T20 World Cup: Smit leads Namibia to four-wicket win over Scotland

Smit leads Namibia to win over Scotland
Namibia's JJ Smit hits the winning shot. Photo: AFP

Abu Dhabi: J J Smit (32 not out off 23 balls) led the way for Namibia to defeat Scotland by four wickets in a Group 2 match of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Wednesday.

The win also marks Namibia's first-ever win in the Super 12 stage of the mega event.

Chasing 110, Namibia had a slow start with 26 runs coming in the first five overs. In the final over of power-play, they lost Michael van Lingen, who top-edged a pull to cover off Safyaan Sharif. Four overs later, Namibia lost their second wicket as Zane Green holed out to longoff off Chris Greaves.

Two overs later, Michael Leask triggered a classic off-spinner dismissal while going through Gerhard Erasmus' stumps. In the very next over, Craig Williams was stumped by Mark Watt while coming down the pitch for a flick.

JJ Smit and David Wiese put on a stand of 35 runs off 31 balls to take Namibia closer to the target. But Leask took out Wiese with an outside edge flying to short third man in the 18th over to keep Scotland in the hunt.

It didn't deter Smit as he drove for a boundary off Wheal in the penultimate over before finishing off the match in style, smashing a six over point to seal a tight win for Namibia with five balls remaining.

Brief scores: Scotland 109/8 in 20 overs (Michael Leask 44; Ruben Trumpelmann 3/17) lost to Namibia 115/6 in 19.1 overs JJ Smit 32 not out; Michael Leask 2/12).

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