IND vs NAM Highlights, T20 World Cup Updates: Fifties from Rahul, Rohit lead India to nine-wicket win over Namibia

India vs Namibia, T20 World Cup 2021: Get the live cricket score, commentary and highlights of NAM vs IND from the Dubai International Stadium.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in action against Namibia.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Welcome to the highlights of the T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 match between India and Namibia. This was Santadeep Dey, bringing you all the action as it unfolded at the Dubai International Stadium.




"As a bowler I enjoyed the game, the ball was dry and that is always good for a spinner. Some turned and some didn't so the batsman had to keep guessing. I enjoy bowling with him (Ashwin). I've been playing with Ashwin for 10 years, he's played well in the IPL with the white ball, and he's brought that here. Virat has been a wonderful captain, and I've played with him for 10-12 years as well. He looks positive and aggressive and that's what you want. Bharat Arun, Sri bhai, and Ravi bhai were really good to support us, and whoever comes next, we'll look to continue the momentum."



IND 136/1 in 15.2 overs: The scores are level with a leg bye. Rahul finishes off in style with a slap down the ground for four. It is the end of an era. End of the Kohli-Shastri era.

IND 131/1 in 15 overs: Suryakumar creams one through deep backward point for four. Rahul moves to 49 with a double. And a fifty it is - third in this tournament - off 35 deliveries. Should get done in the very next over with only two runs to get.

IND 122/1 in 14 overs: Trumpelmann's back. Rahul goes downtown. Clears the infield and four it'll be. Two bounces and into the fence - Suryakumar gets a boundary for himself. India is in a hurry to finish things off!

IND 111/1 in 13 overs: A cheeky SKY special! Scooped fine for four. Loftie-Eaton is probably left wondering what more he could have done.

IND 105/1 in 12 overs: van Lingen to bowl his first. Rahul picks up the gap off the third delivery but the mid-off fielder does well to chase it down. The 100's up. Four! A helicopter-ish whip over square leg by Rahul.

IND 96/1 in 11 overs: Baard saves two precious runs with an excellent bit of fielding in the deep. A beautiful inside out shot over extra cover gets Suryakumar his first boundary. That had four written all over it, the moment the bat made contact with the ball.

IND 87/1 in 10 overs: A wristy lift from Rahul sees the ball vanish into the stands near the shorter boundary on the leg-side. A wicket for Frylinck! The slower ball skims off the bottom of the bat of Rohit and the 'keeper does the job for Namibia. Time for a short drinks break. In a surprising move, Suryakumar joins Rahul instead of skipper Kohli.

IND 77/0 in 9 overs: Rohit goes over the bowler's head. Uses his feet and the flatter delivery has disappeared in no time. An otherwise decent over for Namibia.

IND 70/0 in 8 overs: Smit fires one into Rohit's pads and with the fine leg within the 30-yard circle, it makes the India opener's job easy. Four more. Fifty up for Rohit off 31 balls - his second in T20 WC 2021.

IND 63/0 in 7 overs: Frylinck into the attack. He mixes it up well - the slower bouncer, the short and fast, the length ball - to not give enough to the batters to work with. Ends off with a leg-side delivery, however, to get punished by Rohit. Four!

IND 54/0 in 6 overs: Smit to bowl his first, from round the wicket. Rahul gets into the act now - power and elegance combined as he drills through the cover point region. The third back-to-back fifty partnership is up for the duo and the required rate is now below 6 an over.

IND 44/0 in 5 overs: Namibia goes for the players' review for Rohit's scalp. Rohit gets down on a knee but misses the line of Scholtz's left-arm spin; hits him on the arm. Umpire's decision has been vindicated as the impact is found to be outside off. Four! Cut through point by Rohit. A cracking sound of the bat as he steps out next to go all the way. Uses his body weight to get his power through the ball. Effortless from the Indian vice-captain.

IND 33/0 in 4 overs: Stand and deliver. KL pulls and pulls hard. Six over deep mid-wicket! Good comeback from Wiese who fires in four dots after the humongous 82m maximum.

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IND 26/0 in 3 overs: Rohit welcomes Trumpelmann with a boundary straight down the ground. That brings up his 3000* runs in T20Is. Rohit gets a lifeline again as a miscued pull lands short of the mid-wicket fielder.

