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September 28, 2011
Scotland 137 for 2 (Watts 46*, MacLeod 46) beat Namibia 257 (Viljoen 78, Burger 58) by 34 runs by D-L method
Scotland won by way of the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-affected game against Namibia in Windhoek. After choosing to bat, Namibia got themselves into a good position thanks to half-centuries from opener Christi Viljoen and No.3 Sarel Burger. The pair added 102 for the second wicket and at 151 for 1, Namibia looked good to reach a formidable score. But Richie Berrington dismissed Viljoen for 78 and offspinner Majid Haq accounted for Louis van der Westhuizen, who had begun well with a quickfire 24 that included two sixes.
It went downhill for Namibia from there, as Haq had Burger caught for 58. The last eight wickets fell for 73 runs and the side was bowled out for 257, much lower than Namibia would have liked after their second-wicket stand. Haq finished with 3 for 66 and though he was expensive, he was well supported by the others who were largely economical.
Scotland lost Kyle Coetzer in the second over of the chase but opener Fraser Watts and Calum MacLeod put on 80 in good time to get their team on track. After MacLeod left for 46 off 48 balls, Watts was joined by Josh Davey who didn't allow the required-rate to dip. Watts finished with an unbeaten 46 and Davey not out on 35 as Scotland's chase was halted by rain after 26 overs. They had reached 137 for 2, well ahead of what they needed at that stage according to Duckworth-Lewis calculations.
The second ODI will also be played in Windhoek on Thursday.
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