Namibia edge home against Scotland at World Cup

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

Namibia held their nerve to beat Scotland by four wickets in the final over of a tense Super 12s match at the Men's T20 World Cup.

Namibia, who like Scotland are competing at this stage for the first time, stuttered in their chase of 110 but sneaked home with five balls to spare in Abu Dhabi.

They were 67-4 at one stage and their scoring ground to a halt as two more wickets fell late on, but JJ Smit hit an unbeaten 32 from 23 balls to seal victory with a six over point.

Scotland were left ruing a horror start with the bat before they limped to 109-8, largely thanks to Michael Leask's 27-ball 44.

George Munseywas bowled by the first ball of the match and Scotland were 2-3 when Ruben Trumpelmann took two more wickets in the opening over.

Humbled by Afghanistan in their opening Super 12 game, Scotland face New Zealand, India and Pakistan in their remaining Group 2 fixtures.

Namibia had never won a World Cup match before this tournament but can now add this triumph to the historic victories against the Netherlands and Ireland which took them through the qualifying round.

Namibia break more new ground

Namibia came into the game as slight underdogs, ranked 16th in the world to Scotland's 12th, but, despite their wobble with the bat, ended the match posing for photographs after another landmark victory.

When their captain Gerhard Erasmus was bowled by left-arm spinner Leask and opener Craig Williams was stumped down the leg side off Mark Watt in the 12th and 13th overs respectively, there was an outside chance of a Scotland victory.

But Smit remained calm, even when David Wiese fell for 16 with eight still needed.

In truth, Namibia won the game through Trumpelmann's opening burst.

The fiery left-arm seamer found swing and utilised it well. After Munsey played on, Calum MacLeod edged behind and Richie Berrington was lbw to a ball that nipped back.

Leask's hard-hitting innings, which included four fours and two leg-side sixes, rescued Scotland from a repeat of their 60 all out against Afghanistan.

He also took 2-12. Had Scotland mustered another 20 runs, their bowling display may have been enough.

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