T20 World Cup: Scotland defeated by Namibia within the T20 World Cup

ICC T20 Men's World Cup, Abu Dhabi
Scotland 109-8 (20 overs): Leak 44 (27); Trumpelmann 3-17, Frylinck 2-10
Namibia 115-6 (19.1 overs): Smit 32 * (23), leak 2-12
Namibia wins with four wickets

Namibia kept its nerve beating Scotland by four wickets in the final of an exciting Super 12s match at the men's T20 World Cup.

Namibia, which like Scotland competes for the first time in this phase, stuttered in its hunt for 110, but snuck home with five balls before the finish in Abu Dhabi.

They were 67-4 at a point and their scoring ground halted when two more wickets fell late, but JJ Smit hit an unbeaten 32 of 23 balls to seal the win with a six over point.

Scotland got off to a horror start with the bat before limping to 109-8, largely thanks to Michael Leask's 27-ball 44.

George Munsey was bowled from the first ball of the game and Scotland was 2-3 when Ruben Trumpelmann took on two more wickets in the opening.

Humiliated by Afghanistan In their first Super 12 game, Scotland will face New Zealand, India and Pakistan in the remaining Group 2 games.

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 led them through the qualifying round.

Namibia is breaking new ground

Namibia came into play as a slight outsider, ranked 16th in the world compared to Scotland's 12th.

When her captain Gerhard Erasmus was bowled by the left spinner Leask and opener Craig Williams in 12.

But Smit remained calm even when David Wiese fell to 16 and eight were still needed.

In truth, Namibia won the game with Trumpelmann's opening kick.

The fiery seamstress on the left found momentum and made good use of it. After Munsey resumed play, Calum MacLeod was behind him and Richie Berrington – Scotland's reserve captain with Kyle Coetzer knocked out with a finger injury – was lbw to a ball that was knocked back.

Leask's tough innings, which included four fours and two sixes on the leg, saved Scotland from repeating their 60 against Afghanistan.

He also took 2-12. Had Scotland put another 20 runs on the market, their bowling performance might have been enough.

& # 39; A very proud moment & # 39; – reaction

Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus: "It was emotional to get through the group stage. We pushed those emotions aside for a while. The guys did a great job.

"It is a very proud moment that we will enjoy with the small group here and all Namibians at home. It is a small but proud country."

Scotland's substitute captain Richie Berrington: "It's been a disappointing day for us. We were probably 20 or 30 runs too short. It's pretty hard to recover from such a first over.

"Thanks to Namibia. They put us under pressure. We struggled to recover and couldn't get the result in the first innings."

Player of the game Ruben Trumpelmann: “I really enjoyed myself out there. It's great under the lights. It's the World Cup, so why not enjoy it?

"This win means a lot for the team. Hopefully we'll get a few more. It's massive for us."

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