Scotland blown up by Ruben Trumpelmann in T20 World Cup loss to Namibia

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ANY idea of ​​the Super 12 fixture on this T20 world The trophy had fallen out of Scotland’s favour, and can now be placed firmly in the bin.

While the matches against Afghanistan and then Namibia looked like a positive start ahead of the matches against India, New Zealand and Pakistan, things turned out a little differently.

After being hammered by Afghanistan by 130 runs on Monday, it was Namibia’s turn to feast on Scotland’s weaknesses, choking them to just 109, then easing them to their goal with a spare four wickets.

The extent of the defeat could have been much worse given that the Scots found themselves in two-thirds after the first win, but it was still a painful night in Abu Dhabi.

Shane Burger and his players now have a week to recuperate before waiting for more difficult challenges.

“I was very disappointed with the performance,” Burger admitted. “I thought our bowling and field games were on par, if not better than theirs, but that kind of total is very difficult to defend.

“It wasn’t the easiest wicket, but it certainly wasn’t 109 wickets, and we need to do a lot of things better. We know that, and we’re going to use the next five or six days to make sure we hit what we definitely need to improve.”

Scotland Couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start. Captain Kyle Coetzer, who lost the game with a finger injury, hopes to score big were shattered in a grim opening that dropped three goalies for just two runs, both from the wides.

Shortly after, before Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington could even get a run between them, George Munsey fell with the first ball clinging to his logs.

Bowler Ruben Trumpelmann couldn’t believe his initial chances for his team and could not believe his luck for his team, which even after just six balls felt the game had turned in Namibia’s favour, MacLeod was behind and reserve captain Richie Berrington had already trapped his leg. wicket.

It could have gotten worse for Scotland when Coetzer’s replacement Craig Wallace didn’t seem to knock his stick down for a risky single shot with Matt Cross. The third referee took a glance but sided with Wallace.

This gave the wicket keeper some extra life, but he wasn’t able to make the most of it as he left in sixth place – lbw’s David Wiese – leaving Scotland struggling again at 16/4.

This threatened to be another source of embarrassment, but Cross and Michael Leask offered some respectability belatedly as they stopped the bleeding and started adding some runs.

Scotland managed to get a drink halfway through scene without losing anyone else but knowing they must speed up the rate at which they publish a tally that will give Namibia something to think about.

Leask tried to raise the bet – he beat Michael van Lingen to 10 runs over two balls – but as Scotland seemed to be settling in, Cross went to the first ball of the next round and was smothered by Jan Frylink.

This was another setback and sent Chris Greaves to his partner Leask, who seemed determined to make it his own, and Greaves maxed out JJ Smit with a few limits.

Leask looked good as he entered 17th, but missed the ball to crush Smit again and went up to 44.

Mark Watt was down to just three, but Greaves and Josh Davey saw Scotland all the way to their extreme points, with Greaves running out for 25 on the final delivery and finishing in 109/8, the third-lowest T20 World Cup score ever.

He didn’t look anywhere close enough and required Scotland to land a pilot with the ball.

Instead, Namibia went smoothly to 28 before Scotland finally made the leap. Safyaan Sharif slammed into one short hit and van Lingen’s pull attempt was easily caught by Berrington.

Scotland didn’t get their second base until Namibia reached 50. It was Greaves who claimed it, smashing Zane Green into a big shot, and Munsey made the catch.

Next up was Dangerman Gerhard Erasmus, bowling brilliantly by Leask and giving Scotland a glimmer of hope when Cross brilliantly surprised Craig Williams from Watt’s bowling.

But even though two more rooks were down – the latter was a draw – Namibia was not in danger of not seeing it, the victory was sealed with a six to add to the Scottish bitterness.

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