Namibia VS Scotland, T20 World Cup 2024 Match 12 – FULL SCORECARD, COMMENTARY, SQUAD

Scotland beat Namibia by 5 wickets
02
nd Innings Scotland
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Matthew Cross comes in place of Richie Berrington and shares the skipper has a bit of cramps. Tells they have a chance to go in the next rounf and need to win next two games. Mentions they have few bruises today but in the end the job is done. Admits Michael Leask is a guy who lets his bat do the talk. Reckons they are taking one game at a time but are looking forward  to win both matches.
Merwe Erasmus says it is a big rivalry between these team and it did slipped this time. Shares it would have been sweet had his fifty would have come on the winning side. Tells a couple of players have developed and have done well to play on the big stage.
…Presentation…
Michael Leask wins the Player of the Match award. He says he just repayed the faith to a lot of people had on them. Adds this one feels special as they lost a couple of wickets and it got tough but his role was to find gaps and hit hard, not to over complicated. Shares he just waited for the bad ball and put some pressure on Namibia.
Namibia bowled well for most parts. They began well with the new ball and got an early breakthrough. The spinners were excellent through the middle. It was the last five where they lost it. They’ll be disappoint with the efforts of the three pacers towards the end. Had they executed their plans better, things could have been different. Earlier, it was the other captain, Merwe Erasmus who scored a fine fifty and took his team over 150 but they way Namibia played, they were looking for 170 and in the end, they dearly were short of runs to defend.
What a chase! The Scottish dug out is absolutely pumped up and why not? What an outstanding win this is! Berrington, their skipper, the mainstay. They were behind for most parts of the chase. They lost Munsey early, Jones and McMullen tried to steady things but just as they got going, Jones fell. McMullen did not last for long too and Cross was also dismissed early. Then came the match-winning stand between Berrington and Leask. The latter played the role of the aggressor and the former played as the perfect foil. They took Scotland to the brink of victory before Leask fell but Berrington stayed till the end and took his side over the line.
18.3
6
David Wiese to Richie Berrington, SIX! Finishes it off in style! Take a bow, Richie Berrington. The skipper hits the winning runs. Another strong hit. A slower one on off. He launches it over the long on fence. Scotland win by 5 wickets.
18.2
1
David Wiese to Chris Greaves, Fuller and on the leg pole. Greaves swings, it goes off the inner half towards short fine leg for one.
18.1
2
David Wiese to Chris Greaves, Misfield and two! Shorter and on middle. This is pulled towards mid-wicket. The fielder fails to stop it. Two taken.
17.6
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Chris Greaves, Angled into the pads. This is worked on the leg side for one. Singles will do it too.
17.5
W
Ruben Trumpelmann to Michael Leask, OUT! TAKEN! Leask holes out but he has done his job for his side. What a knock. Brilliant. Came out when his side was in trouble and has probably won them the game. Just the 9 needed. He looks to go for another big one. Fuller and on off. A slower one. He hits it down the ground but it is more off the toe end. David takes it at long on.
17.4
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Richie Berrington, Fuller and on off. This is hit down to long off for one.
17.3
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Michael Leask, Just the one from it. A slower one around off. Leask looks to sweep but this goes off the inner half on the leg side for one.
17.3
3
Ruben Trumpelmann to Michael Leask, A low full toss now, this is hit back over the bowler's head for two. No ball too. Free Hit coming up.
17.2
6
Ruben Trumpelmann to Michael Leask, SIX! That is massive. That is enormous. My word, what a gem of a knock this is from Leask. On middle. A slower one. He picks it, waits for it and smokes it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
17.1
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Richie Berrington, Lands safe! Fuller and outside off. Berrington lofts it over cover. Off the toe end. A run taken.
16.6
6
David Wiese to Michael Leask, SIX! Bang! Wiese is gutted with himself. Absolutely gutted. Wiese was the man Scotland were relying on but he goes for plenty and probably bowls the over which takes the game away from Namibia. This is a gift. A full toss on the pads. This is slammed over the square leg fence for a biggie.
16.5
1
David Wiese to Richie Berrington, Shortish and outside off. He taps it towards cover and gets to the other end.
16.4
4
David Wiese to Richie Berrington, FOUR! Two boundaries in the over and this could well be the over which turns the game completely into Scotland's favor. Another slower one on the pads. Richie heaves it. He finds the gap in the mid-wicket region and this goes to the fence.
16.3
1
David Wiese to Michael Leask, A slower one now outside off. This is pushed to cover.
16.2
6
David Wiese to Michael Leask, SIX! That is a welcome biggie. Timely one too. Shorter and on middle. The pull shot comes out and it is nailed over the mid-wicket fence. What a partnership this is. A potential match-winning one.
16.1
1
David Wiese to Richie Berrington, LEG BYE! Going down leg. Full and on the pads. Beerington swings but misses. It hits the pad and rolls towards short third man. A run taken.
15.6
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Richie Berrington, A single to end the over as Richie Berrington slaps it to cover.
15.5
2
Ruben Trumpelmann to Richie Berrington, Length ball on off, Richie Berrington pulls it to deep mid-wicket for two more. Nice work in the deep.
15.4
2
Ruben Trumpelmann to Richie Berrington, Two overs without a boundary and suddenly the pressure is on Scotland! Outside off, Richie Berrington cuts it through point for two.
15.3
Ruben Trumpelmann to Richie Berrington, Length ball, outside off, Richie Berrington cuts but straight to point.
15.2
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Michael Leask, Leg bye!  Length and slanting on leg, Leask misses his flick. It rolls to point for a leg bye.
