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (5 off 5), caught by Rohit Sharma at slip. NAM - 47/4 (9.1)
8:03 PM IST: Second Fort Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja continues and another wicket. He's making a merry. He traps Stephan Baard in front. No review taken. Baard goes for run-a-ball 21. Seven runs from the over. NAM - 42/3 (8)
7:58 PM IST: Second Wicket
Ravindra Jadeja strikes in his first over. Craig Williams is stumped for a four-ball duck. Easy for Rishabh Pant. Gerhard Erasmus is the new man. One run and a wicket. NAM - 34/2
7:53 PM IST: First Wicket
Jasprit Bumrah strikes for India. Michael van Lingen (14 off 15), caught by Mohammed Shami mid-off. Craig Williams is the new batter. Two runs from Bumrah's second over. NAM - 33/1 (5)
7:43 PM IST: Shami, Bumrah Ineffective
Mohammed Shami continues. He starts with a wide, and Stephan Baard hits the second ball for a six, over deep mid-wicket. 10 from the over. In the previous over, Jasprit Bumrah conceded 10, including a couple of four, both hit by Michael van Lingen. NAM - 25/0 (3)
7:35 PM IST: Shami On
Mohammed Shami with the new ball. Stephan Baard takes a single off the first. A wide, one leg bye and two singles. Five from the over.
7:10 PM IST: Teams
One change each. India bring Rahul Chahar in for Varun Chakravarthy. Jan Frylinck in for Karl Birkenstock for Namibia. Here are the playing XIs -
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Namibia: Stephan Baard, Michael van Lingen, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus (c), Zane Green (wk), David Wiese, Jan Frylinck, JJ Smit, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz.
7:03 PM IST: Toss
Virat Kohli wins the toss in his final game as India T20 captain. And he opts to field first against Namibia.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy, Shardul Thakur.
Namibia: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Stephen Baard, Karl Birkenstock. Michau du Preez, Jan Frylinck, Zane Green, Nicol Lofie-Eaton, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, David Wiese, Craig Williams and Pikky Ya France.