Scotland (157/5) secure a 5-wicket victory against Namibia (155/9) in the ICC World Cup 2024

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We are not even halfway through the group stages of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, but we've already witnessed some electrifying matches, including a thrilling Super Over. Namibia was at the center of that nail-biting encounter, snatching victory from a precarious position thanks to a clutch all-round performance by David Wiese, both in the match and the Super Over. Namibia's bowling attack was outstanding, skittling their opponents for just 109. Ruben Trumpelmann delivered a dream start, grabbing two wickets with the first two balls of the game and finishing with four. He, along with Wiese, will be crucial to their pace attack. Skipper Gerhard Erasmus can also contribute with his off-breaks to stifle the opposition in the middle overs, supported by Tangeni Lungameni and Bernard Scholtz. However, Namibia's batting lineup needs to step up. The last game should never have gone to a Super Over. The openers must take more responsibility, but the middle order, featuring experienced players like Jan Frylinck, who played a pivotal role in the last match, Erasmus, Wiese, and JJ Smit, offers stability. Namibia has a golden opportunity to secure another win and climb to the top of the table, putting pressure on their rivals. Scotland, on the other hand, will be feeling a mix of frustration and determination.

Squads:

Namibia squad: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Zane Green, Michael Van Lingen, Dylan Leicher, Ruben Trumpelmann, Jack Brassell, Ben Shikongo, Tangeni Lungameni, Niko Davin, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, JP Kotze, David Wiese, Bernard Scholtz, Malan Kruger, PD Blignaut

Scotland Squad: Richie Berrington (c), Matthew Cross, Brad Currie, Chris Greaves, Oli Hairs, Jack Jarvis, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Brandon McMullen, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Charlie Tear, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal.


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Playing XI for both sides

Scotland (Playing XI) - George Munsey, Michael Jones, Brandon McMullen, Richie Berrington (C), Matthew Cross (WK), Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Chris Sole, Brad Wheal, Bradley Currie.
Namibia (Playing XI) - Niko Davin, JP Kotze, Jan Frylinck, Merwe Erasmus (C), Malan Kruger, JJ Smit, David Wiese, Zane Green (WK), Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernand Scholtz, Tangeni Lungamene.
 
Ah well Pakistan's getting embarrassed but at least hopefully Scotland will put up a better performance and win so I can celebrate something today!
 
Scotland holds nerve against Namibia to ignite giant-killing dreams in Group B

Scotland have held their nerve to grind out a tough win as they moved to the top of Group B with an emphatic victory over Namibia.

It was Scotland's first T20I victory over Namibia and they’ll now move above the African nation in the ICC rankings.

The Scots were set a target of 156, but the chase was anything but comfortable – Richie Berrington sealed the deal with a maximum in the second-last over.

Scotland caught a bout of the jitters with the bat, falling to 73/4 after 11 overs, before Berrington and Michael Leask stepped up and steered them back on course.

The skipper punished an unbeaten 47 off 35 balls, while Leask smashed 35 off 17.

Scotland completed the chase with nine balls to spare, which doesn’t properly reflect how tense it got.

Namibia won the toss at an overcast but dry Bridgetown, with captain Gerhard Erasmus opting to bat first.

And it was the skipper who made the biggest contribution as he helped get his side up to a competitive total of 155/9 at the Kensington Oval, hitting a powerful 52 from 31 balls before being stumped off Leask.

Scotland started superbly with the ball, picking up the first wicket before a run had been scored, as Brad Wheal had JP Kotze caught for a duck.

And two further wickets fell in the Powerplay, with Jan Frylinck (12) dragging a Brad Currie delivery onto his stumps and Nikolaas Davin (20) holing out off Chris Sole.

Zane Green (28 off 27) and David Weise (14 off 13) kept an impressive Scottish attack from running through the Namibia batting line-up, but late runs were hard to come by, with only Erasmus showing fluency out in the middle, as Scotland held the total to 155/9.

George Munsey (7 off 15) was an early victim, as Scotland kicked off its chase, and the dismissal of Michael Jones (26 off 20) had the side at 49/2 in the eighth over.

Namibia keeper Zane Green came up with an intelligent piece of play behind the stumps to have Brandon McMullen caught out of his crease – a dramatic moment that saw a momentum shift.

When Matthew Cross was done plumb LBW (3 off 5) in the 11th over, Namibia were right in the match.

But Berrington struck consecutive boundaries to end the 13th over, which put the chase back on his side's terms.

Leask got in on the act – his six next over took the Scots over the 100 mark.

And a 19-run flurry in the 17th over had Scotland firmly within grasp of the team's first ever T20I win over Namibia, as the partnership jumped over the 50-run mark.

Leask was removed next over, leaving Berrington to finish the job.

Scotland now gives themself a chance to deny either Australia or England, the Group B heavyweights, a path into the second round.

Namibia's now one win, one loss, having claimed a dramatic Super Over win over Oman earlier in the tournament.

Group B action continues on June 8, with Australia taking on England in what's an eormous showdown.


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