IND 17/0 in 2 overs: Wiese into the attack. Rohit finds his groove! Wiese offers some room and Rohit lofts him over extra cover for four. He mistimes the pull and nearly gifts his wicket next ball. Wiese tails the ball in and baang! Rohit shoves it away for SIX!

IND 6/0 in 1 over: KL sets off with a flick to square leg. Rohit is dropped second ball, goodness me! Trumpelmann sets up the incoming delivery on length to Rohit's thighs. Rohit attempts to flick it down leg but sends the ball straight to short fine leg who lets the ball straight through his hands for four.

We're back for the chase. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma at the crease for India. Trumpelmann with the new ball.



NAM 132/8 in 20 overs: Smoked outta here! Into the slot and Trumpelmann goes exploring the distance over long-on. Four now. KL Rahul, at long-on, puts his money on the line, however, on this occasion. Marvellous effort but it slips through. Suryakumar keeps the last delivery down to a single, even as it almost spun past him.

NAM 119/8 in 19 overs: Run out opportunity missed. Bumrah sticks his right hand out to grab the ball, even as Frylinck was way out of the crease. Has a shy at the sticks but misses. Rohit pouches another! Wiese digs out a yorker and it balloons over to extra cover.

NAM 114/7 in 18 overs: Mohammad Shami, India's designated death-overs specialist is in. Starts off with a fiery yorker which has been worked away towards deep square leg for a single. Four overthrows! A rocket throw from Jadeja and there was nobody backing up. Pant was miles away as well.

NAM 102/7 in 17 overs: Streaky! Four leg byes through a vacant fine leg area as the 100 comes up for Namibia.

NAM 95/7 in 16 overs: Ashwin to bowl out. The Zingers light up! Looped up again and there is just enough turn on this to leave Green flummoxed. Frylinck saunters in and gets off the mark straightaway. Ash finishes with an impressive 3/20.

NAM 93/6 in 15 overs: Caught! Rohit Sharma puts in a brilliant dive at cover to get rid of Smit. Jadeja has another. This is Rohit's 43rd catch in T20Is. He is India's leading catch-taker in the format. Green comes to the crease.

NAM 90/5 in 14 overs: Rahul Chahar oversteps. Worse, he has been hammered through point for four. Wiese doesn't get hold of the free hit and India just manages to get away with that one. Edged and just past Rohit... AGAIN! Four more.

NAM 77/5 in 13 overs: Freebie for Namibia! A carrom ball from Ashwin and this has missed everybody to go down leg-side to the fence. Five wides. Softest of dismissals, these, as the Namibia skipper departs, caught behind.

NAM 67/4 in 12 overs: Excellent running between the wickets. Wiese hasn't hit it too hard and that buys him enough time to retake strike.

NAM 62/4 in 11 overs: Rahul is pitching it short. There's quite a bit of turn on offer. But that won't deter Erasmus from going over the top, through mid-wicket. Four runs. Four more, as an edge rolls down through the slip region. Lucky! The slip fielder had just been removed.

NAM 51/4 in 10 overs: Ashwin's back and how! Slow, flighted and edged straight to Rohit at slip. Loftie-Eaton is back in the hut. "Easy as Sunday morning," goes Daren Sammy from the comms. Time for a drinks break. Wiese is in. Gets a couple with a flick off his pads. So close! Wiese is left shell-shocked. Pushed this through, has Ashwin, and he gets beaten fair and square.

NAM 47/3 in 9 overs: Loftie-Eaton and Erasmus run a deft single. Erasmus decides it is all or nothing as he unleashes the slog against the turn; beaten. He lets out a cry in frustration.

NAM 42/3 in 8 overs: Four! Baard gets down on one knee to pull it through backward square leg. Namibia goes upstairs after the umpire adjudges Baard LBW. The giant screen shows three reds. Namibia loses a review. Would have crashed onto top of middle and leg.

NAM 35/2 in 7 overs: Baard heaves a sigh of relief as the ball dips just short of Rohit at slip. Rahul Chahar finishes a tight first over. Just a run off it.

NAM 34/2 in 6 overs: Jadeja to bowl one of his 'blink-and-you-miss' overs. Namibia loses another as Craig charges in early and misses all of it. Pant whips the bails off. Does a brief pause before lighting the stumps up - MS Dhoni flashback vs Mashrafe Mortaza anyone?

