New Delhi. Namibia defeated Scotland by 4 wickets on Wednesday in the Super-12 stage of the T20 World Cup. With this, he registered his third consecutive win in the tournament. However, he won 2 of these matches in the qualification stage. Scotland team could score only 109 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. After this, Namibia achieved the target by losing 6 wickets with 5 balls to spare. Namibia also lost 6 wickets in the chase of 110 runs. For that, JJ Smit scored the highest 32 runs and he returned unbeaten. JJ hit the winning six off the first ball of the last over of Safayan Sharif’s innings. Namibian pacer Ruben Trumpelman showed amazing bowling and took 3 wickets in the very first over.
The first blow to Namibia came in the form of Wayne Lingen (18), who was sent to the pavilion by Safayan Sharif on a team score of 28. After this, Craig Williams added 22 runs for the second wicket with wicketkeeper-batsman Jane Green (9). Green was victimized by Chris Greaves. Captain Gerhard Erasmus (4) could not do much and Lisk bowled him. Craig Williams returned to the pavilion on a team score of 67. He scored 23 runs in 29 balls with the help of 1 six. Scotland’s regular captain Kyle Coetzer did not play in this match due to a finger injury, after which Berrington took over the captaincy.
Earlier, left-arm fast bowler Ruben Trumpman came on the back foot with three blows in the first over, Scotland could score only 109 for 8 wickets. Trump, playing the sixth match, bowled the best of his career, taking 3 wickets for 17 runs. Apart from him, pacer Jane Frylink took 2 wickets giving 10 runs in 4 overs while bowling economical. The dominance of the Namibian bowlers can be gauged from the fact that only 7 fours and 2 sixes were hit in Scotland’s innings.
No batsman from Scotland could play sustainably. Michael Lisk, who came out to bat at number six, was the top scorer by scoring 44 runs. Apart from them, only Chris Greaves (25) and opener Matthew Cross (19) could reach double digits. Namibian captain Gerhard Erasmus won the toss and decided to bowl first and Trumpelman proved this decision right by taking 3 wickets in the first over itself.
George Munsey (0) played the first ball of the match of Trumpleman on the wickets, while on the third ball Callum McLeod (0) was caught by wicketkeeper Jane Green. Trumpelman, who was in excellent form on the next ball, took caretaker captain Richie Berrington (0) lbw to reduce Scotland’s score to 2 for 3. This is only the second time in T20 International cricket, when a bowler has taken 3 wickets in the first over itself.
Earlier in June 2019, Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka did this feat against West Indies. Cross hit Trumpleman for the first four of the innings in the fifth over, but the experienced David Weiss (1 for 22) made Craig Wallace (4) leg before in the next over. Scotland’s team could only manage 22 runs for four wickets in the powerplay. Michael Lisk added 14 runs in the 11th over with two fours on Weiss, fours and sixes in successive deliveries from Michael Van Lingen and took the team’s score beyond 50 runs.
Frylink gave Scotland the fifth blow by bolting the cross in the next over. Cross hit a boundary in his 33-ball innings. Lisk hit his second six off JJ Smit (1 for 20) while Greaves hit fours off Bernard Scholtz and Trumpelman. Smit gave a big blow to Scotland by bowling Lisk. He faced 27 balls and hit four fours and two sixes. Scotland’s century of runs was completed in the 19th over, but in the same over, Frylink dismissed Mark Watt (03) while Lisk was run out in the last over.