15.1
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Richie Berrington, Shorter and outside off, Richie Berrington cuts it to deep point for a single.
14.6
1
Bernand Scholtz to Richie Berrington, Make it five! Excellent from Bernand Scholtz overall! Full and on middle, this is flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single.
14.5
1
Bernand Scholtz to Michael Leask, Four runs of the over so far. Full and on off, Leask sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for one.
14.4
Bernand Scholtz to Michael Leask, Turning out to be a good over for Namibia. A dot! slants it full and on middle, Leask blocks it back to the bowler.
14.3
1
Bernand Scholtz to Richie Berrington, One more run as Richie Berrington plays it to long on.
14.2
1
Bernand Scholtz to Michael Leask, Tossed up on middle, Leask works it to long on for a single.
14.1
1
Bernand Scholtz to Richie Berrington, Full and on middle, Richie Berrington flicks it to long on for a single.
13.6
1
Merwe Erasmus to Richie Berrington, A single to end the over as Richie Berrington pushes it to cover.
13.5
Merwe Erasmus to Richie Berrington, Fuller and on middle, Richie Berrington plays it back to the bowler.
13.4
1
Merwe Erasmus to Michael Leask, A low full toss on middle, Leask works it to long on for a single.
13.3
6
Merwe Erasmus to Michael Leask, SIX! 100 up for Scotland now. This is a great shot. Full and outside off. Leask slogs it over mid-wicket and gets six runs.
13.2
1
Merwe Erasmus to Richie Berrington, Tossed up on the pads. Richie Berrington whips it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
13.1
1
Merwe Erasmus to Michael Leask, On middle, Leask eases it to long on for a single.
12.6
4
Tangeni Lungamene to Richie Berrington, FOUR! 16 runs of the over. This is full and outside off, Richie Berrington lofts it over covers and it races away to the fence.
12.5
6
Tangeni Lungamene to Richie Berrington, SIX! Much needed! Better from Scotland. On a length and on middle, Richie Berrington takes his chance as he goes back and heaves, two fielders in the deep but clears square leg with ease.
12.4
2
Tangeni Lungamene to Richie Berrington, TWO MORE! On a length and outside off. Richie Berrington slaps it through cover for two.
12.3
2
Tangeni Lungamene to Richie Berrington, Singles and doubles won't help! Scotland need boundaries. Length and outside off. Richie Berrington crunches it through covers for a couple.
12.2
1
Tangeni Lungamene to Michael Leask, Short in length and outside off. Leask pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
12.1
1
Tangeni Lungamene to Richie Berrington, A length ball, outside off. Richie Berrington taps it to short third man for a single.
11.6
2
Merwe Erasmus to Michael Leask, Two! Shorter and outside off. This is slapped past cover for two.
11.5
Merwe Erasmus to Michael Leask, On middle. This is pushed back to the bowler.
11.4
1
Merwe Erasmus to Richie Berrington, On the pads. This is swept through square leg. One only.
11.3
2
Merwe Erasmus to Richie Berrington, Just over! Outside off. Richie looks to cut, it goes off the top edge over point. Two taken.
11.2
Merwe Erasmus to Richie Berrington, Almost another one! Richie gets into position early to sweep. This is fired on the leg pole. Berrington is through th shot. It hits his arm.
11.1
Merwe Erasmus to Richie Berrington, Another dot! On middle. Richie works it to mid-wicket.
10.6
W
Bernand Scholtz to Matthew Cross, OUT! LBW! That is as plumb as it gets. Cross almost started to walk! On middle. This one holds its line. Cross sweeps but misses and this hits the pad. Scotland in big trouble now.
10.5
1
Bernand Scholtz to Richie Berrington, Another single as this is punched through covers.
10.4
1
Bernand Scholtz to Matthew Cross, Around off. This is pushed past cover for one more.
10.3
Bernand Scholtz to Matthew Cross, On off. It turns away. This is guided to point.
10.2
1
Bernand Scholtz to Richie Berrington, On middle. This is worked through mid-wicket for one.
10.1
1
Bernand Scholtz to Matthew Cross, Shorter and on middle. This is worked down to long on for one.
DRINKS! The game is evenly poised! 87 is needed in 70. Scotland need a partnership and they have two experienced batters out in the middle. Can they come to the fore. Namibia on the other hand, would want to continue to strike at regular intervals. An important passage of play awaits.
9.6
Merwe Erasmus to Richie Berrington, Dot to end another successful over for the captain. On middle. This is pushed back to the bowler.
9.5
Merwe Erasmus to Richie Berrington, On middle. Turning back in. Richie works it to mid-wicket.
9.4
1
Merwe Erasmus to Matthew Cross, Fuller and outside off. This is carved past point for one.
9.4
1
Merwe Erasmus to Matthew Cross, WIDE! Down the leg side this time. Cross looks to sweep but misses.
9.3
W
Merwe Erasmus to Brandon McMullen, OUT! STUMPED! That is sloppy. That is very sloppy from McMullen. He had a lot of time to get back. Not sure what he was doing there? Erasmus gets another one and just as the runs started to flow, Namibia strike. This is flatter and outside off. The batter swings but misses. The keeper fails to collect the ball on the first attempt but does so on the second one and takes the bails off. It is taken upstairs. Replays show that, the ball deflected onto the stumps after it hit the keeper but the bails did not come off. The keeper collected the ball and took the bails off again and the batter was still out.
Stumping appeal. Looks very close.
9.3
2
Merwe Erasmus to Richie Berrington, Fired down the leg side. Berrington looks to sweep but misses. The keeper fails to take it cleanly. A run taken.
