Namibia scored 132 against India in the final match of the Super 12 of the T20 World Cup. Namibia fell from 33/0 to 47/4 and at one point everyone wondered if David Visa’s performance would make the team 100.
The middle overs thrown by Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin started Namibia’s decline after a good start. Openers Stephen Bard (21) and Michael Van Lingen (14) scored 33 runs in 4.4 overs before Bumra gave India a breakthrough.
Later, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin joined Namibia in the middle overs. David Visa scored 26 while Namibia scored 132 for 8.
Reuben Trumpelman (13 off 6 balls) and John Fryling (15) were the key contributors for Namibia. In the last over, Mohammad Shami hit a six and four and Trumpman came out on top.
Already ousted from the tournament after losing to Pakistan and New Zealand in their first two games, India looked relaxed and the the Namibians were all at sea as they are not used to playing world class slow bowling operators of this calibre.
Jadeja (4-0-16-3) and Ashwin (4-0-20-3) took six wickets between them for 36 runs to make it a lop-sided contest after Namibia, courtesy their opener Stephan Baard (21) and Michael van Lingen (14), had added 30-plus runs in the first four overs.
Once Van Lingen was dismissed by a short ball and extra pace from Jasprit Bumrah (4-0-19-2), the will to fight was not evident on the African nation’s batters when Jadeja and Ashwin jointly operated. Mohammed Shami (0/39 in 4 overs) was the only bowler who had an off-day.
Jadeja saw Craig Williams jumping down the track and stopped on his tracks and pitched on length to get enough away turn. Williams missed it and stood mid-pitch looking completely bamboozled.
Baard was out to a typical Jadeja arm ball, which he tried to sweep and was caught plumb in-front.
Once Jadeja got a coupe of wickets, it was Ashwin’s turn to get into action as he removed Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (5), inducing a cut, a shot that landed into slip fielder Rohit Sharma’s palms and then bowled one with the angle that cleaned up Zane Green (0). In between he also removed rival skipper Gerhard Erasmus (12).
But the highlight of India’s fielding effort was a superb diving catch by Rohit at short cover when he had roughly 0.16 seconds reaction time to pluck the ball inches above the ground to dismiss JJ Smit (9).
Namibia’s plight was understandable as they hit only eight fours and two sixes in the entire innings while consuming 58 dot balls.
Brief Scores: Namibia: 132 for 8 in 20 overs (David Wiese 26; Ravindra Jadeja 3/16, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/20).