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21st Match, Group 2 (N), Abu Dhabi, Oct 27 2021, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(19.1/20 ov, target 110)115/6
Namibia won by 4 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
3/17
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    Three wins on the bounce for Namibia

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    Wiese, Smit help deliver Namibian win

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    The decisive turn

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    Scotland's spinners in overs 11 & 12

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    Greaves strikes but Namibia ahead

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    Namibia's cautious start

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    Scotland's boundary-less death overs

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    Leask leads Scotland recovery

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    Second-lowest PP total this WC

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    Dot balls galore

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    Trumplemann's triple-strike stuns Scotland

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    Namibia bowl; Kyle Coetzer injured for Scotland

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    A battle of two history makers

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Updated 27-Oct-2021 • Published 27-Oct-2021

As it happened - Namibia vs Scotland, Men's T20 World Cup, Super 12s

By Shashank Kishore
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Three wins on the bounce for Namibia

After countless clashes played in relative obscurity, two Associates gunning to go one up on the other came head to head in low, slow Abu Dhabi on the world stage. The setting may have been slightly unfamiliar, but the same couldn’t have been said about the compelling nature of the contest.

After being blown away by Afghan spin two nights ago, Scotland were snuffed out by a succession of left-arm swing and medium pace that Namibia threw up on Wednesday. But they made a terrific fist of it courtesy their spin trio, before JJ Smit and David Wiese put together a crucial partnership to eke out a tight win.

Namibia now have three wins on the bounce, having started the Super 12s in thumping fashion. Scotland will need to regroup, ahead of potentially three of their toughest clashes, against New Zealand, Pakistan and India.

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Wiese, Smit help deliver Namibian win

Scotland appeared to have had control, but in tying down Namibia with spin in the middle, Berrington look to get one over of Sharif out of the way. But with dew taking effect, the ball slid on, allowing JJ Smit and David Wiese to pick off crucial runs as the pair added 35 in just 31 balls to ensure the asking rate never spiraled out of hand. Overs 14-16 went for 18, at which point the wheels appeared to have fallen. Wiese fell in trying to finish it off quickly, but by then he’d done enough to close out the game, Namibia winning eventually by six balls to spare. Smit unbeaten on 32 when he hit the winning six.

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The decisive turn

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JJ Smit and David Wiese are calmly dealing with the pressure. It seemed tight and tense when Scotland were operating with spin, but the first real sign of pace on the ball on the face of dew has led to the floodgates opening. The run graphic must tell you how the game has turned between overs 14-16. Is it too late for Mark Watt to cobble up something? Namibia have the luxury of seeing him off here.

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Scotland's spinners in overs 11 & 12

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Scotland are making quite a fist of this, applying the squeeze quite superbly here. Mark Watt's skiddy left-arm spin and Michael Leask's loopy offspin proving to be a fine cocktail. It's all very nervous stuff, this is by no means going to be a waltz home for Namibia. Scotland are making them earn every run. David Wiese stands between Scotland and two points, I dare say.

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Greaves strikes but Namibia ahead

Craig Williams hoists Namibia’s fifty with a muscular hit over the ropes, but Chris Greaves, as he’s done often this tournament, strikes to keep Scotland in the game. Zane Green doesn’t pick the googly and ends up slicing a straight hit to long-off where Munsey slides forward to complete a neat catch. Over to captain Erasmus and Williams with Namibia needing 54 off the back half, eight wickets stand.

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Namibia's cautious start

The first 27 balls brought no boundaries, and suddenly Scotland conceded two in two. Pace off has been working for Scotland so far, but you can't bowl short in the mid 120s. Michael van Lingen follows a thumping pull shot to the long boundary with a ferocious slap down the ground. But he's perished in trying to force the pace as Safyaan Sharif strikes. Hits the hard length and van Lingen slices a pull to cover. Namibia 29 for 1 in six overs. Sharif's two overs have gone for just five.

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Scotland's boundary-less death overs

26 Scotland didn't find a boundary off the last 26 balls of their innings. The last three overs producing just 13 runs with Wiese and Jan Frylinck closing out the innings superbly. Namibia need 110 to pick up two points in their opening game of the Super 12s.
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Leask leads Scotland recovery

Michael Leask has just been dismissed for a 27-ball 44, but he may have just helped stage a lovely little recovery from which Scotland can look to inch towards 120. Came in to bat at 18 for 4. Runs came in a trickle early on, but he was prepared to grind it out, knock the ball around and then take the bowling on. That stand with Cross helped a wee bit in restoring normalcy, and with Chris Greaves looking in sparkling touch straightaway, he looked to up the tempo in the death. Particularly impressive was his leg-side play. He looked to pick the short boundaries, worked his angles pretty well, used the pace of the bowlers and exhibited tremendous control in doing so.

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Cross-Leask stand broken

It appeared as if Scotland had just started to recover from the seismic powerplay shocks, but have been pegged back again after a brief recovery. Matt Cross and Michael Leask did well to bunt the ball around for singles, looking to take the game deep and then pounce on the bad balls, like Leask did in the 11th over when he targeted the short straight and leg-side boundary to pick 14 off the over. Cross, however, in trying to follow suit has perished after missing a length ball from Frylinck, that he backed away to slap through the off side. A 39-run stand has been broken.

