Images from the T20 World Cup Super 12s match between Namibia and India, Dubai, on Monday.
Senior spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were just too good for Namibia’s unheralded batters, as India restricted the minnows to a modest 132 for 8 in their, inconsequential, last T20 World Cup Super 12s match, in Dubai, on Monday.
Already ousted from the tournament after losing to Pakistan and New Zealand in their first two games, India looked relaxed and the Namibians were all at sea, not accustomed 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 openers Stephan Baard (21) and Michael van Lingen (14) added 30-plus runs in the first four overs.
Once Van Lingen was dismissed by a short ball which had 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 four overs) was the only bowler who had an off-day.
Jadeja saw Craig Williams jump down the track and stopped in 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 couple of wickets, it was Ashwin’s turn to get into action as he removed Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (5), inducing a cut, the shot landing into slip fielder Rohit Sharma’s palms, and then bowled one with the angle that cleaned up Zane Green (0).
In between, he also dismissed rival skipper Gerhard Erasmus (12).
But the highlight of India’s fielding was a superb diving catch by Rohit Sharma at short cover, when he had roughly 0.16 seconds reaction time to pluck the ball inches above the ground and 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.
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
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