9.2
Merwe Erasmus to Richie Berrington, Fuller and outside off. Berrington looks to drive but misses.
9.1
1
Merwe Erasmus to Brandon McMullen, Confusion but safe in the end! Around off. This is guided to point. A little bit of confusion but they take one.
8.6
Bernand Scholtz to Richie Berrington, Slower again, this goes on with the arm. Berrington looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
8.5
1
Bernand Scholtz to Brandon McMullen, Slower and on off. A little bit of turn away. McMullen looks to defend. This goes off the outer half towards short third man for one.
8.4
1
Bernand Scholtz to Richie Berrington, On off. This is pushed towards mid off for one.
8.3
1
Bernand Scholtz to Brandon McMullen, Outside off. He stays back and pushes it oata cover and takes one.
8.2
4
Bernand Scholtz to Brandon McMullen, FOUR MORE! Short and on middle. Brandon rocks back and slams it past the bowler. This races away to the fence too.
8.1
1
Bernand Scholtz to Richie Berrington, Around off. This is pushed towards cover for one.
7.6
2
Merwe Erasmus to Brandon McMullen, Misfield and two! The skipper is not happy about that. Around off. Brandon looks to drive. It goes off the outer half towards point. The fielder midfields. Two taken.
7.5
4
Merwe Erasmus to Brandon McMullen, FOUR! Badly lined and put away! On the pads and the sweep comes out. This is nailed past square leg and this races away to the fence.
7.4
1
Merwe Erasmus to Richie Berrington, On middle. This is nudged around the corner for one.
7.3
W
Merwe Erasmus to Michael Jones, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Erasmus did it with the bat and now gets the massive wicket of Jones. Leading from the front is the skipper. The arm ball. It angles away from off. Jones looks to drive but this keeps angling away. It goes off the outside edge and the keeper takes it.
7.2
1
Merwe Erasmus to Brandon McMullen, On middle. This is punched down to long on for one.
7.1
1
Merwe Erasmus to Michael Jones, Pushes this one through and on off. It is pushed down to long off for one.
6.6
1
Bernand Scholtz to Michael Jones, Flatter and on off. This is punched past cover for one.
6.5
Bernand Scholtz to Michael Jones, Another dot! Flatter and on off. This is pushed back to the bowler.
6.4
1
Bernand Scholtz to Brandon McMullen, Shorter and on off. This is pushed wide of long off for one.
6.3
1
Bernand Scholtz to Michael Jones, Jones makes room and he is followed. He looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.
6.2
Bernand Scholtz to Michael Jones, Slower and on middle. This is worked to mid-wicket.
6.1
1
Bernand Scholtz to Brandon McMullen, Sensible stuff! Around off. This is pushed through covers for one.
5.6
Tangeni Lungamene to Michael Jones, Dot to end but the damage was done in that over and Scotland have recovered well. This is angled into the pads. Jones looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
5.5
6
Tangeni Lungamene to Michael Jones, SIX! Shot of the game so far! Wow! This over turns out to be momentum changing one. Steps out and makes room. Gets to the pitch of the ball and lifts it over the cover fence.
5.4
4
Tangeni Lungamene to Michael Jones, FOUR MORE! Lucky but Scotland won't really care. Shorter and on middle. Jones swings across the line, this goes off the inside edge past the leg pole and down to the fine leg fence.
5.3
3
Tangeni Lungamene to Brandon McMullen, Excellent running! Around off. Brandon looks to defend, it goes off the outer half through point. Three taken. Good over so far for Scotland.
5.2
1
Tangeni Lungamene to Michael Jones, Fuller and on off. He takes one now as this is driven to cover.
5.1
4
Tangeni Lungamene to Michael Jones, FOUR! Thumped down the ground! That is much needed. They need this to be a big over. That is way too full and Jones thumps it down the ground and to the long on fence.
4.6
David Wiese to Brandon McMullen, Another dot to end! Scotland going nowhere at the moment! On off. The drive comes out but to mid off.
4.5
David Wiese to Brandon McMullen, Shorter and on off. This is driven towards mid off. A run taken.
4.4
David Wiese to Brandon McMullen, Another dot! Around off. Length. This is driven but to mid off.
4.3
David Wiese to Brandon McMullen, Another dot! On off. Good length. This is pushed to mid off.
4.2
David Wiese to Brandon McMullen, Outside off. Length. This takes off after landing. Brandon McMullen looks to push at it but is beaten.
4.1
1
David Wiese to Michael Jones, Around off. This is driven down the ground. Good field placement as it goes towards long on. A run taken.
3.6
Tangeni Lungamene to Brandon McMullen, Outside off. On a good length. Left alone.
3.6
1
Tangeni Lungamene to Brandon McMullen, WIDE! Down the leg side. He comes from around the wicket and angles it onto the pads. McMullen looks to flick but misses.
3.5
W
Tangeni Lungamene to George Munsey, OUT! TAKEN! Munsey falls. The biggest wicket of all probably and Namibia will feel they are well and truly on top now. Length and around off. Munsey steps out and looks to go over mid off. It is more off the toe end. It lobs towards mid off. David there dives forward and takes a fine catch.
3.4
1
Tangeni Lungamene to Michael Jones, On middle again. This is pushed to mid on for one.
3.3
1
Tangeni Lungamene to George Munsey, On the pads. This is worked through square leg. A run taken.
3.2
2
Tangeni Lungamene to George Munsey, Finds the gap but only two! Outside off. Shorter. Munsey slaps it past cover and takes one two.
