Scotland beaten by Namibia at the T20 World Cup – .

Scotland beaten by Namibia at the T20 World Cup – .

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Abu Dhabi
Ecosse 109-8 (20 overs) : Bail 44 (27); Trumpelmann 3-17, Frylinck 2-10
Namibie 115-6 (19,1 overs): Smit 32* (23), Leask 2-12
Namibia won by four wickets

Namibia held their own as they beat Scotland by four wickets in the final of a tense Super 12 match at the Men’s T20 World Cup.

Namibia, who like Scotland are entering this stadium for the first time, stammered in their 110 chase but snuck home with five balls to lose in Abu Dhabi.

They were 67-4 at one point and their score came to a halt as two more wickets fell late, but JJ Smit hit 32 unbeaten on 23 balls to seal the win with a point six over.

Scotland were marred by a horror start with the bat before limping to 109-8, thanks in large part to Michael Leask’s 27 balls 44.

George Munsey was knocked down by the first ball of the game and Scotland were 2-3 when Ruben Trumpelmann took two more wickets in the opener.

Humiliated by Afghanistan In their opening Super 12 match, Scotland face New Zealand, India and Pakistan in their final Group 2 matches.

Namibia had never won a World Cup match before this tournament, but can now add that triumph to the historic victories against the Netherlands and Ireland which took them to the qualifying round.

Namibia innovates

Namibia entered the match as a slight underdog, ranked 16th in the world against 12th for Scotland, but, despite swinging with the bat, ended the match by posing for photos after another historic victory.

When their captain Gerhard Erasmus was knocked down by left arm spinner Leask and opener Craig Williams was slammed into the side of Mark Watt’s leg in the 12th and 13th overs respectively, there was an outside chance of victory in Scotland .

But Smit remained calm, even when David Wiese fell for 16 with eight still needed.

In truth, Namibia won the match thanks to Trumpelmann’s opening flurry.

The fiery left arm crimp found the swing and used it well. After Munsey played, Calum MacLeod took the lead and Richie Berrington – Scotland’s substitute captain with Kyle Coetzer sidelined by a finger injury – was up to a ball that pinched.

Leask’s hard-hitting innings, which included four fours and two on the side of the legs, saved Scotland from a repeat of their 60s all against Afghanistan.

He also took 2-12. If Scotland had assembled another 20 lanes, their bowling demonstration might have been enough.

‘A very proud moment’ – reaction

Namibian captain Gerhard Erasmus: “It was emotional going through the group stage. We put those emotions aside for a bit. The boys put in a great performance.

“This is a very proud moment and we will savor it with the small group of people here and all the Namibians at home. It is a small but proud country. “

Scotland substitute captain Richie Berrington: “It was a disappointing day for us. We were probably 20 or 30 points short. It’s quite difficult to recover after a first like this.

“Credit to Namibia. They put us under pressure. We struggled to recover and couldn’t score in the first heats. “

Player of the match Ruben Trumpelmann: “I really had fun there. It’s great under the lights. It’s the World Cup so why not take advantage of it?

“This victory means a lot to the team. Hope we get some more. It’s huge for us. “


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