NAM 33/1 in 5 overs: Bumrah to bowl from the other end. Comes round the wicket for van Lingen. Bumrah strikes! van Lingen holes out to Shami at mid-off. Craig is in after having a lengthy conversation with van Lingen near the ropes.

NAM 31/0 in 4 overs: Spin introduced with Ashwin to do the honours. van Lingen shimmies down the track to take on Ashwin but messes up the timing; will pick up a couple nevertheless.

NAM 25/0 in 3 overs: Shami starts off with a wide. A much better, fuller second ball which has been pushed back past Shami towards mid-off. SIX! The first of the contest. Baard tees off. Uses the pace on this length ball to make it land 78m away towards deep mid-wicket. This is a great start from Namibia.

NAM 15/0 in 2 overs: Bumrah comes into the attack. Starts off with a beamer, which has deflected off van Lingen towards fine leg for a leg-bye. Another full toss, a ball later and this time van Lingen has driven this beautifully through long-off for four. Hoicked towards leg-side again and the 24-year-old van Lingen ends the over on a high with another boundary.

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NAM 5/0 in 1 over: The Indian Cricket Team is wearing black armbands today to pay their tributes to Dronacharya Awardee and widely respected coach Shri Tarak Sinha, who sadly passed away on Saturday. Baard gets off the mark courtesy a thick outside edge. The second ball strays down leg for wide. van Lingen's up and running as well.

Michael van Lingen and Stephen Baard to open for Namibia. Mohammad Shami has the new ball in hand.

- 7:25 PM IST: Time for the national anthems. Namibia is up first.


India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami

Namibia: Stephen Baard, Michael van Lingen, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus (c), Zane Green (w), David Wiese, Jan Frylinck, JJ Smit, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz


Virat Kohli, India captain: We will bowl first. The tosses have been a big factor. It's been an honour to captain India and I've done my best. The shortest format has to give way for the longest format. I've been grateful for the opportunity. It's time for the next lot to take the team forward. Rohit (Sharma) has been looking on. Indian cricket is in good hands. Rahul Chahar comes in for Varun Chakaravarthy.

Gerhard Erasmus, Namibia skipper: It's a good opportunity to go up against arguably the world's best side, and for our batsmen to go up against that bowling line-up of theirs. It was a big thing to get through the group stages. Frylinck comes into the side today, he's fit to go.


India wins toss and opts to bowl.


"The wicket is absolutely beautiful - nice, hard and compact. The ball will go through beautifully. Bat or ball first, it wouldn't matter. The only advantage batting second will be the dew because it will be harder to hold the ball," reckons Shane Watson.


The Indian cricket team cancelled its optional practice session at the ICC Academy on Sunday, after New Zealand's victory over Afghanistan in its last Super 12 game in Abu Dhabi.

The Kiwis ended India's thin chance to qualify for the semifinals of the T20 World Cup. And on Monday, Virat Kohli’s final assignment as captain of the T20I side will end on a disappointing note even if India mauls Namibia to finish third in the group of six.

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The game at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium will still be significant. A victory for India will be a farewell gift to the outgoing coaches - head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R. Sridhar.

Shastri will hand over the reins to Rahul Dravid.

It will be a perfect opportunity for Kohli to pass on the captaincy baton to the man who would lead the side in the next T20 World Cup. While the selectors are yet to announce the squad, India’s new T20I captain could be unveiled at the time of the toss on Monday.

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If the selectors and the leadership group has identified Chahar as the primary wrist-spinner for the next World Cup, he deserves a chance in this rubber.

- Amol Karhadkar


India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Virat Kohli (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami

Namibia: Stephen Baard, Michael van Lingen, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Zane Green (wk), Jan Frylinck, Bernard Scholtz

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Wicketkeeper – Zane Green

Batters – Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Michael van Lingen

All-rounders – Ravindra Jadeja (vc), David Wiese, JJ Smit

Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah (vc), Mohammed Shami, Rubel Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz

Team Composition: IND 6:5 NAM Credits left: 0.5


India (98%)


India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami

Reserves: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Axar Patel; Mentor: MS Dhoni

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, Pikky Ya France

Reserves: Mauritius Ngupita


The India vs Namibia match will be aired LIVE on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Telugu and Star Sports 1 Kannada. The match will also be live streamed on Hotstar.