3.1
Tangeni Lungamene to George Munsey, That one zips through. Shortish and outside off. Munsey looks to cut but misses.
2.6
4
Ruben Trumpelmann to Michael Jones, FOUR! Something has to give and Jones gets a boundary that will release the pressure. He steps out. He makes it into a half volley and lifts it over mid off. Welcome boundary and that spoils the over. Watchful start for Scotland.
2.5
Ruben Trumpelmann to Michael Jones, A good bumper this time. He sees Jones comes down and bangs it short. Jones misses the pull. Something has to give here. Far too many dots in the innings so far.
2.4
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to George Munsey, Just the one again! On middle. This holds in the surface. It is pushed towards mid on for one.
2.4
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to George Munsey, WIDE AGAIN! He has not got it right so far. Down the leg side again. Wided.
2.4
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to George Munsey, WIDE! Another wide! Down the leg side again. The keeper does well to dive to his right and stop it.
2.3
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Michael Jones, A slower one now around off. Jones drags it towards deep mid-wicket. A single only.
2.2
Ruben Trumpelmann to Michael Jones, Jones goes after it. Steps out but this is bowled shorter, it tails back in too. Jones looks to pull but misses.
2.1
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to George Munsey, Yet again does not find the middle. Shorter and outside off. This is chopped towards point for one.
1.6
1
David Wiese to George Munsey, Just the single to end! Top over from David Wiese! On middle. This is pushed down to mid on. It just about beats the bowler and a run is taken. Munsey doesn't look at his fluent best so far.
1.5
David Wiese to George Munsey, Good from David! Around off. Length. Munsey pushes it to covers. Another dot.
1.4
David Wiese to George Munsey, Beaten again! Length and outside off. Munsey looks to drive but this whizzes past the outside edge.
1.3
David Wiese to George Munsey, Shortish and outside off. Munsey looks to cut but is beaten. He was quite late on the shot there.
1.2
1
David Wiese to Michael Jones, Outside off. A little bit of shape away. Jones guides it down to third man and takes one.
1.1
David Wiese to Michael Jones, Right on the money to begin with! Around off. Jones defends.
David Wiese to bowl from the other end!
0.6
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to Michael Jones, He had to get bat to that! Jones is off the mark too. Ruben goes full but ends up bowling a full toss. It does tail back in from around middle. This is worked through square leg. More off the inner half for one.
0.5
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to George Munsey, First run off the bat! Fuller and on middle. Munsey drives it towards mid off. A run taken. Gets the right-handed on strike.
0.4
Ruben Trumpelmann to George Munsey, Around off. Length ball. This driven but the man at covers dives to his right and makes a decent stop.
0.4
1
Ruben Trumpelmann to George Munsey, WIDE! Hasn't started well has Ruben Trumpelmann! This is well wide outside off. Munsey looks to drive but misses. Wided.
0.4
5
Ruben Trumpelmann to George Munsey, FIVE WIDES! That will help! The pressure will release a little. This is way down the leg side. Munsey takes a few steps down the track and then tries to flick but misses. It swings away further and beats the diving keeper. Scotland underway!
0.3
Ruben Trumpelmann to George Munsey, Munsey did not pick that up! A full toss on off. Munsey defends it towards cover.
0.2
Ruben Trumpelmann to George Munsey, Two sighters for Munsey! Length and just outside off. Left alone.
0.1
Ruben Trumpelmann to George Munsey, Pitches it shorter, not looking for swing. Munsey stays back and defends.
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01
st Innings Namibia
We are back after a short delay! The Scottish opened, George Munsey and Michael Jones make their way out to the middle. Ruben Trumpelmann to begin.
… THE RUN CHASE …
For Namibia, they started well and ended well as in-between the spinners didn't control the middle phase. Mark Watt in particular who is such a reliable bowler had an off day as he leaked runs. However, Namibia pulled back thanks to Brad Wheal's late flourish with the ball. His three wickets came in handy and at crucial stage. Scotland will feel they are still in the game, they just need one good partnership. Can they build on the momentum? Let's find out.
Zane Green is up for a chat. He’s happy with the score especially after the wickets they lost in the Powerplay. Adds Erasmus played really well. Mentions the wicket is a little two paced.
That is some recovery from Scotland and they'll be happy with the score right now. Namibia though would have loved 10-15 runs more and they had a decent chance when Merwe Erasmus and Zane Green were batting together. The skipper was playing really well and got Scotland to a good position but his wicket started a snall downfall as Zane Green followed him. David Wiese didn't make a big impact too.
20
over
20 | 13 Runs | HH: 155/9
19.6
2
Brad Wheal to Bernand Scholtz, Two more to end and Namibia end with 155! On middle. Shortish again. This is pulled towards deep mid-wicket. Two taken. Good last over for Namibia.
19.5
2
Brad Wheal to Bernand Scholtz, Two! They checked for one-short but it is fine! On middle. This is tucked around the corner on the leg side. Two easy.
19.4
W
Brad Wheal to JJ Smit, OUT! RUN OUT! Really not sure where Smit was going there. There was no second. On middle. This is hit down to long on. They take one and Smit turns for the second but realises his partner is not coming. He turns and looks to get back in. The fielder fires it to the bowler who takes the bails off. Smit is short.
19.3
1
Brad Wheal to Bernand Scholtz, Fuller and on middle. This is hit back towards the bowler. He gets a hand to it and takes the pace off. The ball rolls towards mid off. One taken.
19.2
1
Brad Wheal to JJ Smit, Shorter and on middle. Smit pulls but to deep square leg. Only one.