Make no mistake, there's no mystery in Namibia's attack. They've been robotic in their plans - stump-to-stump, cutters into the pitch, pace off and trying to bowl away from hitting arcs. It's a different matter that the batters haven't been able to attack enough. All this after a sensational new-ball burst from Trumplemann. So the secret to their success so far has been to be plain boring and repeat - that old cliche again - the processes over and over again.

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Second-lowest PP total this WC

Scotland have expressed keenness to play freely, without getting bogged down or letting scoreboard pressure get to them. And they're finding out here that it's easier said than done. Namibia's succession of left-arm seamers, and David Wiese, have tied them down to the tournament's second-lowest powerplay total (22/4). The lowest belongs to PNG, who endured a similar nightmarish start against Bangladesh.

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Dot balls galore

25 Scotland have played out the joint-most dots in the Powerplay this T20 World Cup, alongside Australia (against SA) and West Indies (against England). Four of these have accounted for wickets.
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Trumplemann's triple-strike stuns Scotland

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What a first over! As a left-arm seamer, Ruben Trumplemann showed every little variation he possesses. Late inswing: check. Slants one to hold its line: check, short ball into the body: check. Dug into the pitch on length: check. The result: three giant strikes in the opening over. George Munsey chopping on, Calun MacLeod nicking behind to one angled across, captain Richie Berrington lbw to a full inswinger. Sensational stuff! He becomes only the fourth bowler in T20 cricket to take three wickets in the first over of an innings. He joins a select club that includes Shoaib Akhtar, Fidel Edwards and Yasir Arafat. Trumplemann is the first to do it in a T20I.

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Can Scotland start well?

Plenty to correct for Scotland. Here's how they collapsed the other night in Mujeeb's first over in the Powerplay. Will today be any different? Let's go.

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Namibia bowl; Kyle Coetzer injured for Scotland

Namibia have won the toss, will bowl first. They're unchanged from five days ago against Ireland. Richie Berrington, their most-capped player and leading run-getter in T20Is, steps in to lead Scotland after Kyle Coetzer misses out due to a finger injury. So that means a forced change: Craig Wallace comes in.

Scotland: 1 Craig Wallace, 2 George Munsey, 3 Calum MacLeod, 4 Richie Berrington (capt), 5 Matthew Cross (wk), 6 Michael Leask, 7 Chris Greaves, 8 Mark Watt, 9 Josh Davey, 10 Safyaan Sharif, 11 Brad Wheal

Namibia: 1 Zane Green (wk), 2 Craig Williams, 3 Gerhard Erasmus (capt), 4 David Wiese, 5 JJ Smit, 6 Jan Frylinck, 7 Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, 8 Pikky Ya France, 9 Ruben Trumpelmann, 10 Michael van Lingen, 11 Bernard Scholtz

Berrington: "We are putting the Afghanistan game to one side now, and we are happy with the cricket we are playing at the moment. It doesn't throw us off, and we are ready to get back on track. Namibia are a strong side, and it'll be a good game, but we are ready and raring to go."

Erasmus: "The dew plays a big role and we have a strong bowling attack, so we hope we can perform. It was an emotional group stage, and we have to regroup after that. Wiese is a great performer, but 10 other guys are raring to go today. There's a lot of potential and we want to unleash them as well. We play each other often, so we know them quite well."

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Time for Scotland's moment under the sun

Scotland and World Cups has not exactly been a recipe for success over the years. It took them 21 attempts between 1999 and 2016, across six different tournaments in the 50-over and T20 formats, to win a game at limited-overs cricket's highest level - and that a first-round match against Hong Kong with qualification already beyond both sides.

In Oman over the last week, however, the cricketers refused to contemplate going home early. In the process they have written a fresh page in Scotland's sporting history. Their three wins in Group B included knocking over a Full Member in Bangladesh - gaining some measure of revenge for a narrow defeat at Edinburgh's Grange ground in the 1999 World Cup - and saw Scotland emphatically through to the Super 12s. Yes, they lost their previous game to Afghanistan, but this side is hungry to turn that around.

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How Namibia prepared for the T20 World Cup

Namibia hosted Uganda, a Zimbabwean Emerging side, a South African Emerging side and two South African domestic teams, the Titans, captained by the country's Test skipper Dean Elgar, and the Knights. Namibia beat all those sides.

Then they got here to UAE and played Scotland in two games, each side taking one game. The first round of matches came down to a shootout against Ireland, and they were rescued by David Wiese and Gerhard Erasmus, the captain, in a tight chase. Wiese had never played for Namibia before this tournament but in three matches, has put in two award-winning performances. Can he continue that glorious run?

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A battle of two history makers

Irrespective of what happens in the Super 12s, Scotland and Namibia have done what no other team from their country has so far. Both sides would’ve earmarked this fixture as the place to pick up two points, sadly only one of them can. For Namibia, this is an opportunity to make a winning start to the next round, for Scotland, things are a bit more urgent. After being spun out by Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan two nights ago, it’s a chance to prove that result was an aberration. On that note, hello and welcome everyone. There ain’t any easy games when two Associates lock horns. Ask Richie Berrington.

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