Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Bittersweet Monday evening awaits eliminated India. Kohli will end his tenure as India's T20I captain with this fixture.
Kohli will end his tenure as India's T20I captain with this fixture.
It was fun while it lasted. India's World Cup has had everything – early reality checks, NRR pumping wins, and eventually the anxious wait for Afghanistan to do them a favour. There was a real chance of India earning a shot at easily one of the most dramatic turnarounds in a big event, but that was not to be. Not on Kane Williamson's watch.
Instead now, they're headed towards a bittersweet Monday evening. India's league-stage exit is their weakest performance in an ICC event since 2012, and their last outing marks Virat Kohli's final game as T20I captain. Even he'd agree his best days as skipper have come in white flannels, but the occasion brings with it a sense of ending, and perhaps an unfulfilled one.
Emotions are likely to run high in the opposition camp too, who have exceeded expectations in the Super 12s. It took a superlative effort from Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus against Ireland to even bring them to the big-boys' table, but since then they've shown that they belong.
Head coach Pierre de Bruyn took pride in his team for pushing the limits even against better sides, and in the post-match respect his scrappy bunch of players earned from two of the title contenders – Pakistan and New Zealand. Monday will bring down the curtains on their roller-coaster ride too, hopefully not without one final punch above their weight.
When: India vs Namibia, Super 12 Group 2, November 8, 18:00 Local, 19:30 IST
Where: Dubai International Stadium
What to expect: Much of the same trend that India's bowling coach Bharat Arun is not on board with. “Toss should not be of any consequence in a short format like this,” he declared, but that's just not been possible in the evening games in Dubai as batting second has been clearly advantageous.
T20I head to head: This will be India's first T20I encounter against Namibia. The only other time they faced each other was in the 50-over World Cup of 2003.
Injured/Unavailable: There are no reported injuries for this game. But with New Zealand taking away the significance of this fixture, it could bring an opportunity for the only squad member without game time in the tournament – Rahul Chahar.
Tactics & Match-ups: Going hard at the top with the bat has been a revelation for this team in the last two encounters. They'll want to do more of that to cap off their otherwise disappointing campaign
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav/Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy/Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami/Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Injured/Unavailable: Jan Frylinck missed Namibia's noon game against New Zealand on Friday due to dehydration. He should be fit and ready to return.
Tactics & Match-ups: Namibia have been heavily reliant on their pacers, with three of their four best performers in the Super 12s being left-arm quicks. Tall and strapping Ruben Trumpelmann could particularly ruffle a few feathers early against India's openers if there's some swing on offer for him. Namibia's only Super 12 win – over Scotland – was orchestrated by Trumpelmann's early burst in the PowerPlay.
Probable XI: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
Did You Know:
– This is the first time since the T20 WC of 2012 that India have exited an ICC tournament before the knockouts.
– No other side in the Super 12 has relied on their seam attack as much as Namibia, with their quicks bowling about 74% of the total overs.
What They Said:
“I'm not trying to give any excuses, but I think the toss plays a very vital role in a match like this, which I think shouldn't – the toss shouldn't be of any consequence. But here the toss gives a very undue advantage. And that's the reason why — it's a huge change between batting in the first innings and batting in the second innings. That shouldn't be the case in a very short format like this.” – Bharat Arun
“We need to be better in certain areas. Especially at the death. We hold on for 80 percent of our innings with the ball – we scrap and we fight but we've got to execute our plans in a little bit more of a brave way. We've got death plans, we've got the skills to hit the yorker, we've trained it for two years and I think for me the bowlers need to go back tomorrow to that area because that's an area where you're always going to be under the pump. Tomorrow the big goal for us is to make sure that in the death that we execute our plans.” – Pierre de Bruyn