19.1
6
Brad Wheal to JJ Smit, SIX! Bang! That is well over and that is the ideal start to the last over. This is with the wind. Shorter and on middle. It sits up to be hit. This is pulled over the mid-wicket fence. It sails over the fence with the wind.
19
over
19 | 3 Runs | HH: 142/8
18.6
1
Bradley Currie to JJ Smit, Just the single! Boundaries have dried up at a time where Namibia would have loved a few. On the pads. This is tucked around the corner for one. Can they get to 150 is the question? 8 runs needed, one over to go.
18.5
Bradley Currie to JJ Smit, Two in a row now! Around off. Smit pushes it but can't get it past cover.
18.4
Bradley Currie to JJ Smit, Dots are absolute gold at this stage! There is one! Around off. Good length. This is pushed to cover.
18.3
1
Bradley Currie to Bernand Scholtz, Just the one! On off. This is pushed towards cover for one.
18.2
W
Bradley Currie to Ruben Trumpelmann, OUT! TAKEN! Three wickets in quick succession and Namibia are losing their way here. Currie has another one. A slower one on the pads. Ruben Trumpelmann looks to go over the leg side but he picks the wrong side. There is a strong wind there and the ball holds up. The fielder at deep square leg takes a good catch.
18.1
1
Bradley Currie to JJ Smit, And again, just the one, fuller and on off. A slower one. This is pushed down to long off for one.
18
over
18 | 4 Runs | HH: 139/7
17.6
1
Brad Wheal to JJ Smit, That is a top over from Wheal. Just the kind you need at this time of the innings. He has got his side back into the game. On middle, a slower one. This is tucked on the leg side for one.
17.5
W
Brad Wheal to Zane Green, OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! Scotland have managed to take wickets at the right time so far. Excellent stuff from Wheal. Length and around off. Green looks to go over mid off but does not get the elevation he wanted. Jones takes it. The idea was right but the execution wasn't there. Had he got it over him, it would have been a boundary. Good little innings by Green but his side needed him to be out there for longer.
17.4
1
Brad Wheal to Ruben Trumpelmann, Just the one! Singles won't harm Scotland. Shortish and on middle. This is pulled through square leg for one.
17.3
W
Brad Wheal to David Wiese, OUT! TAKEN! That is a massive wicket as this stage of the game. This could make a difference of 15 runs to the final score. Wheal bowls a slower one. It is just outside off. David Wiese looks to go over long on but this goes off the outer half towards point and the fielder Watt takes it. Wheal is pumped and rightly so.
17.2
1
Brad Wheal to Zane Green, Slightly shorter, another slower one, this is pushed past cover. Another run taken.
17.1
1
Brad Wheal to David Wiese, Bowls it into the surface. This one grips a touch. David Wiese lools to pull, it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket for one.
17
over
17 | 13 Runs | HH: 135/5
16.6
4
Mark Watt to Zane Green, FOUR! INNOVATIVE BY ZANE! Short of a length outside off, Zane Green switches stance early and reverse laps this over the short third fielder for a boundary.
16.5
1
Mark Watt to David Wiese, Short of a length in middle, David Wiese tucks this towards the empty pocket at deep mid-wicket for a single.
16.4
Mark Watt to David Wiese, Quicker and flatter on off, David Wiese hits this well but finds the fielder.
16.3
1
Mark Watt to Zane Green, Quicker one aorund leg, Zane Green sweeps this towards deep mid-wicket for one.
16.2
6
Mark Watt to Zane Green, SIX! HUGE! Tossed up around leg, Zane Green slog sweeps this way behind the fence over the deep square leg fence for a maximum.
16.1
1
Mark Watt to David Wiese, Fuller around off, David Wiese cuts this to backward point for nothing but a fumble from the fielder allows a single.
16
over
16 | 9 Runs | HH: 122/5
15.6
Chris Greaves to Zane Green, Fuller one outside off, Zane Green looks to slog but misses out.
15.5
1
Chris Greaves to David Wiese, Tossed up around off, David Wiese drills this through cover for one.
15.4
6
Chris Greaves to David Wiese, SIX! GIGANTIC! Tossed up outside off, David Wiese uses the long handle to a good effect and smashes this up and over the sight screen for a maximum.
15.3
Chris Greaves to David Wiese, Flighted delivery around off, David Wiese chops it towards backward point.
15.2
1
Chris Greaves to Zane Green, Fuller one outside off, Zane Green pushes this to long off for one.
15.1
1
Chris Greaves to David Wiese, BYE! Short of a length in middle, David Wiese looks for the pull but misses and the keeper spills this too.
15
over
15 | 6 Runs | HH: 113/5
14.6
1
Chris Sole to David Wiese, Slower one fuller in middle, David Wiese nudges this towards deep square leg for one.
14.5
1
Chris Sole to Zane Green, Bumper around the leg, Zane Green slaps this with eyes off the ball towards deep square for one.
14.5
1
Chris Sole to Zane Green, WIDE! On a length waivered and way too wide outside off, Zane Green leaves it.
14.4
Chris Sole to Zane Green, On a length around off, Zane Green drives this but finds the fielder at short cover for no run.
14.3
1
Chris Sole to David Wiese, Full toss around off, David Wiese punches this through covers for one.
14.2
1
Chris Sole to Zane Green, Short-pitched outside off, Zane Green punches this towards sweeper cover for one.
14.1
1
Chris Sole to David Wiese, On a length outside off, David Wiese slices this wide of the backward point fielder and takes one.
