Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Trumpelmann leaves Scotland with a lot to reflect on. Trumpelmann's opening spell of 3 overs saw him pick three wickets for 11 runs, during which he bowled 13 dot balls
Trumpelmann's opening spell of 3 overs saw him pick three wickets for 11 runs, during which he bowled 13 dot balls
If there have been the highs of beating Bangladesh in Oman, there have also been the lows of 60 all out against Afghanistan. After an impressive show to progress to the Super 12 stage, Scotland were given a harsh reality check. Even before Rashid Khan could come into the attack, Scotland were left five down. Needless to say, Kyle Coetzer's men came into the contest struggling with batting insecurities.
Scotland's two collapses – 53 for 6 against Bangladesh and 60 against Afghanistan – had come against the spinners. And hence, when Matthew Cross stressed there wasn't too much reflection on what happened in Sharjah, there was a reason behind it. Namibia were always going to pose a different challenge with their left-arm pacers and it wasn't a surprise that Cross sounded quietly confident given Namibia was a team that “they know a bit more about, and expect a better performance”.
On Wednesday though, things went pear-shaped for Scotland in the very first over the match. Ruben Trumpelmann knocked over George Munsey, Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington in the opening over of the game to leave Scotland reeling at 2 for 3. The highlight of Trumpelmann's opening burst – where he bowled three overs – was the way he kept the batters guessing.
The opening ball – which Munsey chopped on – was outside off and moving away from the left-hander. He got the ball swinging back in to MacLeod, and delivered two wides down the leg side while trying to find his line – but pushed one across to catch the outside edge. Berrington, the stand-in captain on the night, was lbw first ball to another delivery moving in as Trumpelmann ended his opening spell with figures of 3 for 11 in 3 overs, including 13 dot balls. The pressure built by the opening burst meant Scotland's opening boundary came only in the fifth over and they had to endure another dismal powerplay with 22 for 4 on the board after the first six.
Trumpelmann became the first bowler to bag three wickets in the opening over of a men's T20I fixture. For those familiar with the story of Namibia cricket, it wasn't a surprise that the left-arm pacer is delivering at the world stage. The early promise he showed while representing South Africa Universities translated into first-class success for Northerns, where he bagged 41 wickets from 17 matches at 24.75. He was the leading wicket-taker for Northerns in the 2018-19 three-day Provincial Cup. Despite the early success, there were no opportunities for him with Titans. And while wickets in multi-day cricket came in a rush, it was no guarantee that results will flow in shortest format as well.
It took a nudge from the Namibia assistance coach and former South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel for Trumpelmann to consider a future with Namibia. Trumpelmann's father was born in Windhoek – paving the way to Namibia's side – and the airport chat with Morkel convinced the pacer to give the move a go. Ahead of the tournament, Trumpelmann spoke about “loving the team environment and feeling at home”.
It wasn't a straightforward journey though. While he did meet to criteria to play for Namibia, passport troubles delayed his plans. He had to travel back and forth and with COVID bringing things to a standstill, the arrival of the passport was delayed even further by eight months. “It felt great to win and hope to get a few more,” Trumpelmann said post the game. “I'm focused on the training and happy to see that things went my way. I was nervous out there, but I thought, it's the World Cup, so why not enjoy it. I use the swing as a weapon upfront, so luckily it went my way today.”
Scotland had to endure an unkind cut ahead of the game with finger injury ruling Kyle Coetzer out of the contest. Berrington acknowledged the opening over turned out to be fatal for his side. “To have the first over like that, it makes it pretty hard to recover,” he said. “We showed a lot of fight in the middle overs and it's unfortunate we couldn't get enough to give us a chance in the second innings. It wasn't the easiest wicket to get going and you are never in on that sort of pitch. We didn't have quite enough to play with. We will now take a couple of days to reflect on a little bit. It'll be nice to take a couple of days to reflect and try and move forward.”
While Scotland have a lot to reflect on, Namibia's climb is about to get steeper with tussles against Afghanistan, New Zealand, Pakistan and India coming up.