T20 World Cup 2024: Scotland thrash Namibia by 5 wickets

Namibia take on Scotland after winning against Oman in Super Over on June 3

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Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus starred with 31-ball 52 in 12th match in the World Cup 2024. — AFP

Scotland defeated Namibia by five wickets in their 12th match of the T20 World Cup 2024 at Kensington Oval Cricket Stadium in Barbados on Thursday.

Skipper Richie Berrington and Michael Leask played crucial innings to secure the victory in the 19th over.

Scotland openers faced struggle early on. George Munsey was the first batter to fall. He was dismissed by Tangeni Lungameni in the fourth over with just 7 runs to his credit. Munsey's partner, Michael Jones settled at the crease, hitting 26 off 20 deliveries, including three fours and a six. However, his wicket was claimed by off-spinner Erasmus.

Erasmus caused further troubles for Scots as he stumped Brandon McMullen for 19 runs. After him, Matthew Cross departed after making just one run, courtesy of an LBW from Bernard Scholtz.

The tide turned in Scotland's favour when skipper Berrington and Leask settled for a good partnership for the fifth wicket. Their 72-run stand steered Scotland towards their milestone victory. Leask's fireworks included four sixes as he contributed 35 runs off 17 balls before his dismissal in the 18th over.

With his composed knock of 47 runs from 35 balls, Berrington finished the chase in style. He concluded the innings with a six off David Wiese. His unbeaten innings guided Scotland to a memorable triumph over Namibia.

Playing first, Namibia set a 156-run target for Scotland. The Scottish bowlers dominated the Namibians after the latter opted to bat first. 

Only skipper Gerhard Erasmus was the notable batter. Striking fireworks for the side, the skipper hit 52 runs off 31 balls with the help of five boundaries and two maximums. His innings was cut short by off-spinner Michael Leask.

Zane Green scored 28 runs off 27 deliveries with a six and a four.

This was the fourth Group B match of the tournament. Namibia bagged a win in their first game against Oman while Scotland's game against England was abandoned due to the rain.

Playing XIs

Namibia: Michael van Lingen, Nikolaas Davin, Jan Frylinck, Gerhard Erasmus (c), JJ Smit, David Wiese, Zane Green (wk), Malan Kruger, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz, Tangeni Lungameni

Scotland: George Munsey, Michael Jones, Brandon McMullen, Richie Berrington (c), Matt Cross (wk), Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal, Chris Sole, Brad Currie