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T20 WC: India out with a thumping win over Namibia

Highlights:

  • India’s final match in T20 World Cup, Kohli’s last match as captain and Shastri’s last match as coach
  • India won the toss and elected to bowl, Namibia lost 8 wickets for 202 runs at the end of 20 overs.
  • Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul scored brilliant half-centuries for India, India won by 9 wickets

India is out of T20 World Cup. After losing two consecutive matches against New Zealand and Pakistan, the road to the semi-finals became difficult for India. And then after defeating Afghanistan to New Zealand, the journey of T20 World Cup came to an end for India. Then today India won the group stage final match against Namibia. This was the last match between Kohli as captain and Shastri as coach. In the match against Namibia, India won the toss and decided to bowl first. The aggressive bowling of Jadeja and Ashwin brought the Namibian team to its knees. At the end of 20 overs, Namibia scored 132 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Chasing the target of 133 runs, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul scored brilliant half-centuries for the Indian team. With the help of which India scored 136 runs in 15.2 overs and won by 9 wickets.

India’s innings:

India’s openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma got off to a good start chasing 133 runs. Rohit Sharma appeared in aggressive form. Rohit also achieved a big achievement today. Rohit Sharma has scored 3000 runs in T20 Internationals. Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 56 runs in 37 balls with the help of 7 fours and 2 sixes. KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 54 off 36 balls with the help of 4 fours and 2 sixes. Suryakumar Yadav also remained unbeaten on 25 runs in 19 balls with the help of four fours. And with this, India won by 9 wickets in 15.2 overs by making 136 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. In this way, with this victory, India is now out of the World Cup. This was Kohli’s last match as captain and Shastri’s last as coach.

Afghanistan innings:

Elected to bat after losing the toss, Afghanistan started with Stephen Bard and Michael van Lingen. But the Afghan batsmen fell on their knees in front of the aggressive bowling of the Indian bowlers who had returned to form. Stephen Bard was dismissed for 21 runs in 21 balls with the help of 1 four and 1 six. When Michael got out for 14 runs. Jadeja then sent Craig Williams to the pavilion for 0 runs. Captain Gerhard Erasmus was dismissed for 12, while Jan Nicol Lofty was dismissed for 5. David Weiss was the top scorer with 26 runs. JJ Smith was out for 9 and Jane Green was out for 0. Jan Frylink remained unbeaten on 15 while Ruben Trapelmann remained unbeaten on 13.

Virat Kohli’s reaction in the final match

Virat Kohli won the toss and said, ‘It was an honor to be the captain of Team India and I gave my best. The shorter format has given way to the longer format. I am very grateful for this opportunity. And now it’s time to move on to the next players. Rohit is the best for this and his Indian cricket is in good hands. And today Rahul Chahar has been given place in the team instead of Varun Chakraborty.

Coach Ravi Shastri’s reaction in the last match

So in the final match, coach Ravi Shastri said that the journey so far has been interesting. When I took the job, I decided in my heart that I wanted to do something different here and believe I made a difference. Sometimes in life, it doesn’t matter what you have achieved, it matters what you have achieved. Over the past five years, the team has played matches in all formats around the world, and has emerged as the greatest team in the world apart from its position here (T20 World Cup). And I have no doubt about it. It’s a pity that we got out of this tournament. And with the experience of Rahul Dravid, the team will continue to grow. Virat Kohli has done a great job, and has been Test cricket’s biggest brand ambassador over the last five years. I’m mentally exhausted, and maybe it’s because of age. These players are mentally and physically exhausted for the last six months due to other conditions including bio bubble. We wanted a big time between the IPL and the T20 World Cup. We didn’t try to win here because the X factor was missing.

Namibian Team: Stephen Byrd, Michael van Lingen, Craig Williams, Gerhard Eramus (c), Jane Green (wk), David Weiss, Jane Frylink, JJ Smith, Jane Nicole Lofty-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelman, Bernard Duko

Indian Team: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin. Rahul Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

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