14
over
14 | 10 Runs | HH: 107/5
13.6
1
Michael Leask to David Wiese, SHort of a length around the pads, David Wiese tucks this towards short fine leg for one.
David Wiese walks out next to bat.
13.5
W
Michael Leask to Merwe Erasmus, OUT! STUMPED! Short of a length and a bit quicker, George Munsey advances down the trakc and looks to go big but misses. The keeper collects the ball and removes the bails in a flash with the batter way outside his crease. It was a fantastic take behind the stumps as it bounced a bit after pitching.
13.4
6
Michael Leask to Merwe Erasmus, SIX! A splendid hit from the Namibia skipper and he gets his fifty in style. Tossed up around off, George Munsey slog sweeps this over the fielder at wide long on for a maximum.
13.3
1
Michael Leask to Zane Green, Fuller around the pads, Zane Green sweeps this towards deep square leg for another single.
13.2
1
Michael Leask to Merwe Erasmus, Short of a length in middle, George Munsey smashes this to long off for one.
13.1
1
Michael Leask to Zane Green, Off-break around off, Zane Green hops back and punches this through cover for one.
13
over
13 | 7 Runs | HH: 97/4
12.6
Mark Watt to Merwe Erasmus, Fuller and outside off, Erasmus slaps it to point.
12.5
Mark Watt to Merwe Erasmus, Tossed up on middle. Erasmus blocks it out.
12.4
4
Mark Watt to Merwe Erasmus, FOUR! Erasmus with yet another boundary. Just too much width by the bowlers lately. Outside off, Erasmus cuts it through point for a boundary.
12.3
Mark Watt to Merwe Erasmus, Flat and outside off, Erasmus cuts it to point.
12.2
1
Mark Watt to Zane Green, Shorter and outside off, Zane Green pulls it to mid-wicket for a single.
12.1
2
Mark Watt to Zane Green, Tossed up on middle, Zane Green whips it wide of deep square leg and comes back for the second.
12
over
12 | 7 Runs | HH: 90/4
11.6
4
Michael Leask to Merwe Erasmus, FOUR! Shorter and on middle, Erasmus pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
11.5
1
Michael Leask to Zane Green, Leg bye! Michael Leask bowls full again on the leg side. Zane Green misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. An appeal but that was going down.
11.4
Michael Leask to Zane Green, Goes very full and outside off, Zane Green looks to reverse sweep but misses.
11.3
1
Michael Leask to Merwe Erasmus, Tossed up on middle, Erasmus makes room and smashes it to long off for a single.
11.2
1
Michael Leask to Zane Green, Thiis is full and on middle, Zane Green eases it to long on for a single.
11.1
Michael Leask to Zane Green, Flatter and outside off, Zane Green punches it to cover.
11
over
11 | 5 Runs | HH: 83/4
10.6
1
Bradley Currie to Zane Green, Fuller and outside off. Zane Green knocks it to covers for a single.
10.5
Bradley Currie to Zane Green, Short in length and outside off, Zane Green looks to cut but some extra bounce does not help him.
10.4
1
Bradley Currie to Merwe Erasmus, Length ball on top of off. Erasmus knocks it to covers for a single.
10.3
2
Bradley Currie to Merwe Erasmus, Length ball, well wide of off. Erasmus cuts it to sweeper cover for a couple of runs.
10.2
Bradley Currie to Merwe Erasmus, A scrambled seam delivery, outside off, nips away. Erasmus swings across but misses.
10.1
1
Bradley Currie to Zane Green, Full and on middle, Zane Green flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
DRINKS! Namibia are in domination positon. The pitch is not similar to what we have seen so far in the  tournament, a good wicket to bat on and 150-160 should be a par score here. Erasmus is leading the charge and will hope for a helping hand here. Scotland on the other hand need a couple of wickets to claw back things under their control.
10
over
10 | 10 Runs | HH: 78/4
9.6
1
Chris Greaves to Zane Green, Drops it short and outside off, Zane Green pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
9.5
1
Chris Greaves to Merwe Erasmus, Too much width wide of off. Erasmus drives it to cover. Richie Berrington dives to his right and makes a solid stop. It deflects off his hand onto his head and we will have a concussion protocol to follow.
9.4
2
Chris Greaves to Merwe Erasmus, Tossed up on middle, Erasmus whacks it in the gap through square leg for a couple. Good stop there.
9.3
4
Chris Greaves to Merwe Erasmus, FOUR! Erasmus is in some touch today! He moves to 30! More width from Chris Greaves outside off and this is cut through point for a boundary.
9.2
1
Chris Greaves to Zane Green, A low full toss on middle, Zane Green flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
9.1
1
Chris Greaves to Merwe Erasmus, Fuller delivery on middle, Erasmus drills it to long on for a single.
9
over
9 | 8 Runs | HH: 68/4
8.6
1
Mark Watt to Merwe Erasmus, A single to end the over. Full and on middle, Erasmus nudges it to square leg for one. 8 runs off the over.
8.5
1
Mark Watt to Zane Green, Floated full and outside off, Green eases it to long on for a single.
8.4
Mark Watt to Zane Green, Flat and on off, Green pulls it late but to short fine leg.
8.3
1
Mark Watt to Merwe Erasmus, On middle, fuller and Erasmus pushes it to covers for a single.
8.2
4
Mark Watt to Merwe Erasmus, FOUR! SHOT! Enough width, outside off and Erasmus hammers it through covers for a boundary. Mark Watt looks like he is lacking execution.
8.1
1
Mark Watt to Zane Green, Fuller ball on middle, Green plays it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
8
over
8 | 6 Runs | HH: 60/4
7.6
2
Chris Greaves to Merwe Erasmus, Tossed up on middle, Erasmus flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
7.5
2
Chris Greaves to Merwe Erasmus, This one spins in, full and on middle, Erasmus turns it behind square leg for a couple of runs.
7.4
1
Chris Greaves to Zane Green, Tad short and on middle, Green pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
7.3
W
Chris Greaves to Malan Kruger, OUT! TAKEN! Scotland get another wicket. Chris Greaves strikes. Tosses it up, around off, a googly. Malan Kruger comes down to heave but it goes more off the lower half of the bat and to long on. Michael Jones goes to his right and judges the ball well to take it away from his body.
7.2
Chris Greaves to Malan Kruger, A googly, flat and outside off, Malan Kruger slaps it straight to point.
7.1
1
Chris Greaves to Merwe Erasmus, Chris Greaves bowls it full and on leg, Erasmus drills it to long on for a single.
7
over
7 | 6 Runs | HH: 54/3
6.6
1
Chris Sole to Merwe Erasmus, A single to end the over as Erasmus cuts it to third man for a single.
6.5
1
Chris Sole to Malan Kruger, Around off on a length. Malan Kruger drops it to third man for a single.
6.4
Chris Sole to Malan Kruger, Some shape for Sole! A length ball, outside of, swings away. Malan Kruger looks to cut but misses.
6.3
1
Chris Sole to Merwe Erasmus, Length and outside off, Erasmus guides it to third man for a single.
6.2
Chris Sole to Merwe Erasmus, Lovely delivery! Charges in and angles in a fuller ball, around off, Erasmus squeezes it out back to the keeper.
6.2
2
Chris Sole to Malan Kruger, 50 up! A length ball on middle, Malan Kruger nudges it to deep square leg for one. Chris Sole has overstepped here. A free-hit now.
6.1
1
Chris Sole to Merwe Erasmus, Leg bye! Angles a length ball on the pads. Erasmus misses his flick and it rolls to square leg for a single.
6
over
6 | 11 Runs | HH: 48/3
5.6
Mark Watt to Malan Kruger, Flatter delivery, outside off, Malan Kruger cuts it to point.
5.5
Mark Watt to Malan Kruger, How close was that to the leg pole? Flighted full and on leg. Malan Kruger shuffles accross to flick but misses and it just goes past the leg pole.
5.4
1
Mark Watt to Merwe Erasmus, There is gloves! Not out it is! Flat and on middle, Erasmus steps across to sweep but gloves it to fine leg for one. Scotland thought it was off the pads and took it upstairs but the UltraEdge shows a spike.
5.3
Mark Watt to Merwe Erasmus, Flat and outside off, Erasmus chops it to short third man.
5.2
4
Mark Watt to Merwe Erasmus, FOUR! This is counter-punch from Erasmus! Suddenly it feels like Namibia are in control. Floated full and on middle, Erasmus slog-sweeps it over to long on for a boundary.
5.1
6
Mark Watt to Merwe Erasmus, SIX! That didn't look like a shot tailored for six but still gets the runs. Tossed up, outside off. Erasmus makes room and lofts it over long off and it goes all the way.
5
over
5 | 12 Runs | HH: 37/3
4.6
Chris Sole to Malan Kruger, A length ball, around off, nips in. Malan Kruger looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. Looked plumb. A huge appeal but turned down. Scotland players gather around but they feel the impact is outside the line.
4.5
W
Chris Sole to Niko Davin, OUT! GONE! Davin goes after hitting a couple of boundaries. Short of a length and wide of off, width again and Davin cuts but edges it down to third man where Bradley Currie takes it. It went flat and Bradley Currie went across to his right to take it.
4.4
4
Chris Sole to Niko Davin, FOUR! Raining boundaries now! Three in four balls. Sole goes short and wide of off. Davin slashes it over point and it goes to the fence.
4.3
Chris Sole to Niko Davin, Full and on  middle, Davin blocks it out.
4.2
4
Chris Sole to Niko Davin, FOUR! AGAIN! Chris Sole goes full and wide of off. Davin just dabs it away late, more off the cue end of the bat and to third man for a boundary.
4.1
4
Chris Sole to Niko Davin, FOUR! Off the edge but Davin won't mind! A length ball, outside off, Davin looks to cut but outside edges it to third man and it races away.
4
over
4 | 6 Runs | HH: 25/2
3.6
1
Bradley Currie to Niko Davin, JUST WIDE! Great effort though! Short of a length and outside off, Davin pulls it off the lower half of the bat and to mid on where the fielder dives to his right, gets his right-hand out but the ball just does not stick onto it.
3.5
Bradley Currie to Niko Davin, A length ball on middle, shapes in late. Davin blocks it out.
3.4
4
Bradley Currie to Niko Davin, FOUR! Well played! Length ball, wide of off. Davin punches it late and through point and it races away to the fence.
3.3
1
Bradley Currie to Merwe Erasmus, Touch fuller and outside off, Erasmus drives it to mid off for a single to get off the mark.
Merwe Erasmus is the new man in.
3.2
W
Bradley Currie to Jan Frylinck, OUT! CHOPPED ON! The movement is doing it for Scotland! They are enjoying bowling right now. Length and outside off, shapes away. Frylinck looks to cut but bottom edges it back onto the stumps.
3.1
Bradley Currie to Jan Frylinck, A length ball, outside off, swings away. Frylinck goes back to cut but misses.
3
over
3 | 10 Runs | HH: 19/1
2.6
1
Brad Wheal to Jan Frylinck, Full and on middle, Frylinck turns it to square leg for a single.
2.5
2
Brad Wheal to Jan Frylinck, This is full and on middle, Frylinck tucks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
2.4
4
Brad Wheal to Jan Frylinck, FOUR! Delicious shot! A length ball, outside off. Frylinck backs away and punches it through cover-point for a boundary.
2.3
Brad Wheal to Jan Frylinck, Bowls it full and on middle, Frylinck pushes it back to mid on.
2.2
1
Brad Wheal to Niko Davin, This is quick stuff from Wheal! Length and on middle, Davin tucks it to mid-wicket.
2.2
2
Brad Wheal to Jan Frylinck, TWO WIDES! Bangs it short and there is some extra pace as well. Frylinck looks to pull but misses but the keeper does well to get some gloves on it. One.
2.1
Brad Wheal to Jan Frylinck, Touch fuller and on middle, Frylinck eases it to mid on.
2
over
2 | 2 Runs | HH: 9/1
1.6
Bradley Currie to Niko Davin, Just two runs off the over. Good start by Scotland. Davin makes room and Brad Wheal follows him with a length ball on leg, Davin turns it to mid-wicket.
1.5
1
Bradley Currie to Jan Frylinck, Length ball, around off, Frylinck nudges it to mid on for a single.
1.4
Bradley Currie to Jan Frylinck, Three dots now! The keeper is standing up which is not allowing the batters to move across. A length ball, outside off, shapes away. Frylinck looks to cut but misses.
1.3
Bradley Currie to Jan Frylinck, Good stop! Pitches it up, outside off. Frylinck drives it on the up but the man at short cover dives and catches on a bounce.
1.2
Bradley Currie to Jan Frylinck, On a length and on middle, little bit of shape on this one. Frylinck makes a solid block.
1.1
1
Bradley Currie to Niko Davin, A length ball on the pads. Davin tucks it to square leg for a quick single.
1
over
1 | 7 Runs | HH: 7/1
0.6
1
Brad Wheal to Niko Davin, Just one run! Davin is underway! Fuller and on middle, Davin miscues his hit down to mid on for a single.
0.6
2
Brad Wheal to Jan Frylinck, NO BALL! Shorter and on the hips. Frylinck tucks it to fine leg for a single. It went off the pads. Brad Wheal has overstepped. A free-hit next.
0.5
4
Brad Wheal to Jan Frylinck, FOUR! OFF THE EDGE! A second slip would have come in handy. A length ball on middle, late away swing. Frylinck looks to defend but gets an outside edge and it flies past first slip for a boundary.
0.4
Brad Wheal to Jan Frylinck, Brad Wheal bowls it full and on middle and leg. Jan Frylinck looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. That was pitched outside the line.
0.3
W
Brad Wheal to JP Kotze, OUT! GONE! Early strike for Scotland as Kotze goes. Short in length and on middle, it was there to be pull and Kotze hits well but straight in the hands of Brandon McMullen who takes it well at short mid-wicket.
0.2
Brad Wheal to JP Kotze, This is full and outside off, Kotze drives it to mid off.
0.1
Brad Wheal to JP Kotze, A huge appeal to start the match, an appeal for LBW but turned down. Very full and on leg, looked very tight as JP Kotze misses his flick. A bit of inswing so Scotland don't think of a review there.
Time for the action to begin! Brad Wheal to begin. JP Kotze and Niko Davin are the openers.
PITCH REPORT – The square boundaries are 58m and 68m while the straight hit is at 73m. There has been a lot of tennis-ball bounce and that has forced the bowlers to go tad fuller. The captain winning the toss could bat first.
Merwe Erasmus says they will bat first. Feels the wicket won’t change a lot as it is a day game. They want to make the best use of the wicket. Adds they’ll need to do well with both bat and ball. Ends by saying the wickets have played well since they’ve arrived here.
Richie Berrington says it is an opportunity to bowl first and put some pressure on Namibia. Adds there were a lot of positive from the last game against England. Tells they have to adapt quickly as the pitch is not a straightforward to play on and have to do well with both bat and ball.
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.
TOSS – Namibia win the toss and will BAT first.
Namibia on the other hand, also have a quality players in their ranks. They too will want to prove their mettle but will have to be more clinical as they are up against a better side than Oman. Can they make it two in two?
Scotland’s openers were absolutely brilliant in the last game they played. They were in a strong position and there could have been an upset had rain not intervened. The weather is a lot better and they would be hoping to do well here yet again.
The World Cup is moving along at a rapid pace and we are now into game number 12. It is a clash from group B. Scotland will be taking on Namibia. Both have opened their account in the tournament. Scotland’s first game was a wash out against England and Namibia emerged victorious against Oman in a Super Over. That game is probably the most exciting game so far in the tournament. We can say these two sides are quite even on paper and we can expect another cracking encounter.
…Match Day…
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. They were in a strong position against England before the game was abandoned, leaving us to wonder if they could have defended their total. Openers George Munsey and Michael Jones looked solid against the English bowlers, while their middle order, with talents like Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, and Michael Leask, remains untested but formidable. Scotland boasts a versatile all-rounder in Mark Watt, and Chris Greaves can contribute significantly in both departments. Their bowling attack, featuring Brad Wheal, Bradley Currie, and Chris Sole, is solid and ready to take on the field with renewed vigor. Both teams are eager to make their mark. Will Namibia capitalize on their momentum and make it two wins in a row? Or will Scotland channel their frustration into a powerful performance to secure their first victory of the tournament? The stage is set for another thrilling encounter. Let’s find out together!